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FDIC Adds to List of Bank Collapses as Texas Bank Goes Down

With only weeks left before the end of 2013, FDIC has added another tally to its list of the year's bank failures. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) announced Friday the closure of Texas Community Bank, National Association, in the Woodlands, Texas.

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Feds: New Rules Not Expected to Interfere with Fair Lending

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Five federal agencies issued Tuesday a statement assuring creditors that they do not run the risk of being found in violation of fair lending laws should they choose to only originate qualified mortgages (QM) as defined earlier in the year. With creditors having to consider a balance of secondary market opportunities, capital requirements, and credit and liability risk, regulators say they expect there will be a need for most businesses to fine-tune their products in response--something they should be used to.

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OCC Deputy Stresses Importance of Multifaceted Risk Management

At an industry event held in Phoenix, Darrin Benhart, deputy comptroller for credit and market risk at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, described the changing face of risk management as the mortgage industry adapts to increased regulation. "As you well know, the list of mortgage-related reforms is extensive," Benhart said. "These reforms mean you will need an even greater emphasis on risk management techniques that not only look at credit risk but also encompass operational and compliance risk."

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Agencies Propose More Exemptions for Appraisal Rules

In a joint release, six federal financial regulators proposed exemptions from Dodd-Frank appraisal requirements for loans of $25,000 or less, certain streamlined refinancings, and certain loans secured by manufactured housing. Those exemptions would join others already laid out earlier this year. According to the release, the proposed exemptions "are intended to save borrowers time and money and to promote the safety and soundness and creditors."

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Regulators Propose Higher Capital Requirements for Largest Banks

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Federal regulators announced a proposal Tuesday to double the standard Basel III leverage ratio for the "largest, most systemically significant" banks. The proposal would also require covered bank holding companies to maintain a tier 1 capital leverage buffer of at least 2 percent above the minimum supplementary leverage ratio requirement of 3 percent, for a total of 5 percent, the regulators stated. Currently, the proposed rule would apply to eight banks.

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Commentary: Unintended Consequences

When Congress enacted Dodd-Frank in retribution for perceived ills, you had to know banks would come up with new ways to replace lost revenues, but bankers were too clever by half.

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