June 30, 2009

Agencies Seek Comment on Proposed Interagency Guidance on Funding and Liquidity Risk Management

  • Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
  • Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Office of Thrift Supervision
  • National Credit Union Administration

For immediate release

The federal bank, thrift, and credit union regulatory agencies are seeking comment on the proposed Interagency Guidance on Funding and Liquidity Risk Management.

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of Thrift Supervision, and the National Credit Union Administration are issuing this guidance to communicate consistent expectations on sound practices for the management of funding and liquidity risks, and to strengthen liquidity risk-management practices. This guidance brings the agencies' liquidity risk principles into alignment with the international guidance issued in September 2008 by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision titled, Principles for Sound Liquidity Risk Management and Supervision.1

Recent turmoil in the financial markets emphasizes the importance of good liquidity risk management for the safety and soundness of financial institutions. The proposed guidance emphasizes the importance of cash flow projections, diversified funding sources, stress testing, a cushion of liquid assets, and a formal, well-developed contingency funding plan for measuring, monitoring, and managing liquidity risk. The proposed guidance, when finalized, will apply to all domestic financial institutions, including banks, thrifts, and credit unions.

The agencies are requesting comments on all aspects of the proposed guidance, which will be published in the Federal Register. Comments are due within 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.

Federal Register notice: 83 KB PDF | HTML

1.  NCUA is not a member of the Basel Committee and federally-insured credit unions are not subject to Basel-issued principles. Return to text

Media Contacts:
OCC Dean DeBuck 202-874-5770
Federal Reserve Barbara Hagenbaugh 202-452-2955
FDIC David Barr 202-898-6992
OTS William Ruberry 202-906-6677
NCUA Cherie Umbel 703-518-6337
Last Update: June 30, 2009