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Daily Financial Regulation Update -- Wednesday, February 3, 2020

February 03, 2021

By Paul Hastings Professional

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Administration Changes

Appointments/Confirmation Hearings

Department of the Treasury – Janet Yellen (effective January 26, 2021)

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – Rohit Chopra (Nominee)

Securities and Exchange Commission – Gary Gensler (Nominee)

Small Business Administration – Isabel Guzman (Nominee)

Department of Education – Miguel Cardona (Nominee)

Commodity Futures Trade Commission

National Credit Union Administration – Todd M. Harper

Department of Housing and Urban Development – Marcia Fudge (Nominee)

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 the full text of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, Enacted December 27, 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.

U.S. House of Representatives

Committee on Financial Services

Congresswoman Waters Announces February Committee Hearing Schedule

February 1, 2021

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, announced the hearing schedule for February 2021, including a hearing entitled “Game Stopped? Who Wins and Loses When Short Sellers, Social Media, and Retail Investors Collide,” to be held on February 18, 2020

Federal Agencies

Federal Reserve Board

The COVID-19 Shock and Consumer Credit: Evidence from Credit Card Data

February 2, 2021

The Divisions of Research & Statistics and Monetary Affairs of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System released a paper titled “The COVID-19 Shock and Consumer Credit: Evidence from Credit Card Data.” The authors use credit card data to study the impact of the COVID-19 shock on the use and availability of consumer credit across borrower types from March through August 2020. The authors document an initial sharp decrease in credit card transactions and outstanding balances in March and April 2020. While spending starts to recover by May 2020, especially for risky borrowers, balances remain depressed overall.

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

New York Fed Releases Economist Spotlight Series

February 2, 2021

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s economic education team released the first in its Economist Spotlight Series. The series, which will start with a focus on Black economists, includes worksheets for middle school and high school students. The initial spotlight features Dr. Sadie T.M. Alexander, the first Black person in the U.S. to earn a Ph.D. in Economics.

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Boston Fed’s Rosengren: 'We Need to Rethink Jobs' to Help Those Most Hurt during Pandemic

February 2, 2021

Eric S. Rosengren, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, spoke alongside Rafael Bostin, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, during the Federal Reserve Bank’s Uneven Outcomes in the Labor Market conference.

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority

New Research: Global Pandemic Brings Surge of New and Experienced Retail Investors into the Stock Market

February 2, 2021

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued a release titled “New Research: Global Pandemic Brings Surge of New and Experienced Retail Investors into the Stock Market.”

National Credit Union Administration

NCUA Chairman to hold Webinar on February 11, 2021 on NCUA Priorities

February 2, 2021

The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) will hold a webinar on February 11, 2021 at 2 p.m. Eastern that will provide participants with an update on Chairman Todd M. Harper’s priorities, the NCUA’s supervisory activities and recently issued guidance and regulations.

Federal Housing Finance Agency

Mortgage Performance during the COVID-19 Pandemic

February 2, 2021

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) issued a blog titled “Mortgage Performance during the COVID-19 Pandemic.” The blog presents data drawn from the National Mortgage Database (NMDB®) sponsored by the FHFA and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which shows the national impact of the CARES Act on mortgage performance. The data is based on what the past-due status of mortgages reported to the credit bureaus would be if a credit report were pulled for every borrower on the last day of the month.

International

UK Financial Conduct Authority

FCA Publishes Review into Unsecured Credit Market

February 2, 2021

The Financial Conduct Authority published a report on change and innovation in the unsecured consumer credit market following a review by its former Interim Chief Executive, Christopher Woolard.