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Volume 14 - Number 25

December 12, 2014

FHFA Updates, Clarifies FHLB Capital, Stock Requirements

The public comment period closed this week on a Federal Housing Finance Agency proposed rule that updates and clarifies the requirements for Federal Home Loan Bank capital stock and capital plans. The proposal is mostly a housekeeping change, shifting regulations from the old Federal Housing Finance Board rulebook to the FHFA. “The proposed rule would not make any substantive changes to these requirements, but would delete certain provisions that applied only to the one-time conversion of bank stock to the new capital structure,” the agency said. None of the FHLBanks commented on the proposal, which would align the rules better with long-standing practices for transactions in FHLBank stock. Most significantly, the proposed rule would add appropriate references to “former members” ...

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