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[Docket No. R-0841]

Revenue Limit on Bank-Ineligible Activities of Subsidiaries of Bank Holding Companies Engaged in Underwriting and Dealing in Securities

AGENCY: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The Board is increasing from 10 percent to 25 percent the amount of total revenue that a nonbank subsidiary of a bank holding company (a so-called section 20 subsidiary) may derive from underwriting and dealing in securities that a member bank may not underwrite or deal in. The revenue limit is designed to ensure that a section 20 subsidiary will not be engaged principally in underwriting and dealing in such securities in violation of section 20 of the Glass-Steagall Act. Based on its experience supervising these subsidiaries and developments in the securities markets since the revenue limitation was adopted in 1987, the Board has concluded that a company earning 25 percent or less of its revenue from underwriting and dealing would not be engaged principally in that activity for purposes of section 20.

EFFECTIVE DATE: March 6, 1997.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gregory A. Baer, Managing Senior Counsel (202/452-3236), Thomas M. Corsi, Senior Attorney (202/452-3275), Legal Division; Michael J. Schoenfeld, Senior Securities Regulation Analyst (202/452- 2781), Division of Banking Supervision and Regulation, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. For the hearing impaired only, Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TDD), Dorothea Thompson (202/452-3544), Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 20th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

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