June 27, 2017
Federal Reserve Board announces $3 million fine against Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (BNY Mellon) for unsafe and unsound practices
For release at 10:00 a.m. EDT
The Federal Reserve Board on Tuesday announced a $3 million fine against Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (BNY Mellon) for unsafe and unsound practices after the firm improperly assigned a lower risk weighting to a portfolio of assets, reducing the firm's risk-based capital ratios.
In 2010, following a change in the relevant accounting rules, BNY Mellon consolidated a portfolio of collateralized loan obligations onto its balance sheet. BNY Mellon incorrectly assigned the assets a zero-risk weighting, which was improper under the rules in place at the time. As a result of its improper treatment of the portfolio BNY Mellon understated its reported risk-weighted assets and overstated its risk-based capital ratios for nearly 14 quarters.
BNY Mellon took action to correct its risk-weighting and risk-based capital ratios when the errors were identified, and BNY Mellon is now in compliance.
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