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Reading the Financial Tea Leaves: CREFC Market Outlook Survey 2017

CREFC has surveyed some of its attendees—all major participants in the commercial real estate finance industry—at the 2017 CRE Finance Council January Conference in Miami.  CREFC’s 2017 market outlook survey confirmed what we observed at the conference this year, that for the most part survey respondents were cautiously optimistic in the face of the Trump Administration, … Continue Reading

Why Regulation Fails

I’d like everyone to go out and buy a copy of Professor Paul Mahoney’s slender new book, Wasting a Crisis – Why Securities Regulation Fails.  Paul is a brilliant guy.  Until this spring, he was the dean of the University of Virginia School of Law where he is the David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor … Continue Reading

Dodd-Frank Rulemaking Developments by the Fed for Fed-Supervised Insurance Firms

The Dodd-Frank Act was a cornucopia of opportunity for rule writers. To the regulatory community, this was almost a bottomless candy jar. And so our regulatory apparatchiki began to beaver away and produced, to date, something like 22,000 pages of rules which purport to moderate or prevent bad behavior by all those nasty institutions perceived … Continue Reading

A Trip Through the Labyrinth – The Regulatory Man in Full

And now to return to our commentary a few weeks back about the stultifying impact of ill-thought through rules and regulations (at best) (Brexit has intervened).  This is our Regulatory State which broadly attempted to pick winners and losers and modify market behavior, to get an engineered outcome by using the blunderbuss of proscriptive rules … Continue Reading

If Interesting and Prosperous is a Choice, I’ll Take Door Number Two: Perspectives on 2016

As we do each year at Crunched Credit, we take the end of a calendar year as an opportunity to stop and reflect on where we are, and what the next year might hold. Recognizing the certainty that a successful prediction is more a random event – a blind cat finding a dead mouse, than … Continue Reading

Mrs. Yellen, What in the World Are You Doing?

Is the Federal Reserve overreaching by broadening the scope of its policies? If extremism in the defense of liberty is (reportedly) no vice, unremitting, continuous undisciplined chatter for the sake of transparency is no virtue.  God knows transparency has become the sine qua non of public ethics these days.  To be accused of not being … Continue Reading

Fed Issues Additional Guidance on Extended Conformance Period – Be Careful What You Ask For

A few steps forward and a giant leap back.  This familiar phrase might be the perfect summary of the CLO market’s Volcker Rule roller coaster since December 2013.  A few weeks ago we wrote about the Federal Reserve Board’s (the “Fed”) less than satisfying “fix” to address what the market has perceived as one of … Continue Reading

Federal Reserve Extends Volcker CLO Compliance Period

On April 7th the Federal Reserve Board (the “Fed”) announced that it would provide banking entities with two additional one-year extensions to conform their ownership of CLOs covered by the Volcker Rule.  The Fed stated that it would act on these extensions in August of 2014 and 2015.  The Fed’s action would extend the conformity … Continue Reading

U.S. Banking Agencies Issue Final Rule on Capital Requirements to Address Market Risk

Several U.S. banking agencies recently approved a joint final rule, set to go into effect on January 1, 2013, regarding the amount of capital required under risk-based capital rules for banking organizations to cover market risk.  The new rule aims to revise banking organizations’ internal modeling practices to better analyze and calculate their exposure to … Continue Reading

GSEs: The Night of the Living Dead

I am on a Halloween kick right now – it’s the elections. I hear Zombies are popular this year.  Zombies indeed.  Do you ever think this could be a deeply sophisticated and sly commentary on our GSEs?  How droll.  They are scary.  How about that for a segue. The private securitization market for residential mortgages … Continue Reading

American Bankers Association: Regulatory Reform Initiative

Today the American Bankers Association will publish its Summary and Analysis of the Regulatory Reform Conference Report. The project will provide detailed summaries of each title of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act conference report, as well as analysis of which entities will be affected and how. The conference report has been … Continue Reading

Securitization Survives Round One

Back from vacation … The sheer joy of re-engagement cannot be captured in words.  But, can there be a better way of restarting than perusing FinReg?  Being the parochial structured finance lawyer that I am, I start with Subtitle D with the Potemkin village-like name of  "Improvements to the Asset Backed Securitization Process" and Section … Continue Reading

More From FASB

FASB wants to expand Fair Value to other financial assets.  That bears repeating:  FASB has published an Exposure Draft that would extend the dubious joys of fair value accounting to ALL financial assets.  I so wish I was making this up.  On May 26, 2010, FASB published this missive. Fair Value seems to hold a … Continue Reading
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