Fed policies ‘absolutely’ don’t add to inequality, Powell says


Chairman Jerome Powell said the Federal Reserve's actions during the coronavirus outbreak have been aimed squarely at helping U.S. workers, not Wall Street or wealthier Americans. He also said Friday that a new lending program geared toward middle-market firms is "days away" from getting up and running.


Fed can do only so much to limit pandemic's economic hit: Powell


The head of the U.S. central bank said its emergency credit programs were not designed to prop businesses up over the long term.


Agencies urged to pause CRA reform as banks manage pandemic response


The OCC is plowing ahead on plans to modernize the Community Reinvestment Act, but a growing consensus of industry and community voices says now is not the time for a major overhaul.


Will Congress's coronavirus response watchdog have any teeth?


Financial institutions could testify before the bipartisan commission overseeing the unprecedented economic aid for industries hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. But without subpoena authority, the panel’s impact may be limited.


Coalition urges Congress to protect stimulus checks from garnishment


In a rare show of unity, banking industry and consumer advocacy groups told congressional leaders that it is not too late to ensure individuals can access all of their coronavirus relief funds promised by the government.


GOP senator asks Treasury, Fed for virus-aid details


The head of the Senate panel overseeing Federal Reserve and Treasury Department efforts to boost the U.S. economy urged the agencies to remember their disclosure requirements.


Banks join calls to shield stimulus checks from debt collection


In some cases, financial institutions are required by court order to divert funds to private creditors. But the industry has added its voice to a consensus for a legislative update to ensure Americans receive their full amount.


Let fintechs make SBA loans


Online lenders can help the agency distribute loans faster as it gets set to deploy emergency funding to small businesses.


Fed opens liquidity lines with more central banks


The expansion of the dollar swap lines allows foreign central banks to meet the needs of companies and financial institutions rushing for dollars as the global payments system undergoes severe strain due to the coronavirus.


Takeaways from ex-Wells Fargo board members’ visit to Congress


The bank’s former chair expressed regret over comments attributed to her in a House report, while Democrats and Republicans butted heads over whether the hearing was necessary.