SEC Considers Modernization of Industry Guide 3 for Bank Holding Companies

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SEC Considers Modernization of Industry Guide 3 for Bank Holding Companies

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Earlier this month, the SEC published its Request for Comment on Possible Changes to Industry Guide 3 (Statistical Disclosure by Bank Holding Companies) (the Request). The SEC is seeking public input on the potential modernization of Industry Guide 3, Statistical Disclosure by Bank Holding Companies (Industry Guide 3). Comments must be received by May 8, 2017.

Background

Industry Guide 3, originally published in 1976 and last updated in 1986, contains statistical disclosure requirements that apply to the description of business included in or incorporated by reference into registration statements filed by bank holding companies. The SEC is considering modernizing Industry Guide 3 to reflect developments in the ever-changing financial services industry as well as changes in accounting standards applicable to financial and other reporting requirements. Rather than proposing specific amendments, the Request solicits comments from bank holding companies and other market participants on potential improvements to Industry Guide 3’s disclosure regime, including the scope and applicability of Industry Guide 3; whether new or revised disclosure requirements are needed; whether any existing requirements should be eliminated; and whether any of Industry Guide 3’s disclosure requirements should be codified as SEC rules.

The Request describes each disclosure section in Industry Guide 3, as well as related SEC, United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (U.S. GAAP), and banking agency disclosure requirements, and sets forth 112 specific requests for comment. Comments must be received by May 8, 2017, and information about how to submit comments can be found in the Request, which is available here.

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