On October 22, 2015, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation issued for public comment a proposal to increase the reserve ratio of the Deposit Insurance Fund to the statutorily required minimum level of 1.35 percent. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act increased the minimum for the reserve ratio from 1.15 percent to 1.35 percent and required the ratio to reach the new minimum by September 30, 2020. Moreover, the Dodd-Frank Act made this increase the responsibility of large banks with $10 billion or more in total assets. In effect, the proposed rule, if finalized, would impose upon banks a quarterly surcharge of 4.5 cents per $100 of their assessment base, with certain adjustments. It is expected that the surcharges will commence in 2016 and the reserve ratio would reach 1.35 percent following approximately eight quarters of payments of such surcharges (i.e. in advance of the required 2020 date). Comments on the proposed rule will be due 60 days after the rule is published in the Federal Register.

The proposed rule and the FDIC Chairman’s statement are available at: https://www.fdic.gov/news/board/2015/2015- 10-22_notice_dis_c_fr.pdf and https://www.fdic.gov/news/news/speeches/spoct2215b.html