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Daily Financial Regulation Update --Saturday, August 15, 2020

By
FedACTion Task Force
On Aug 14, 2020

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Major Developments

New York Fed Updates FAQs on the Corporate Credit Facilities

August 14, 2020

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York updated its FAQs on the Primary and Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facilities.

Congress

Click here to view the full text of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”), Enacted March 27, 2020.

Click here to view the full text of the Paycheck Protection Program Increase Act of 2020, Enacted April 24, 2020.

Click here to view the full text of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020, Enacted June 5, 2020.

Click here to view a running list of proposed legislation from the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, House Committee on Financial Services, and House Committee on Small Business.

Federal Agencies

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

New York Fed Announces Blog Series on Economic Inequality and the Effects of COVID-19

August 14, 2020

On August 17, 2020, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's Liberty Street Economics blog will release a three-part series exploring inequality in the credit markets as it pertains to COVID-19 and CARES Act debt relief.

U.S. Small Business Administration

SBA Issues Warning About Email Phishing Scams for EIDL Applicants

August 14, 2020

In the wake of emergency assistance available to help small businesses in response to COVID-19, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is urging disaster loan applicants seeking federal aid to be alert to phishing campaigns and scams. According to the SBA, malicious actors are impersonating the SBA and its Office of Disaster Assistance to collect personally identifiable information (PII) for fraudulent purposes. The SBA is particularly concerned about scam emails that are targeting applicants of the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program asking them to verify their accounts using a third-party online platform to collect PII.

Department of Housing and Urban Development/Federal Housing Administration

Secretary Carson Approves New Uses for Communities’ Coronavirus Relief Funds

August 14, 2020

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson announced new flexibilities states and local government can use in order to best utilize Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV) funds appropriated by the CARES Act to support their communities in the wake of COVID-19. To date, HUD has provided more than $3 billion in CDBG-CV funds nationwide to help communities combat COVID-19 and alleviate economic hardship. HUD is also providing flexibility to communities who want to utilize existing, non-CARES Act federal funds to support COVID-19 recovery efforts.

Fannie Mae

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Announce New Adverse Market Refinance Fees

August 14, 2020

Fannie Mae announced it is introducing a new loan-level price adjustment (effective for whole loans purchased on or after September 1, 2020 and loans delivered into mortgage-backed securities pools with issue dates on or after September 1, 2020). Freddie Mac also announced it is introducing a new market condition credit fee in price (effective for mortgages with settlement dates on or after September 1, 2020).

International

European Banking Authority

EBA Updates its Work Program for 2020 in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic

August 14, 2020

The European Banking Authority (EBA) published its updated annual work program for 2020 to reflect all the changes brought in by the COVID-19 pandemic to its activities. The updated work program aims to alleviate the burden on banks and to limit to the minimum the interaction with the industry.