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Federal Reserve Board Issues Final Rule on Interchange Fraud Adjustment

October 1, 2012

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Bryan Cave

Federal Reserve Board Issues Final Rule on Interchange Fraud Adjustment

October 1, 2012

by: Bryan Cave

The Federal Reserve Board (FRB) announced an amendment to the fraud-prevention adjustment provisions of Regulation II’s debit card interchange fee standards. When Reg. II was initially released in July 2011, the section addressing this adjustment was issued as an interim final rule.

To be eligible for the adjustment of no more than one cent per transaction, an issuer must develop and implement policies and procedures reasonably designed to take effective steps to reduce the occurrence of, and costs to all parties from, fraudulent electronic debit transactions, including developing and implementing cost-effective fraud prevention technology.

According to the Board’s press release, the final rule simplifies the elements required to be included in the issuer’s fraud prevention policies and procedures, which now must address:

  • Methods to identify and prevent fraudulent electronic debit transactions;
  • Monitoring volume and value of its fraudulent electronic debit transactions;
  • Appropriate responses to
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Financial Services Update – March 18, 2011

March 18, 2011

Authors

Matt Jessee

Financial Services Update – March 18, 2011

March 18, 2011

by: Matt Jessee

G7 Rescues the Yen

On Friday, the central banks of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the European Central Bank joined with Japan to intervene and strengthen the Yen in foreign exchange markets. The Yen’s unexpected surge on Wednesday was driven by speculation that Japanese firms would repatriate some of their huge foreign assets to help meet insurance claims and pay for reconstruction.

Temporary Government Funding Bill Passed and Signed into Law

The House and Senate passed, and President Obama signed into law, a stopgap spending measure to keep the government operating through April 8. The 87-13 Senate vote averts any threat of a shutdown Friday and delivers another $6 billion in cuts to current fiscal year spending. The temporary funding bill is the sixth such continuing resolution, or CR, for the 2011 fiscal year which began October 1. To an unprecedented degree, the entire government, including war

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Financial Services Update – March 11, 2011

March 11, 2011

Authors

Matt Jessee

Financial Services Update – March 11, 2011

March 11, 2011

by: Matt Jessee

OCC Criticizes Durbin Amendment

Last Friday, John Walsh, the Acting Comptroller of the U.S. Currency who oversees regulation of the nation’s largest banks, sent a letter to the Federal Reserve criticizing the Fed’s proposed rule to implement the Wall Street Reform Act’s “Durbin debit card swipe fee” amendment. In the letter, Walsh said the Durbin amendment “takes an unnecessarily narrow approach to recovery of costs that would be allowable under the law and that are recognized and indisputably part of conducting a debit card business. This has long term safety and soundness consequences – for banks of all sizes – that are not compelled by the statute.”

Locke to Leave Commerce for China

On Thursday, President Obama announced that he had chosen Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to succeed Jon Huntsman as U.S. Ambassador to China. While the President has yet to announce Locke’s replacement, speculation has centered on the former

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Financial Services Update – February 25, 2011

February 25, 2011

Authors

Matt Jessee

Financial Services Update – February 25, 2011

February 25, 2011

by: Matt Jessee

Government Shutdown Looms

On Friday, House Republicans are expected to release a two-week stop-gap funding measure that would cut $4 billion in spending from the current fiscal year’s budget. While Senate Democrats have indicated they will likely not support the proposed $4 billion in cuts, momentum has shifted towards reaching an agreement to avoid a March 5th shutdown when the current funding measure expires. The new Republican spending measure will come on the heels of the just passed House Republicans’ seven-month appropriation bill that would have slashed $61 billion from the current fiscal year spending. The yet to be released House Republican spending plan is expected to make the cuts in the two-week spending bill proportional to the levels in the measure passed last week.

However, if House Republicans and Senate Democrats are unable to reach an agreement, the federal government shutdown would be guided by the Anti-Deficiency Act, which

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Financial Services Update – December 17, 2010

December 17, 2010

Authors

Matt Jessee

Financial Services Update – December 17, 2010

December 17, 2010

by: Matt Jessee

Congress Passes Tax Package

On Monday, the Senate passed the $858 billion tax package sending the bill back to the House where it passed late Thursday night. The bill now heads to President Obama’s desk for his signature into law. While the package does not include a repeal of the Form 1099 health care requirement or extension of the Buy American Bond program, the bill does the following major items:

  • extends through 2012 the current individual income tax brackets, capital gains and dividends rates for all taxpayers;
  • increases the AMT exemption amounts for 2010 to $47,450 (individuals) and $72,450 (married filing jointly) and for 2011 to $48,450 (individuals) and $74,450 (married filing jointly);
  • extends through 2011 the ability to take an itemized deduction for state and local general sales taxes in lieu of the itemized deduction permitted for state and local income taxes;
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