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Office of Comptroller of the Currency Encourages Banks to Issue Small Loans to Consumers

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued a Bulletin today encouraging banks to issue small loans to consumers. In past years, banks have shied away from providing credit that was deemed too high risk to pursue and too costly to originate. As… Read More

OCC to Hold Innovation Office Hours in San Francisco to Promote Responsible Federal Banking System Innovation

On Thursday, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) today announced it will hold Innovation Office Hours, on July 17th-19th, in San Francisco to promote responsible innovation in the federal banking system. According to the OCC, the Office Hours are one-on-one meetings with OCC… Read More

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Warns that Online Bluegate Industrial Bank is Fake, Domain Registered in Benin

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has posted a warning regarding an entity calling itself Bluegate Industrial Bank USA, N.A.. The OCC said the firm claims to be an online financial institution offering regular banking products as well as loan services. Apparently… Read More

Joseph Otting Has a Lot on His Plate as the New Comptroller

Joseph Otting, a former banker and CEO of OneWest Bank, was approved by the Senate in a party line vote last week to take over the helm at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). As Comptroller, Otting will be stepping into an… Read More

Like a Bad Dream: Community Banks Fire Back at Acting Comptroller of the Currency & His Insistence Competition is Good for Banks

Acting Comptroller of the Currency Keith Noreika delivered a speech this week that has the traditional banking industry up in arms.  Noreika made the heretical statement that competition is good for the banking industry inciting the wrath of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA),… Read More

Acting Comptroller Noreika: Fintech’s Should be Free to Seek a National Bank Charter

At Georgetown University today, Acting Comptroller of the Currency Keith Noreika reaffirmed his belief that Fintech s should have the option to apply for a national bank charter or Fintech Charter as it is frequently called. While there was little new in the presentation delivered… Read More

Acting Comptroller of the Currency Keith Noreika Hammers CFPB Arbitration Rule

Keith Noreika, acting Comptroller of the Currency, published an Op-Ed in the Hill on Friday that hammered the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) decision to push forward an updated rule on arbitration clauses for financial service firms. At the time the ruling was announced, CFPB… Read More

Reason for Optimism: OCC Chief Says Reducing Regulatory Burden Means More Economic Opportunity

Acting Comptroller of the Currency, Keith Noreika, delivered a speech to midsize bank risk officers today that struck a positive note. The head of the OCC said there was much room for optimism as the regulatory pendulum has shifted away from the monolithic belief that… Read More

Acting Comptroller of the Currency Keith Noreika Addresses Online Lending & Fintech Innovation

Speaking at the Online Lending Policy Summit in Washington, DC, Acting Comptroller of the Currency Keith Noreika discussed the online lending industry and his perspective on responsible innovation. Noreika told the conference participants; “I see the growth of online lending and marketplace lenders as the… Read More

OCC Motion to Dismiss Regarding Conference of State Bank Supervisors Lawsuit: A Fatally Premature Attempt to Remedy a Speculative Harm

Earlier this month the Office of Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) fired off a counter salvo in the legal battle regarding the OCC Fintech Charter. The Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) launched an attack against the OCC this past spring. Many Fintech industry participants… Read More

OCC Challenges CFPB on Arbitration: “Rule may adversely affect the institutions within the federal banking system and their customers”

Acting Comptroller of the Currency Keith Noreika is out with a statement on the controversial Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) rule on arbitration agreements.  The CFPB announced a final position on Arbitration clauses with certain financial service firms and consumers. The rule has been criticized as… Read More

New Era in Banking? Digital Only Varo Bank Files for National Bank Charter

Varo Money has applied for a national bank charter from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) for federal deposit insurance. This is the next step in creating a digital only challenger bank (Varo Bank) that… Read More

Vincent Basulto Provides Perspective on OCC Fintech Charter Speech by Comptroller Keith Noreika

Yesterday, the acting Comptroller of the Currency, Keith Noreika, dove into one of the hottest debates the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has endured in years. Noreika expressed his support on the concept of creating a national Fintech Charter to allow nascent… Read More

Acting Comptroller Answers Fintech Question: “What are your thoughts on granting national bank charters to financial technology companies?”

The Acting Comptroller of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Keith Noreika, answered a pressing question today in a speech delivered at the Exchequer Club in Washington, DC. Noreika asked the question of himself that everyone in finance had been wondering; “What are… Read More

OCC Office of Innovation Schedules Open Office Hours for Fintech & Traditional Finance Firms

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is opening up its doors at its Office of Innovation.  Announced today, the OCC will host office hours for its Office of Innovation at the OCC’s district office in New York City. The OCC is welcoming… Read More

OCC Posts FAQ That Addresses Fintech Questions

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is out with an FAQ to supplement a Bulletin (2013-29). Several of the items address Fintech specifically, as well as marketplace lending. This is part of the ongoing adjustment in the financial regulatory space where policymakers… Read More

Point of View: Regulating The Fintech Revolution

What was previously a relatively innocuous industry sector, the financial technology (or “Fintech”) industry has exploded over the past few years. With the litany of new Fintech startups and existing Fintech businesses, and even Fintech specific incubators and accelerators popping up, the Fintech revolution is… Read More

Is the CSBS Vision 2020 the Answer to the OCC Fintech Charter?

Earlier this week, the Conference on State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) announced their “Vision 2020” initiative. The intent is to provide a solution for emerging Fintech firms and non-bank financial services. Vision 2020 comes after the CSBS sued the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency… Read More

Here is the Complaint Filed by the New York State Department of Financial Services Against the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

As we reported last week, Maria T. Vullo, the Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services, filed a lawsuit against the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), and Keith Noreika, acting Comptroller. The complaint pertains to the OCC”s Fintech Charter…. Read More

New York Department of Financial Services Sues OCC Regarding National Fintech Charter

The New York Department of Financial Services has filed a lawsuit in US District Court in Manhattan against the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). The action was taken to challenge the OCC’s initiative to issue national Fintech Charters. Reuters reported the NYDFS legal… Read More