Economist Goodfriend Nominated To Federal Reserve Board of Governors

President Donald Trump nominated macroeconomist Marvin Goodfriend, monetary policy expert and central banking historian, to serve as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

Fed Funds Rate to Remain, For Some Time, Below Expectations

The Federal Reserve issued a statement saying, “The federal funds rate is likely to remain, for some time, below levels that are expected to prevail in the longer run.”

FDIC Reports Syndicated Loan Risk Remains High

According to the FDIC’s recently released Shared National Credit Program Review, regulators said risk in the portfolio of large syndicated bank loans declined slightly but remains elevated.

All Banks Pass Fed Stress Tests for First Time Since Testing Began

The Wall Street Journal reported that all 34 banks that underwent the annual stress test from the Federal Reserve had their capital plans approved.

Fed Raises Rates for the Second Time in 2017

The Federal Reserve raised the federal funds rate to a target range of 1% to 1.25%, marking the second increase in the rate in the last three months.

Federal Reserve Raises Benchmark Rate

In light of strong job growth and increased economic activity, the Federal Open Market Committee voted to raise the target range for federal funds rate a quarter of a percentage point with three more increases planned for 2017.

Regulators Reject Wells Fargo ‘Living Will’ Plan, Impose Restrictions

The FDIC and Federal Reserve rejected Wells Fargo’s latest “living will” plan and, as a result, have placed restrictions on the bank’s ability to grow its international and non-bank activities.

Fed: Domestic C&I Loan Demand to Remain Steady

The October 2016 Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practices addressed demand for bank loans to businesses over the past three months and a steady outlook for the next six months.

Fed Moves to Provide Stress Test Relief for Regional Banks

The Fed is proposing to modify its capital plan and stress testing rules for the 2017 cycle that would remove banks with less than $250 billion in assets from being included in the annual CCAR qualitative review.

Fed Holds Rates, Notes ‘Soft’ Business Fixed Investment

The FOMC decided at its most recent meeting to maintain the target range for the fed funds rate at 1/4 to 1/2%. The committee noted household spending has been growing strongly, but business fixed investment remained soft.