The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) is expected to rule on two matters Tuesday stemming from new accounting standards for off-balance-sheet assets.
The FDIC is ready to complete an interagency rule bringing capital levels in line with a decision by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB)in June that required certain off-balance-sheet holdings, including securitizations, to be brought onto the balance sheet.
As a result of the FASB change, the FDIC will also consider a proposal to restrict its safe harbor for securitized assets that are tied to failed institutions.
Since securitizations have previously been separate from a bank's balance sheet, the FDIC has ordinarily not seized these assets when resolving failed institutions. But the FASB rule left investors and banks worried that the FDIC might change its policy.
Last month, the FDIC said it would maintain the safe harbor until April but — considering how securitizations contributed to the financial crisis — propose conditions for use of the safe harbor in the longer term.