Forum President & CEO Rob Nichols’ Statement Federal Reserve, FDIC Feedback on Resolution Plans

The financial services industry is strongly committed to working with the Federal Reserve and the FDIC to ensure effective resolution and recovery planning. The industry not only welcomes, but also needs comprehensive and substantive feedback from the regulators on the living will process.

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Commentary: Forum President and CEO Rob Nichols Discusses Recent GAO Report on Large Bank Funding Differential on Bloomberg TV

Appearing on Bloomberg TV’s “Bottom Line”, Financial Services Forum President and CEO Rob Nichols explained that a recent GAO report that examined if a funding differential for large banks exists concludes that any cost of funding differential large banks once had has been dramatically reduced if not eliminated or reversed. Nichols further discussed why any such advantage will not come back in the event of a future crisis, citing the major legislative, regulatory, and industry changes since 2009, and explaining what motivates investor decisions.

In the interview Nichols said: “I think there are many conclusions here that show there’s not a borrowing cost advantage on the part of large institutions. When you add that together with all of the massive reforms that are underway and still being implemented, I think we can make a compelling case that if we want to keep our economy growing, we don’t want to add on and layer additional regulation and legislation at this moment of time.”

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27 January, 2015

ForumBlog: Financial Innovation Addresses Social Challenges – Is Washington Paying Attention?

With Republicans in control of both the House and the Senate for the first time since 2006, and President Barack Obama in the final two years of his presidency, there may be a chance to break through the gridlock, just as former President Bill Clinton and a Republican Congress did on welfare reform almost 20 years ago. One promising area for possible bipartisan collaboration lies in the so-called “pay for success” model for addressing social problems. Under “pay for success,” government’s contribution and impact is not measured just in the dollars spent but in lives actually improved. Institutions such as Goldman Sachs, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, BNY Mellon, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase and others have worked with state and local governments to pioneer and explore these products, which are often known as social impact bonds or investments. New York Times columnist David Brooks recently wrote about how this type of investment is now entering the mainstream and is a promising tool to address social problems.
20 January, 2015

Forum Statement on President Obama’s Bank Tax Proposal

"We urge policymakers to reject this tax targeting a small group of companies and instead focus on achieving broad-based, pro-growth tax reform that ensures our economic recovery continues. As the largest financial institutions continue to simplify, reduce risk and leverage, build capital, provide the credit to keep the economy growing, and make the necessary investments to protect customers from cyber threats, it would be counterproductive to layer on one more way to make it more difficult to achieve those public goals.”
4 December, 2014

Merchant Financial Cyber Partnership Announces Next Steps for Securing Payments System

The Merchant Financial Cyber Partnership announced the next steps for the two industries to continue working together to strengthen the security of the payments system. Launched in February, the Partnership has succeeded in its goal to work collaboratively across the payments system to enhance security in order to protect customers and their data from cyber threats.
25 November, 2014

Forum members’ commitment to community

With Thanksgiving and the holiday season upon us, it is an important time to give thanks and recognize all those who give back to their communities. In addition to providing the necessary capital and financial products and services that American families, businesses and the U.S. economy needs to grow and create jobs, the financial services industry makes significant commitments to help serve local communities. From providing investments and volunteers for neighborhood revitalization efforts, teaching job training skills and leadership development, supporting our veterans, and helping small business and entrepreneurs succeed, Forum member companies are making a lasting impact in local communities across the country.

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