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Profile: Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation
Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation was a participant or observer in the following events:
The Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation (FSLIC) is established. It is administered by the Federal Home Loan Bank Board (FHLBB), which was formed by the Federal Home Loan Bank Act of 1932. The FSLIC is created as part of the National Housing Act of 1934, New Deal legislation passed amid the ongoing Great Depression in order to make housing and home mortgages more affordable. The act, which also establishes the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), is signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Upon its creation, the FSLIC is assigned a capital stock of $100 million. All federal savings and loan associations (S&Ls) will be required to apply for insurance through the FSLIC; other building and loan associations whose capital is not impaired are also allowed to apply. The FSLIC is given certain regulatory powers over insured institutions, requiring each institution to accumulate reserves over several years, and assesses an annual insurance premium, calculated at 0.25 percent of the total amount of all accounts of insured shareholders or members, plus any creditor obligations. The FSLIC will routinely suspend insurance premiums whenever its reserve fund is greater or equal to five percent of all insured accounts and creditor obligations of all insured institutions. [Courier News, 7/28/1934]
The state of Texas approves a major liberalization of savings and loan associations’ (S&Ls) powers, allowing property development loans of up to 50 percent of their net worth. This will be compounded in 1982, when, in response to massive defections of state-chartered S&Ls to the federal system, California, then Texas and Florida, allow S&Ls to invest 100 percent of deposits in any kind of venture. In addition, while S&Ls operating under state charters are allowed to obtain federal insurance under the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation (FSLIC), states with the softest standards can still qualify on the same basis. [Texas Savings and Loan Department, 7/14/1967; Texas Savings and Loan Department, 8/15/1967; Economic Populist, 8/4/2008] More than one-half of all S&L losses nationwide, including 14 of the 20 largest losses, will be in Texas. [Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, 12/20/2002]
The Capital Assistance Act of 1982 is introduced by Sen. E.J. (Jake) Garn (R-UT) and three co-sponsors under the title, “A bill to provide flexibility to the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to deal with financially distressed institutions.” [Library of Congress, 5/20/2008; Library of Congress, 5/20/2008] The bill provides the following:
Amendments to the National Housing Act and the Federal Deposit Insurance Act so that the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation (FSLIC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) may buy capital certificates from institutions that they regulate, for the purpose of either increasing or maintaining the capital of those institutions.
Criteria that qualifying institutions must meet to receive this assistance. The criteria differ from those required by the Net Worth Guarantee Act importantly in requiring a prior net worth of three percent of assets, instead of two percent in the House version.
Parameters of the initial capital certificates, and provision for the subsequent modification of those parameters at the discretion of the FSLIC and FDIC.
Restriction of aid to cases in which this course of action is less costly than liquidation of the institution would be. [Library of Congress, 5/20/2008] The most important difference between the Capital Assistance Act (CAA) and the Net Worth Guarantee Act (NWGA) is that the CAA is meant to avoid the need for a Congressional appropriation of funds. Instead of establishing a Treasury account to be drawn on to fund the assistance, as does the NWGA, the CAA would permit the assisting agencies, FSLIC or FDIC, to give the thrifts promissory notes in exchange for the thrifts capital certificates. [New York Times, 5/15/1982] The Capital Assistance Act of 1982 is evidently the bill that Rep. Wylie promised several days previously would be introduced into the Senate, on the occasion of the approval by the House Banking Committee of the Net Worth Guarantee Act without the amendments that Wylie had offered for that bill. The new bill in the Senate has several features of Wylie’s amendments. [New York Times, 5/12/1982] According to Sen. Garn, Treasury Secretary Donald T. Regan also contributed to the new bill.
Eventual Fate - On August 19, while under consideration in the Senate Banking Committe, the key provisions of S.2531 will be incorporated into S.2879 and passed to the floor of the Senate the next day. Bill S.2879 will be passed by the Senate on September 24, and ultimately incorporated into H.R.6267, the Garn-St Germain Depository Institutions Act of 1982. [Library of Congress, 5/20/2008; Library of Congress, 5/20/2008]
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