Publications

The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's Division of Financial Institution Supervision and Credit (FISC) prepares periodic reports on banking trends and risks. While produced primarily for financial institutions and internal audiences, many of these reports also are made available to the public so others may gain some insight into issues and concerns of bank supervisors.

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Supervisory Spotlight

This publication offers observations by the Division Director of Financial Institution Supervision and Credit (FISC) on current banking and regulatory issues facing 12th District institutions.

March 2016: Chip Cards, CECL, and More!

This issue of Supervisory Spotlight highlights a variety of topics, ensuring that there is something relevant to every reader! The first topic discusses the U.S. migration toward EMV integrated chip cards for debit, credit, and prepaid transactions. A Community Banking Connections article provides good background on this initiative and discusses opportunities to reduce operational risk and fraud losses in card portfolios. The second topic provides perspectives on the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s proposal to change how the industry accounts for loan and lease losses, the Current Expected Credit Loss, or CECL, model. While everyone will learn much more once the standard is finalized, it is not too early to begin thinking now about the impact of this change on individual institutions. The final two topics highlight guidance and articles that provide timely reminders about two areas of supervisory concern: the importance of maintaining quality loan growth and managing commercial real estate lending concentrations and compliance with the new and legacy flood insurance rules.

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Asia Focus

These reports from the Asia Program provide context and insight into current economic and financial sector developments in the Asia-Pacific region.

Modernizing the Payment System to Increase Financial Inclusion in India

This Asia Focus reviews the role non-cash payments can play in India’s financial inclusion efforts, summarizes recent government policies to develop a national payment system that includes the unbanked, and assesses the challenges and implications of ongoing reforms.

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Banks at a Glance – Bank Profiles by State

These quarterly reports highlight key indicators of banking conditions within each of the nine states comprising the 12th Federal Reserve District.

Bank Profiles by State

Banks at a Glance covers banking conditions by state in the 12th Federal Reserve District. Each report provides an overview of banking conditions in the state and features charts and summary tables of the most relevant industry statistics and financial measures.

First Glance 12L

These quarterly reports highlight key indicators of 12th District banking conditions.

Fourth Quarter 2015: Will 2015 be the High Point for District Bank Credit Quality?

The 4Q15 issue of First Glance 12L shows District jobs expanded and overall bank credit quality improved notwithstanding economic slowing abroad and commodity and equity price volatility. Regardless, 2015 was marked by historic low net charge-off activity and may be tough to beat for credit performance metrics.

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Real Estate Lending Risks Monitor

This periodic report examines western real estate market conditions, bank lending concentrations, and loan quality indicators.

CRE Market Conditions in the West: Steady but not Spectacular

This RE Lending Risks Monitor discusses key trends in commercial real estate markets and related lending issues, geared towards lenders within the 12th Federal Reserve District (nine western states).

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Federal Reserve System Publications

Community Banking Connections
A Federal Reserve System website and publication providing additional insight on recent supervisory and regulatory developments related to community banking.

FedLinks
A Federal Reserve System resource that discusses supervisory expectations in selected areas in the context of a typical community bank business model.

Consumer Compliance Outlook
A Federal Reserve System publication dedicated to providing information and analysis of current consumer compliance issues.

The Federal Reserve System: Purposes and Functions
A Federal Reserve System publication that provides additional information on the Federal Reserve's history, responsibilities, and activities.

FRBSF Publications

Community Investments Magazine
This periodic publication focuses on current community development issues.
 
District Circular Letters
The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco uses circular letters to communicate new policies and announcements to institutions in the Twelfth Federal Reserve District.

Educational Resources and Publications
A list of resources and publications for teachers and students.

ETC: Economic Trends and Conditions
A periodic overview of national and regional economic issues of relevance to financial institutions. This publication was discontinued as of September 2012, but see archived issues here. Visit the Reserve Bank's Economic Research Publications page for current economic data, analysis, and commentary.