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Federal Reserve governor lauds banks for resilience

During an industry event last week, Federal Reserve Gov. Michelle Bowman praised banks for their recent examples of resilience during the pandemic, and how recent supervision and regulation have contributed to a “safer, stronger, better capitalized” banking system. Bowman’s comments primarily focused on what she called the Fed’s “incremental approach to ongoing refinements” in supervision and regulation and the critical …

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Bank CEOs: Financial institutions ready for economic headwinds

The CEOs of the nation’s seven largest retail banks testified before the House Financial Services Committee last week in a hearing that touched on a wide range of topics, although high inflation and the Federal Reserve’s decision to once again raise the federal funds rate loomed large. During the six-and-a-half hour hearing, the executives fielded questions ranging from mortgage practices …

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OBA hosts candidate forum

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Bankers Association hosted 16 candidates who will be on statewide ballots in November, including three gubernatorial opponents, at a forum during its monthly board meeting on Wednesday. The forum, which took place in the OBA’s Harris Event Center in Oklahoma City, was highlighted by the appearance of Gov. Kevin Stitt, and his Democratic opponent in …

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Fed prepares for interest rate raise

Traders are expecting the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates at its meeting later this month. The possibility of a third straight three-quarter point hike looks to be high, according to stories in several media outlets. You can read one, via CNBC, by clicking here.

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OCC to lower assessments

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency will lower assessments in 2023 as part of an effort to close the pricing differential between state and federal charter assessments, Acting Comptroller of the Currency Michael Hsu said last week during remarks to the Texas Bankers Association. Effective in March, the agency will make a 40% reduction in assessments for a …

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Fed to continue pursuing ‘restrictive policy’ to combat inflation

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A recent easing in the rate of inflation hasn’t been enough to convince the Federal Reserve to reverse course on raising interest rates, with the Federal Open Market Committee likely to pursue a “restrictive policy stance for some time,” Fed Chair Jerome Powell said at a Jackson Hole, Wyoming, monetary policy conference last week. While higher interest rates and a …

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‘Banks are safe’ PSAs available from OBA

The Oklahoma Bankers Association has created “Banks are safe” public service announcements for its member banks ready for display at the bank or for insertions into local newspapers. These ads and – available at no cost to member banks – echo the Association’s successful “Nothing’s Safer Than Money In The Bank” public relations campaigns from the past two decades. “With …

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CFPB warns non-bank financial businesses about data security

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau published a circular on Aug. 10 explaining that non-bank financial firms – such as fintech companies and credit reporting agencies – may violate the Consumer Financial Protection Act’s prohibition on “unfair acts or practices” if they fail to protect sensitive consumer financial information. The circular notes that insufficient data protection may also violate the Gramm-Leach-Bliley …

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OBA partners with ABA, CUNA, other state bankers associations to oppose credit card routing mandates

In a letter sent to the entire House and Senate, a coalition made up of 51 state bankers associations and state credit union associations and leagues from across the country joined the American Bankers Association and Credit Union National Association in strongly urging lawmakers to oppose Sen. Roger Marshall’s and Sen. Dick Durbin’s deeply flawed “Credit Card Competition Act of …

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IBM Security: Data breaches expensive for financial institutions

IBM Security commissioned a 12-month study of 550 organizations across multiple sectors as part of an annual report on data breaches, and the results were released earlier this week. The cost of dealing with a data breach for financial institutions rose by $250,000 compared to a similar study conducted in 2020-2021. IBM defined financial services as banks, insurance and investment …

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