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.

Plans and actions to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19)

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. We will continue to communicate relevant information as soon as it becomes available, and we stand ready to support our employees, member banks and customers in any way we can.

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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.

Second Quarter 2019

Economic and banking conditions among the 12th District’s nine states remained solid in the first half of 2019. Job growth continued, despite decelerations in some states. Average bank profitability and loan growth were above national averages, and loan growth contributed to tighter liquidity. See Banks at a Glance for more.

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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 Role of Individuals in the Data Ecosystem: Current debates and considerations for individual data protection and data rights in the U.S.

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.

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First Glance 12L

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

First Quarter 2020: COVID-19: From Headwind to Hurricane

The 1Q20 issue of First Glance 12L charts the sudden and dramatic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic. Federal stimulus and borrower relief blunted some of the economic and banking damage, but the path of the recovery remains uncertain. The report highlights various hot topics, including the small business credit landscape.

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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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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.