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Fintech Edge

Posted June 3, 2020

We are living in a time of immense technological change, driven in part by our ability to capture data, convert it into new information, and use that information to inform decision-making, automate activities, and develop new products and services. Unfortunately, information can also be used to manipulate actions, discriminate on improper grounds, and open once intimate spaces up to unforeseen dissection and analysis. A growing range of stakeholders and policymakers are acknowledging the need to more proactively balance the benefits and risks of this data explosion, and there are robust conversations occurring across the country around the potential for improving and expanding U.S. data governance regimes.

Supervision in Brief

Posted March 13, 2020

As we address the unique and challenging circumstances of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco is focused on carrying out our important responsibilities through continuity of operations, while being mindful of the safety and well-being of everyone affected. Our top priority is the health and well-being of our employees, communities, and constituents.

First Glance 12L

Posted March 2, 2020

The 4Q19 issue of First Glance 12L notes that job and housing markets remained strong, but bank loan growth and earnings slipped. COVID-19 will pose additional headwinds to growth and bank net interest margins in 2020. The report discusses various hot topics, including the forthcoming community bank leverage ratio.

Supervision in Brief

Posted December 11, 2019

The overall financial health of the industry has allowed bankers and bank supervisors to better assess and understand a number of increasing nonfinancial risks, such as cyber security, cloud usage, and data governance. To deepen our thinking in this area, our fintech team recently hosted a Data Symposium, The Role of Consumers in the Data Ecosystem.

First Glance 12L

Posted December 6, 2019

The 3Q19 issue of First Glance 12L notes robust labor and housing markets in the District, but slower lending growth and weaker quarterly bank net interest margins. Banks’ on-balance sheet liquidity and capital ratios strengthened, on average. In addition to supervisory hot topics, the report spotlights wildfire-related risks in California.

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Will Internet-Only Banks Be A Game Changer for Taiwan?

Posted September 17, 2019

Taiwan’s Financial Supervisory Commission recently approved three licenses for internet-only banks, the first time new banking licenses have been issued since the 1990s. This blog explores potential ramifications associated with the decision. Internet-only banks are well positioned to bring two important potential benefits: expanded access to credit and banking sector innovation. Nonetheless, their entrance will likely bring even more competition in Taiwan’s already saturated banking market.

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