Santander’s CRA rating upgraded to ‘outstanding’


The Boston-based bank said the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency gave it the highest grade possible on its most recent Community Reinvestment Act examination. Santander had received a “needs to improve” grade in 2017 and had a “satisfactory” rating in 2018.


Eugene Ludwig to step down as Promontory CEO


The former comptroller of the currency, who founded the consulting firm known for its roster of ex-regulators, will hand over leadership of day-to-day activities to an operating committee as he pursues other projects.


Why data aggregators want to be regulated by CFPB


As the bureau writes data-sharing rules, the third-party firms that work with fintechs say oversight by the agency would be more efficient — and better for consumers — than being policed by their bank partners.


Regardless of who leads it, OCC has inherent conflict of interest


The jockeying over who President Biden should appoint to head the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has focused attention on how to regulate the fintech sector, but the discussion has glossed over flaws in the agency's funding structure that have persisted across administrations.


Tough choice for next OCC chief: Erase or redefine 'fair access' rule


The Biden administration’s yet-to-be-named comptroller of the currency is widely expected to invalidate the GOP-backed measure that bars banks from shunning gun makers, fossil-fuel producers and the like. But another option is to recast it to promote investment in underserved communities.


OCC approves trust charter for second crypto firm


Protego Trust Bank in Seattle will focus on providing custody services for investors that hold digital assets. The OCC decision comes weeks after the agency granted permission to a South Dakota trust company to offer crypto-related services.


Court rules lawsuit challenging CRA rule can proceed


A federal judge denied the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's motion to have the case thrown out, saying concerns about the agency's rulemaking process to reform the Community Reinvestment Act have merit.


OCC halts publication of 'fair access' rule


The rule, finalized in the waning days of the Trump administration and scheduled to take effect in April, would have punished banks for denying services to certain firms without documented reasons for doing so.


Biden's OCC expected to chart new course for fintechs, crypto, AML


The most likely picks for comptroller of the currency have pushed tech-driven approaches to financial inclusion and anti-money-laundering, and would bring new perspective to regulating cryptocurrencies.


Biden’s banking picks shouldn’t expect Yellen treatment


The Senate’s confirmation of Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen was notably bipartisan. But experts say congressional Republicans are poised to give nominees for the federal banking agencies heavier scrutiny.