On July 20, 2015, the US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System issued a final order establishing enhanced prudential standards for General Electric Capital Corporation. GECC is a nonbank financial company designated by the Financial Stability Oversight Council for supervision by the Federal Reserve Board. The final order establishes the application of enhanced prudential standards in two phases due to the recent announcement by General Electric – the parent company of GECC – of its plan to shrink GECC’s systemic footprint and only retain businesses that support GE’s core business.

Enhanced prudential standards for GECC are similar to those applicable to large bank holding companies with certain alterations to reflect GECC’s unique business model. Enhanced prudential standards include capital requirements, capital-planning and stress-testing, liquidity requirements, and risk-management and risk-committee requirements. GECC must begin compliance with relevant requirements from January 1, 2016.

The press release is available at: http://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/press/bcreg/20150720b.htm.