What's New? myRA Retirement Accounts

Effective November 4, 2015 a new type of retirement account, the myRA is available through the U.S. Treasury. The myRA works like a Roth IRA and is for taxpayers who do not have a 401(k) plan or other employer sponsored retirement plan. Click here for details.

What's New? CRA Asset Size Threshold Change

On December 22, 2015, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency announced the annual adjustment to the asset-size thresholds used to define 'Small Bank,' 'Small Savings Association,' 'Intermediate Small Bank,' and 'Intermediate Small Savings Association' under the CRA Regulations. See Bank Size Criteria.

What's New? Charitable Rollovers for IRA Owners Over 70-1/2

A provision allowing qualified charitable donations from IRAs has been extended through 2015 and made permanent for future years. Individuals age 70½ or over may exclude up to $100,000 from gross income for donations paid directly to a qualified charity from their IRA. See Charitable Donations .


What's New? Increase to NYS Wage Exemption Amount for Restraining Notices and Levies

The New York Exempt Income Protection Act (“EIPA”), effective January 1, 2009, amended Article 52 of the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules (“CPLR”) to limit the ability of judgment creditors and others to restrain Social Security and other exempt funds. 

Beginning April 1, 2012, the Superintendent of the Department of Financial Services is required, and at each three year interval thereafter, to update the current dollar amount of exemption from enforcement of judgments under New York Civil Practice Law.

Because the New York State minimum wage is increasing from $8.75 to $9.00 an hour as of December 31, 2015, the amount of the wage exemption under the EIPA is increasing from $2,100 to $2,160 as of that date.

Read more in The Gold Book under Exemptions.


What's New? Threshold for Smaller Loan Exemption from Appraisal Requirements for Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Federal Reserve Board, and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) announced that the threshold for exempting loans from special appraisal requirements for higher-priced mortgage loans during 2016 will remain $25,500.

Click here to read more in The Gold Book. 


What's New? Dollar Thresholds in Regulations Z and M for Exempt Consumer Credit and Lease Transactions

The Federal Reserve Board and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced the dollar thresholds in Regulation Z (Truth in Lending) and Regulation M (Consumer Leasing) that will apply for determining exempt consumer credit and lease transactions in 2016. These thresholds are set pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) amendments to the Truth in Lending Act and the Consumer Leasing Act that require adjusting these thresholds annually based on the annual percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W).

Click here to see details in The Gold Book.


New HMDA Rules

The CFPB recently published the final rule to Regulation C, which implements HMDA. The new rule makes changes to covered institutions and transactions. The new rule also changes the information institutions collect and report about mortgage loans and applications. Stay tuned for Gold Book updates concerning the final rule and its implementation.


What's New? 2016 Cost-of-Living Adjustments

The Internal Revenue Service announced cost‑of‑living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2016. In general, the pension plan limitations will not change for 2016 because the increase in the cost-of-living index did not meet the statutory thresholds that trigger their adjustment.

However, other limitations will change because the increase in the index did meet the statutory thresholds.

See the following sections in The Gold Book for updates:

Income phase-out for IRA deductions, click here.

Roth IRA contribution phase-out, click here.

AGI limit for Saver's Credit, click here.

Cost-of Living Chart, click here.




What's New? Chip Card POS Technology

Most credit card issuers in the United States and over 80 countries worldwide have adopted chip card technology, also known as EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa). 

Beginning today, banks and other card issuers may be liable for fraudulant credit or debit card activity if this technology has not been adopted. 
Read more in The Gold Book.



What's New?: ATR/QM Rule & High Cost Mortgage Rule Updates

The CFPB has updated the loan amounts for points and fees calculations under the Ability-to-Repay/Qualified Mortage rule and High-Cost Mortgage Rule. These amounts have been updated for inflation and are effective beginning January 1, 2016. 

See Qualified Mortgages: Limitations and High-Cost Mortgages in The Gold Book.


Free FDIC Seminars

The FDIC will conduct live seminars on FDIC deposit insurance coverage for bank employees and bank officers between September 24, 2015, and December 2, 2015.

In addition, the FDIC has developed three separate Deposit Insurance Coverage Seminars for bank officers and employees, which are now available on FDIC's YouTube channel.

Both the live and the YouTube deposit insurance coverage seminars will provide bank employees with an understanding of how to calculate deposit insurance coverage. The live seminars each provide a comprehensive overview of FDIC deposit insurance. The three YouTube seminars cover: Fundamentals of Deposit Insurance Coverage; Deposit Insurance Coverage for Revocable Trust Accounts; and Advanced Topics in Deposit Insurance Coverage.

Click here for more information.


What's New? Final Rule for Loans in Areas Having Special Flood Hazards

The FDIC, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the National Credit Union Administration, and the Farm Credit Administration approved the issuance of a joint final rule to amend their respective regulations regarding loans in special flood hazard areas. The final rule amends the FDIC's flood insurance regulation, at Part 339 of Title 12 of the Code of Federal Regulations, to incorporate and implement certain provisions in the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (BW Act) and the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (HFIAA) regarding detached structures, force placement of flood insurance, and escrowing of flood insurance premiums and fees.

