EBAday 2020: Stablecoins could pose threat to level playing field in payments landscape


EBAday 2020: Stablecoins could pose threat to level playing field in payments landscape

The level playing field of payment services could be undermined by the widespread use of stablecoin network, according to Maria Teresa Chimienti, market infrastructure expert at the the European Central Bank.

Payment Systems, Digital Currencies and Reform in Israel

With the expansion of fintech, non-traditional players have entered the payments market. Central banks have responded by exploring regulatory frameworks that can both manage risk and foster innovation. They are also developing their own new tools, such as central bank digital currencies. Oded Salomy, director of payment systems at the Bank of Israel, discusses the new regulatory landscape, the role of the central bank and how Israel is approaching digital currencies.

How To Optimize Your Full eCommerce Business for Prime Day

While Prime Day 2022 hasn’t been officially announced yet, now is the time for eCommerce sales teams to start preparing for one of the biggest shopping events of the year. From inventory management and buy box monitoring to Prime Day deals and post-event reporting, there is a lot to prepare and optimize before, during, and after the event.

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How to find (and fix) gaps in your product detail pages
Inventory best practices to reduce out-of-stock issues
How to prepare your entire eCommerce team for Prime Day
Monitoring the Buy Box to ensure 3P compliance during the event
What to consider for post-mortem reporting

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Oversight of Prudential Regulators: Ensuring the Safety, Soundness, Diversity… (EventID=115200)

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On Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. (ET) full Committee Chairwoman Waters and Ranking Member McHenry will host a virtual hearing entitled, “Oversight of Prudential Regulators: Ensuring the Safety, Soundness, Diversity, and Accountability of Depository Institutions.”

Witnesses for this one-panel hearing will be:

• The Honorable Michael Barr, Vice Chairman of Supervision, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

• The Honorable Martin Gruenberg, Acting Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

• The Honorable Todd Harper, Chairman, National Credit Union Administration

• Mr. Michael Hsu, Acting Comptroller of the Currency, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency


Prudential regulation of insured depository institutions is divided among four Federal regulators, consisting of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Fed), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), and the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). Section 1108 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) created the position of Vice Chairman for Supervision for the Fed and requires the Vice Chairman to testify before the Committee regarding the Fed’s supervision and regulation of depository institutions and other financial firms. This hearing fulfills that requirement while allowing the Committee to provide oversight of all four Federal regulators with prudential regulatory duties. This memo provides background on depository institutions and an overview of supervisory and regulatory developments.

Background on Depository Institutions

As of June 30, 2022, there were 4,771 FDIC-insured banks. Most of these institutions are community banks; for example, 4,333 of these banks held less than $10 billion in total assets (90 percent). Between the second quarter of 2021 and the same quarter this year, these banks made $64.4 billion in profits, and total assets rose by more than $944 billion (4.1% increase) to nearly $23.7 trillion. Total loans and leases outstanding held by these banks at the end of June 2022 increased to $11.7 trillion (8.4% increase). In addition, there were 4,853 NCUA-insured credit unions with 132.6 million members as of June 30, 2022. Most credit unions tend to be similar in size to small banks. At the end of June 2022, nearly 86% of credit unions had less than $500 million in assets.4 Between the second quarter of 2021 and the same quarter this year, credit union assets increased 8.1% to $2.14 trillion. Total loans outstanding held by these credit unions increased to $1.39 trillion (16.2% increase).

Diversity in Banking

Prudential regulators play a role in promoting diversity in the banking system. For example, each regulator maintains an Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) and is required to promote and preserve minority depository institutions (MDIs). The OMWIs record, report, and encourage diversity representation at each regulator and across those entities regulated. According to the latest agency reports, there were 144 MDI banks with a combined $328.7 billion total assets, 509 MDI credit unions with a combined 5.1 million members and $65.5 billion total assets, and 2,620 low-income designated credit unions. Of the 1,380 certified community development financial institutions (CDFIs), there were 320 CDFI banks and 472 CDFI credit unions.8 As part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2021, Congress provided $12 billion in capital investments and grants to support MDIs and CDFIs and the communities they serve; $9.5 billion of those funds have been deployed to date. Banking regulators have several initiatives designed to support MDIs and CDFIs. For example, in September 2021, the FDIC launched the Mission-Driven Bank Fund to channel private capital to MDI and CDFI banks. COVID-19 Pandemic Banking Trends

At the onset of the pandemic, banking regulators encouraged financial institutions to work with affected customers, including through loan modifications and forbearance.12 According to the Fed, in the second half of 2021, banks reported lower delinquency rates across loan categories. Furthermore, as government pandemic programs ended, loan modifications in the fourth quarter of 2021 fell to $134 billion, which was less than one-quarter of their peak ($621 billion) in the second quarter of 2020. The Fed also reported that low mortgage rates in 2021 spurred a wave of refinancing, but that refinancings reached a 22-year low this year in light of interest rates going…


EBAday 2022: Deutsche Bank’s forecast for Stablecoins

Manuel Klein, Product Manager, Blockchain Solutions & Digital Currencies, Corporate Bank, Deutsche Bank speaks at EBAday2022 in Vienna about stablecoins. We learn about which types of stablecoins exist in the market and how do they differ, what happened to UST stablecoin and whether the central bank will provide their own CBDC in the future.

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