Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

A Regulatory Peek into 1991

Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

A Regulatory Peek into 1991

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The pace at which things move today makes it harder to predict what will arise in Washington. A good place to begin is the semiannual regulatory agenda published by many agencies that affect banking. These are among those collated in the Federal Register's Unified Agenda of Federal Regulations. The latest version of this federal "to do" list came out in late October. Here are some clues, listed by agency-, Comptroller's Office. the agency is considering proposing several rules affecting relations with security holders. First, it is considering requiring more detailed information to be released regarding bank loan portfolios, the intent being to improve shareholders' ability to evaluate the soundness of proposed mergers, acquisitions, and the like. Along similar lines is a proposal under consideration that would mandate further disclosures in bank securities offerings. Another possibility is a rule on banks' sales of their own or affiliates' securities on their premises. A concern, raised in the wake of the Lincoln Savings failure, is that customers may confuse any such uninsured securities offerings with the offering of federally insured deposits. Legislation pertaining to this matter failed in the last Congress. …

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