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02.01.2012 Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Issues Proposed Rules for Annual Stress Tests, as Required under Dodd-Frank

BY:  EDMUND D. HARLLEE

 

On Monday, January 23, 2012, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the “FDIC”) issued proposed rules to implement the requirements of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (the “Act”) described below.  Comments must be received by March 23, 2012.

 

Section 165(i)(2) of the Act requires state non-member banks and state savings associations supervised by the FDIC having total consolidated assets of more than $10 billion to conduct annual internal stress tests and to report the results to the FDIC and the Federal Reserve Board.  A summary of the results of such testing is also required to be published.  A “stress test” is a process used to assess the potential impact on the bank of various economic and financial conditions, with a view to the impact on the bank’s consolidated earnings, losses and capital over a certain period of time.

 

This proposed rule sets forth methodologies and practices to be used in conducting the stress tests.  The FDIC is to provide a set of economic and financial conditions (called “scenarios”) to covered banks no later than mid-November of each year.  The results of stress tests are to be received by the FDIC no later than January of the following year, with the results to be made public by early April.

 

Covered banks and other interested persons may comment, and should do so if they think that these rules, or the specifics of the implementation of these rules as published in the notice, will have an adverse effect on their businesses.  According to the notice of proposed rulemaking, there are various methods for the submission of comments.  Those commenting should review page 3167 of the Federal Register dated January 23, 2012 (Volume 77, Number 14) for instructions.

 

If you have any questions about the information in this Alert, please contact Ed Harllee at eharllee@williamsmullen.com.