FHLBanks Seek to Keep FHFA-Imposed Captive Insurer Ban
July 20, 2018
Efforts in the Senate and House to reverse the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s rule that ended captive insurer membership in the Federal Home Loan Banks is getting pushback from a handful of FHLBanks. Six FHLBank presidents wrote lawmakers to express their strong opposition to reversing the final rule on FHLB membership issued in January 2016. They included the FHLBanks of Des Moines, New York, Pittsburgh, Topeka, Boston and Dallas. Among them, they serve financial institutions in 33 states. Despite receiving hundreds of comments against the proposed rule, the FHFA implemented the ban because it was concerned about the growing number of captive insurers gaining FHLBank membership access to take advantage of cheaper financing.