U.S. bank regulator finalizes new community lending rule

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. banking regulator introduced on Wednesday it had finalized work on a long-running effort to alter neighborhood lending requirements for banks.

The new rule from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is an replace to necessities stemming from the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act, which requires banks to help lower-income debtors and their communities, and for regulators to grade them on that effort.

The new rule, which doesn’t take full impact till 2024, was a prime precedence for the OCC’s chief, Joseph Otting. A former financial institution government, Otting got here to the job vowing to overtake the foundations, which had been final up to date in 1995. Multiple media reviews stated that Otting plans to quickly step down from the put up the place he has served since 2017. An OCC spokesman declined to touch upon the matter.

However, the general destiny of the rule is unclear. The OCC is one among three regulators liable for implementing the rule, alongside the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Federal Reserve. Neither regulator joined the OCC in adopting the brand new guidelines on Wednesday, and the U.S. central financial institution has but to even suggest any adjustments.

Regulators with joint duty over a algorithm usually try to undertake a constant normal. But banks now will probably be cut up by way of guidelines they need to comply with, relying on which regulator is in control of overseeing them immediately.

FDIC Chairman Jelena McWilliams stated the company was not ready to equally full its rule rewrite, including that smaller banks had been already dealing with a “Herculean effort” in serving to companies climate a world pandemic.

The new rule from the OCC is aimed toward clarifying for banks what kinds of actions qualify for credit score beneath the rule, and updating qualifying actions to higher replicate how banks do enterprise presently, after the business complained for years the grading course of was opaque.

Reporting by Pete Schroeder; Editing by Andrew Heavens and Paul Simao


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