Publications

The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's Financial Institution Supervision and Credit (FISC) Group 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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Supervision in Brief

This publication offers observations by the Head of Supervision of Financial Institution Supervision and Credit (FISC) on current banking and regulatory issues facing 12th District institutions. See Supervisory Spotlight for Head of Supervision communications prior to 2017.

Fed Leadership Changes and Regulatory Reform Will Shape Our Supervisory Agenda

This issue of Supervision in Brief commends John Williams, outgoing San Francisco Fed president and chief executive officer, for his leadership and legacy as he prepares to assume the presidency of the New York Fed. We also provide details on the San Francisco Fed’s presidential search process and offer an online resource to follow the progress. There is a lot of talk about the recent financial regulatory reform law, so we summarize the key points for bankers. Randal Quarles joined the Federal Reserve Board late last year as its vice chairman for supervision. We highlight his recent remarks on important monetary policy and regulatory topics. Finally, we share the latest issue of First Glance 12L, our quarterly report of 12th District banking conditions.

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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.

How Digital Innovation Can Increase Small Business Access to Finance in Asia

This Asia Focus summarizes the small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) credit gap in Asia and assesses ways certain emerging technologies and innovative business models—commonly known as “fintech”—can improve SME access to financial services in Asia and boost long-term economic growth in the process.

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Banks at a Glance – Bank Profiles by State

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

Fintech Edge

This publication offers insights into how fintech is impacting banking and financial services and how bank supervisors think about risks and opportunities presented by financial technology.

The 2018 California Consumer Privacy Act: Understanding Its Implications and Ambiguities

Data privacy is quickly becoming a top-of-mind issue for consumers, businesses, regulators, and legislators following the steady stream of media reports about data breaches and data misuse. The United States has a patchwork of federal and state data privacy laws and statutes across industries, but the increasing focus on these issues has, in part, led to the development of new legal frameworks, such as California’s Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA). The CCPA is prompting positive debate about how the patchwork of U.S. laws can be improved, but significant ambiguity remains.

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First Glance 12L

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

First Quarter 2019: District Growth Solid but Slowing amid Rising Trade Tensions

The 1Q19 issue of First Glance 12L notes decelerating growth in District jobs, home prices, and lending. Quarterly bank profits came under pressure in part because of seasonal effects on asset yields and shifts to costlier funding sources. This quarter’s Spotlight feature discusses the District’s potential economic exposure to rising tariffs.

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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.

RE Market Conditions in the West: March 2019

This issue of the Real Estate Lending Risks Monitor focuses on office sector performance, as well as the impact of coworking space on office demand in the 12th District.

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Supervisory Spotlight

Supervisory Spotlight provided observations by Teresa Curran, the former head of Financial Institution Supervision and Credit (FISC) on current banking and regulatory issues facing 12th District institutions. See Supervision in Brief for the latest updates from current FISC Head of Supervision Tracy Basinger.

Remembering Teresa Curran

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of our friend and colleague, Teresa Curran. Teresa passed away yesterday after a heroic battle against a long illness.

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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.

Federal Reserve Supervision and Regulation Report
A Federal Reserve System report summarizing banking conditions and the Federal Reserve's supervisory and regulatory activities.

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

Consumer Compliance Supervision Bulletin
A Federal Reserve System publication to share information about Federal Reserve examiners' observations and other noteworthy developments related to consumer protection.

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.