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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

FDIC to Discuss Off-balance-sheet Risk-based Capital Guidelines next week

by Calculated Risk on 8/19/2009 08:39:00 PM

On the agenda for the FDIC board meeting next week:

Memorandum and resolution re: Final Statement of Policy of Qualifications for Failed Bank Acquisitions.

Memorandum and resolution re: Final Rule on the Extension of the Transaction Account Guarantee Program.

Memorandum and resolution re: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Regarding Risk-Based Capital Guidelines; Impact of Modifications to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles; Consolidation of Asset-Backed Commercial Paper Programs; and Other Related Issues.
The first item is important because this is the issue supposedly limiting bids from private equity firms for failed banks. See from MarketWatch: FDIC chills private-equity bank bidders

On the second issue, from Reuters: US to study impact of new off-balance-sheet rules (ht jb)
U.S. regulators plan to gauge how severe of a hit banks will take from an accounting change that will force them to bring more than $1 trillion of assets back on their books.

Next week regulators expect to propose a rule that seeks input on whether banks need more time to build capital cushions against the assets that were once held by off-balance-sheet trusts.

Banks will still have to move the assets back on to their books on Jan. 1, 2010, but regulators want feedback on the impact of the accounting change and whether it might be prudent to phase in the risk-weighted capital that must be held against the assets.
There is much more in the article.