News Release 2000-68 | September 11, 2000

OCC Responds to Chairman Leach’s Questions About Bank Holdings of Securities for Hedge Purposes

WASHINGTON — Comptroller of the Currency John D. Hawke, Jr. sent the attached letter to House Banking Committee Chairman James A. Leach responding to questions about an OCC determination concerning bank holdings of securities for the purpose of hedging customer-driven, bank permissible equity derivative transactions. The letter notes that that these carefully limited transactions have no implications at all for bank involvement in merchant banking or for breaching the wall between banking and commerce.

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