It has been revealed the fact that the US banks have exposure to a troubled office loan sector. Check out the latest reports below.

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The Chair of the Federal Reserve, Jay Powell, has expressed his agency’s vigilance towards financial institutions with significant exposure to the commercial real estate sector.

Speaking at the ECB Forum on Central Banking, Powell acknowledged the concerns surrounding commercial real estate loans and their potential impact on the struggling banking industry.

Powell assured that the Fed is closely monitoring the situation and has identified a considerable concentration of exposure to this sector among regional banks in the United States.

“It’s something that we, of course, are watching carefully. The way it lays out is the large banks don’t have large concentrations of commercial real estate. That’s a good place to start.

A surprisingly large part of exposure to commercial real estate is in the banks that are under $100 billion. There the worry is more banks that have a high concentration, and they are relatively few.”

The same notes continued and said:

“So it’s something that we’re carefully monitoring. Bank supervision has a playbook for this, so supervisors are talking to banks about their concentration in real estate and what can they do and how do they manage themselves out of this. It’s something that we’re well aware of. It’s not a surprise. We’re focusing on it.”

According to the Federal Reserve’s latest data, commercial real estate loans amount to $2.9 trillion as of May of this year.

Acting Comptroller of the Currency Michael J. Hsu just issued a fresh warning about potential risks to the US banking system.

In a new statement from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Hsu says that banks should be “on the balls of their feet” with regard to risk management as credit markets begin to weaken.

Hsu said the following:

“This means banks should be:

guarding against a false sense of comfort from the recent relative stability in bank markets and from the benign credit performance data over the course of the pandemic, re-evaluating exposures, especially asset and liability concentrations, across a range of scenarios, taking actions to preserve capital and maintain strong liquidity consistent with each bank’s risk profile, maintaining discipline and strong risk management across all risk areas, not just in response to headlines, and
preparing to communicate clearly, credibly, and promptly about their condition and risk profile should questions arise from customers, investors, depositors, and other stakeholders.”

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