January 18, 2022
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Internal Audit Watch
Morgan Stanley will pay a $60 million settlement in a lawsuit seeking class status on behalf of about 15 million of the bank's customers, who stand to receive two years or more of fraud insurance coverage and reimbursement of as much as $10,000 in out-of-pocket losses. The lawsuit alleged that Morgan Stanley exposed the customers' personal data in 2016 by reselling some equipment from legacy wealth management systems to unauthorized third parties without ensuring the equipment was properly decommissioned.
Full Story: Reuters (1/3) 
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Online events-betting platform Polymarket will pay the Commodity Futures Trading Commission $1.4 million to settle allegations of unlawful trading, and it also must wind down noncompliant contracts and refund participants' money. "All derivatives markets must operate within the bounds of the law regardless of the technology used, and particularly including those in the so-called decentralized finance or 'DeFi' space," said Vincent McGonagle, the CFTC's acting director of enforcement.
Full Story: Cointelegraph (1/4),  BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (1/3),  CoinDesk (UK) (1/4) 
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Risk Management
Nineteen banks, including Bank of America and Wells Fargo, have joined forces on a climate change initiative that focuses on measuring and managing risk. "I think it behooves us -- just like we do with any other area of risk -- to really understand what could play out, what could happen, and then just build out our processes to manage it well," says BofA climate risk executive Mary Obasi, who leads the project.
Full Story: The Wall Street Journal (1/12) 
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Experts want the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency to integrate climate risk into bank examinations. The call comes as the OCC takes feedback until Feb. 14 on draft guidelines for a risk-based approach to supervision.
Full Story: Risk (subscription required) (1/12) 
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Regulation & Compliance
The Texas office of the Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into banks' disclosures regarding business with controversial clients such as gun manufacturers and fossil fuel companies, sources say, adding further headaches for lenders as they attempt to navigate the state's laws prohibiting discrimination against such companies. SEC enforcement staff reportedly have asked some banks to substantiate their environmental, social and governance-related claims.
Full Story: Reuters (1/5) 
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Sarah Bloom Raskin, a former official at the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve, will be nominated the Fed's vice chair for supervision and will play a pivotal role for banks if confirmed, including finalizing capital rules, adjusting stress tests and potentially increasing scrutiny of mergers and acquisitions, University of Michigan business law professor Jeremy Kress says. Banks could also feel an effect if matters such as capital surcharges and leverage ratios are not changed, Davis Polk & Wardwell lawyer Margaret Tahyar says.
Full Story: The Hill (1/13),  The Wall Street Journal (12/22),  The Wall Street Journal (1/13) 
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The Federal Trade Commission's updated rule on how nonbank financial institutions must safeguard consumer information expands requirements, as well as the definition of which entities are subject to the rule. The regulation requires information security programs that address "access controls, data inventory and classification, encryption, secure development practices, authentication, information disposal procedures, change management, testing, and incident response."
Full Story: Bloomberg Law (1/11) 
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The resignation of Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chair Jelena McWilliams, the only Republican on the board, might trigger increased regulation of issues including bank mergers and acquisitions, cryptocurrencies and climate change disclosure, analysts say.
Full Story: BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (1/4),  The Wall Street Journal (1/2) 
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Fraud & Ethics
Cryptocurrency-related crime rose 79% worldwide in 2021 compared with 2020, with cryptocurrency theft jumping 516% and losses totaling a record $14 billion, according to Chainalysis. A large portion of the losses is tied to decentralized finance, which Chainalysis says "is unlikely to realize its full potential if the same decentralization that makes it so dynamic also allows for widespread scamming and theft."
Full Story: CNBC (1/7) 
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Technology
The carbon footprint of bitcoin jumped 25% in 2020, rising in tandem with its price, according to research from De Nederlandsche Bank. The Dutch central bank's study found that the "increase in the environmental cost per transaction can be attributed to a sharp increase in the overall energy consumption of the bitcoin network."
Full Story: FX News Group (1/14),  Risk (subscription required) (1/17) 
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IIA News
New remote workforce report
A new report, "The Remote Auditor: Challenges, Opportunities, and New Ways of Working," by the Internal Audit Foundation and AuditBoard, examines how the adoption of technology solutions is critical for addressing the remaining remote audit challenges. Learn four key takeaways on how to sustain a positive workplace culture in a virtual setting. Read the report to identify new strategies to meet the new realities.
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