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.


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Hard Policy Challenges Exist Amid Positive Banking Conditions

Posted August 2, 2019

This issue of Supervision in Brief discusses three topics that arose during a recent Western Bankers Association roundtable at our Los Angeles branch. While banking conditions remain very positive overall, our conversations at the roundtable revealed that banking and financial services still face a number of challenging and complex policy issues. These include CECL adoption, Community Reinvestment Act reform, and the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. Taken individually, each of these issues is a key factor in the life of a modern financial institution. Taken together, they serve as a reminder that positive banking conditions, no matter how good, do not resolve hard policy challenges.


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Fed Leadership Changes and Regulatory Reform Will Shape Our Supervisory Agenda

Posted June 6, 2018

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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December 2017: Growth and the Importance of a Longer-term View of Today’s Decisions

Posted December 14, 2017

This issue of Supervision in Brief summarizes the latest economic and banking conditions within the 12th District. We note strong but moderating growth in jobs, housing prices, loans, and improvements in earnings. We also feature recent discussions in Community Banking Connections on CRE concentrations and risk management, and highlight commentary on bank efficiency efforts and their effects on long-term viability. Finally, we remind bankers about several Fed outreach activities, and recap the joint Federal Reserve-Conference of State Bank Supervisors Community Banking in the 21st Century research and policy conference.

August 2017: Introducing Tracy Basinger

Posted August 29, 2017

Tracy Basinger was appointed executive vice president and director of the Financial Institution Supervision and Credit Division at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco on July 1, 2017. In this special first issue of Supervision in Brief, her quarterly newsletter to bankers in the 12th District, she provides highlights on her background and offers views of some of the important issues facing financial institutions.