Read more in The Gold Book:

Flood Insurance Escrow Requirements

Force Placed Insurance

Detached Structures


Federal Reserve announces steering committees of new Payments Task Forces

The Federal Reserve on Tuesday announced the members of the steering committees of both the Faster Payments Task Force and Secure Payments Task Force described in the Strategies for Improving the U.S. Payment System paper released in January 2015Representatives were elected by the membership to represent stakeholder categories within each task force. Three appointments were made by the Federal Reserve task force chair to ensure that stakeholder perspectives were sufficiently represented.

The steering committees will advise the Federal Reserve task force chair on meeting agendas and assist in prioritizing the various task force activities. The committees will also assist in establishing and recommending the scope of work groups, synthesizing task force perspectives and determining items in need of task force deliberation.

More information may be found at


What's New? Flood Insurance Escrow Requirements

On June 22, the federal banking agencies issued a joint final rule that modifies the mandatory purchase of flood insurance regulations to implement some provisions of the Biggert-Waters and Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Acts.

Notable highlights include that the final rule, among other things: (i) expands escrow requirements for lenders who do not qualify for a small lender exception, (ii) clarifies the detached structure exemption, (iii) introduces new and revised sample notice forms and clauses relating to the escrow requirement and the availability of private flood insurance, and (iv) clarifies the circumstances under which lenders and servicers may charge borrowers for lender-placed flood insurance coverage.

The escrow provisions and sample notice forms will become effective on January 1, 2016, and all other provisions will become effective October 1, 2015. The agencies reminded that the escrow provisions in effect on July 5, 2012, the day before Biggert-Waters was enacted, will remain in effect and be enforced through December 31, 2015.

Read more in The Gold Book, chapter Flood Insurance Escrow Requirements.


What's New? Host Loan-to-Deposit Ratios

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency recently issued the host state loan-to-deposit ratios that they will use to determine compliance with section 109 of the Riegle-Neal Interstate Banking and Branching Efficiency Act of 1994. These ratios update data released on July 2, 2014.

In general, section 109 prohibits a bank from establishing or acquiring a branch or branches outside of its home state primarily for the purpose of deposit production. Section 109 also prohibits branches of banks controlled by out-of-state bank holding companies from operating primarily for the purpose of deposit production.

Section 109 provides a process to test compliance with the statutory requirements.

The host state loan-to-deposit ratio information may be found in The Gold Book


What's New? ABLE Accounts

IRS recently issued a news release announcing Proposed Regulations that offer guidelines for new state-sponsored ABLE Accounts for People with Disabilities. The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act recognizes the special financial burdens faced by families raising children with disabilities. ABLE accounts are designed to enable people with disabilities and their families to save for and pay for disability-related expenses. It also permits a state to establish and maintain a new type of tax-advantaged savings program (under Section 529A of the Internal Revenue Code) for a qualified disabled person. Read more in The Gold Book, chapter ABLE Accounts.


What's New? Updated Flood Insurance Rules

On June 22, 2015, five federal regulatory agencies announced the approval of a joint final rule that modifies regulations that apply to loans secured by properties located in special flood hazard areas.  The final rule implements provisions of the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (HFIAA) relating to the escrowing of flood insurance payments and the exemption of certain detached structures from the mandatory flood insurance purchase requirement.  The final rule also implements provisions in the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 (the Biggert-Waters Act) relating to the force placement of flood insurance.

The Gold Book has been updated accordingly here.


CFPB Concern About Overdraft Practices

On June 11, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a report on bank and credit union overdraft practices that raises concerns about whether the overdraft costs on consumer checking accounts can be anticipated and avoided. The report shows big differences across financial institutions when it comes to overdraft coverage on debit card transactions and ATM withdrawals, drawing into question how banks sell this account feature. The report also finds that consumers who opt in for overdraft coverage end up with more costs and more involuntary account closures.

As part of an on-going study, this month the CFPB asked Fiserv, a worldwide provider of financial services technology, to provide anonymous overdraft data for research purposes.  If the CFPB finds that policies or practices do not protect consumers in accordance with federal consumer protection law, it will use its authorities to provide such protection. The goal is to make checking accounts more fair, transparent, and competitive and to ensure consumers are empowered to take control over their economic lives.

The CFPB, which has been raising issues over banks’ overdraft practices since 2012, is soon expected to announce new regulations to address the concerns.

Additional information may be found on the CFPB website here:



Bank Domain Names

The .bank domain is open to federally and state chartered financial institutions and provides marketing opportunities and enhanced security features such as better encryption and authentication.

Financial institutions owning federally-registered trademarks have only a few days left to secure their .bank domain before the general registration period opened on June 18, 2015. At that time domains can be purchased on a "first come, first served" basis and there is no guarantee a bank may be able to secure a .bank domain, even if it has a trademark for its name.

Qualified financial institutions must be registered with the Trademark Clearinghouse prior to seeking registration of a .bank domain. Once a mark has been registered with the Clearinghouse, the owner can register for other new top-level domains.

Banks with federally registered trademarks seeking to secure their .bank domain must act quickly to ensure that they can obtain .bank domains corresponding to their marks.

To read more on the topic, visit


What's New? Your Home Loan Banking Toolkit

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released a toolkit, "Your Home Loan Banking Toolkit" to replace the Special Information Booklet prepared by HUD to assist borrowers in understanding the nature and cost of real estate settlement. The toolkit is designed to be used in connection with the new Loan Estimate and Closing Disclosure forms that will be effective on August 1, 2015. Creditors must provide the toolkit to mortgage applicants as a part of the application process. Read more in The Gold Book here.