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Federal Reserve Bank
OF DALLAS
ROBERT

D. M c T E E R , J R .

P R E S ID E N T
AND

C H IE F

E X E C U T IV E

O F F IC E R

February 6, 1995

DALLAS, TEXAS
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Notice 95-18

TO:

The Chief Executive Officer of each
bank holding company and others concerned
in the Eleventh Federal Reserve District

SUBJECT
Order Interpreting the
Cross-marketing Provisions of Regulation Y
(Bank Holding Companies and Change in Bank Control)
DETAILS

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System has clarified that a
bank or thrift or their subsidiaries may act as riskless principal or broker for customers
in buying and selling bank-eligible securities that an affiliated section 20 subsidiary
underwrites or deals in, subject to certain conditions.
ATTACHMENT

A copy of the Board’s order relating to this action is attached.
MORE INFORMATION

For more information, please contact Michael Johnson at (214) 922-6081.
For additional copies of this Bank’s notice, please contact the Public Affairs Department
at (214) 922-5254.
Sincerely yours,

For additional copies, bankers and others are encouraged to use one o f the following toll-free numbers in contacting the Federal
Reserve Bank o f Dallas: Dallas Office (800) 333 -4460; El Paso Branch Intrastate (800) 592-1631, Interstate (800) 351-1012; H ouston
Branch Intrastate (800) 392-4162, Interstate (800) 221-0363; San A n tonio Branch Intrastate (800) 292-5810.

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FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
Order Interpreting the Cross-Marketing Limitation
Applicable to Section 20 Subsidiaries
In October 1993, the Board approved an application by
BankAmerica Corporation to conduct certain securities-related activities through
its section 20 subsidiary.1 In its Order, the Board interpreted the cross7
marketing limitation, which prohibits bank and thrift affiliates of a section 20
company from acting as an agent for, or engaging in marketing activities on
behalf of, the section 20 company. The Board stated that BankAmerica’s
subsidiary banks may, consistent with the cross-marketing limitation, act as a
riskless principal or broker for customers in buying and selling bank-eligible
securities that the section 20 company underwrites or deals in.2/
In setting out this interpretation, the Board relied on several
commitments by BankAmerica. BankAmerica committed that: (1) its section
20 subsidiary would rem ain separately incorporated, capitalized, and funded,
and operationally distinct from BankAmerica’s subsidiary banks; (2) there
would be no employees in common between its section 20 subsidiary and any of
BankAm erica’s subsidiary banks or their subsidiaries; (3) sales by its section 20
subsidiary of bank-eligible securities through BankAmerica’s subsidiary banks

BankAmerica C orporation. 79 Federal Reserve Bulletin 1163 (1993)
("BankAmerica'').
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The term "bank-eligible securities" refers to securities that a state
m ember bank may underwrite or deal in under sections 5(c) and 16 of the
Glass-Steagall Act (12 U .S.C . §§ 335 and 24(7)).
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and their subsidiaries would not involve any exclusive arrangements;2 and
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(4) the section 20 subsidiary’s role in underwriting or dealing in the bankeligible securities brokered by BankAm erica’s subsidiary banks would be fully
disclosed to the banks’ brokerage customers and would be conducted on an
arm ’s length basis. In addition, the banks must continue to operate in
accordance with the guidelines established by the Board and the other agencies
for the sale o f uninsured products on bank prem ises.-7
In order to relieve other bank holding companies from the burden
of having to apply individually to engage in the cross-marketing activity
approved in BankAm erica. the Board hereby clarifies that, under the
circumstances relied on in BankAmerica. a bank or thrift or their subsidiaries
may act as a riskless principal or broker for customers in buying and selling
bank-eligible securities that an affiliated section 20 subsidiary underwrites or

In other words, the section 20 subsidiary also would sell its bank-eligible
securities both directly and through other broker-dealers, and the section 20
subsidiary’s bank affiliates would sell bank-eligible securities underwritten or
dealt in by other broker-dealers.
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See Interagency Statement on Retail Sales of Nondeposit Investment
Products, February 15, 1994. Pursuant to this statement, among other things,
banks engaging in retail sales of nondeposit investment products should ensure
that customers are fully informed that these products: (1) are not FDICinsured, (2) are not deposits or other obligations of the bank and are not
guaranteed by the bank, and (3) involve investment risks, including possible
loss o f principal.
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deals in, subject to the above conditions and receipt of any other necessary
regulatory approvals.
By order o f the Board of Governors,-7 effective December 14,
1994.

William W. Wiles
Secretary of the Board

Voting for this action: Chairman Greenspan, Vice Chairman Blinder,
and Governors Kelley, La W are, Phillips, and Yellen. Absent and not voting
Governor Lindsey.
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