Full text of Roundup : April 1982
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DALLAS Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas April 1982 New Dial-Up Terminal Offers Online Access A new dial-connect terminal is being offered by the Dallas Fed as an addi tional option for online access to Federal Reserve services. Online ac cess links a financial institution with the Dallas Fed’s computer and with the nationwide Federal Reserve com munications network. The new ter minal was designed as an inexpensive alternative for institutions with insuffi cient volume for use of the other online options the Dallas Fed offers. As with existing online equipment, the dial-connect terminals may be used for sending and receiving wire transfers of funds and for obtaining reserve account statement informa tion. In the future, additional services will be accessible using online equip ment. These include transfers of securities, currency and coin services, Treasury tax and loan advices, money market interest rate ceiling informa tion, and other services. The IBM Personal Computer was chosen for use with the new dialconnect service. This system uses a telephone handset to call the Fed and establish communications with the Fed’s computer. When it is not being used to access Fed services, the IBM computer will also provide financial in stitutions with programmable com puting capability and may be used for such functions as accounts receivable, accounts payable, general ledger, and word processing. The cost of the dialconnect terminal option will be approx imately $170 per month for terminal and telephone equipment leasing. The first group of institutions to receive installation of the new equip ment are scheduled to do so in April. The Dallas Fed will handle installation of the equipment and personnel train ing. In addition to the new dial-connect terminal, the Dallas Fed offers several other alternatives for institutions seek ing online access. These include a direct link between the institution’s computer and the Fed’s computer, which is designed for high-volume users of Fed Services, and direct links between various configurations of ter minals, keyboards and printers with the Fed’s computer, which are design ed for moderate-volume users of Fed services. INSIDE • New Department • Call Program • Check Prices Lawyers Explain Reg Z Changes Members of the Legal Depart ment of the Dallas Fed participated in an all-day seminar for approx imately 50 loan officers and ex ecutives from North Texas and Southern Oklahoma to discuss the changes and sim plification of Regulation Z. Attorneys Dean P ankonien and Mike B roker delivered a broad overview of the regulation and a general explana tion of the changes to those in at tendance at the seminar, which was sponsored by the Liberty National Bank of Paris. The changes in this regulation, which pertains to Truth in Lending, were initiated partly as a result of the Monetary Control Act of 1980 and partly because of the Federal Reserve Board’s own policy of mak ing regulations less burdensome. The major changes to Regulation Z relate to: • closed-end credit forms requirements; • advertising rules; • recission requirements; and • creditors liability to consumers for violations of the law. The new changes in the regula tion, which financial institutions originally had to comply to by April 1, 1982, have been deferred to October 1, 1982. Dallas Fed Creates New Funds Transfer Department A new Transfers of Funds Depart ment was created at the Dallas Fed ef fective February 1. The department is responsible for handling the electronic transfers of funds between accounts of financial institutions at Federal Reserve Bank offices using the Federal Reserve’s communications network. This computer-operated network is also used for accessing other Fed ser vices and for the transmission of an nouncements and information. Jonnie K. Miller was named manager of the new department. Formerly, the wire transfer of funds function was a part of the Accounting Department at the Dallas Fed. “ As one of our priced services, wire transfer is an area which we felt deserved addi tio n a l m anagem ent a tte n tio n ,” Thomas H. Rust, assistant vice presi dent over the area, said. “ This was the primary reason for the reorganization.” The Accounting Department is still responsible for maintaining the reserve accounts of institutions and general ledger accounts. Allan Y. Neale is manager of the department. Boykin Expects Improved Economy in 1982 Robert H. Boykin, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, recently was the principal speaker at the Annual Meeting of the 7th District Texas Bankers Association. At the meeting in Fort Worth, Boykin review ed the Federal Reserve’s monetary policies and discussed the economic outlook for 1982. In his speech before 500 TBA members, Boykin stated that, “ ...there is a good bit of evidence to suggest...that...once a lower rate of in flation is achieved economic growth will resume, the unemployment rate will decline, interest rates will come down, and we will remain competitive in our balance of payments. “ Most people are expecting some improvement in the economy this year. The members of the Federal Open Market Committee (of which Boykin is a member) expect inflation to continue to moderate in 1982. “ ...I do believe that the changes in monetary and fiscal policy that have taken place are moving us in the right direction. I believe 1982 and 1983 will show a marked improvement in the overall economic climate if these policies continue. Reduced inflation and interest rates, a return of growth, and increases in productivity and jobs will bear out that the painful adjust ment we have been going through was both necessary and worthwhile.” Responsive Service Is Goal of Call Program An increased informational flow bet ween the Dallas Fed and financial in stitutions and more responsive service from the Dallas Reserve Bank are ex pected to result from the Dallas Fed’s new call program, which kicked off in early 1982. “ Many misconceptions exist in the financial community regarding ser vices available as a result of the Monetary Control Act,” according to Larry N. Hill, assistant vice president of the Dallas Reserve Bank. The call program is designed to allow officers ficers of the branches at El Paso, Houston, and San Antonio will be call ing on financial institutions in their ter ritories. The account representatives serving the Head Office territory include T. Guy Brown and Larry N. Hill, assistant vice presidents, and Helen E. Holcomb, manager, of communications, finan cial and community affairs; Richard D. Ingram, assistant vice president over checks processing, RCPC and ad justments; Donald L. Jackson, assis tant vice president over cash; Larry J. president in charge; Robert W. Schultz, assistant vice president over checks; and William L. Wilson, assistant vice president over cash, securities, ac counting, ACH, loan and fiscal agency. Visitation in the Houston territory will be made by J. Z. Rowe, senior vice president in charge; Vernon L. Bartee, assistant vice president over checks and RCPC; Sammie C. Clay, assistant vice president over accounting and loan; and Andrew W. Hogwood, Jr., assistant vice president over fiscal agency and public and institutional 1 ■W. Arthur Tribble 2 - Robert Smith, III 3 - Helen E. Holcomb 4 • Larry J. Reck 5 ■T. Guy Brown Mary M. Rosas 6 • E. W. Vorlop, Jr. 7 - Thomas H. Rust 8 • Harry E. Robinson 9 - Larry M. Snell 10 ■ Richard 0. Ingram 11 ■ Donald L. Jackson 12 - Joel L. Koonce, Jr. Robert W. Schultz W illiam L. Wilson 13 ■Thomas H. Robertson John A. Bullock Thomas C. Cole Antonio G. Valencia, Jr. 14 - J. Z. Rowe Vernon L. Bartee Sammie C. Clay Andrew W. Hogwood, Jr. and employees of financial institutions to learn about Fed services on a first hand basis from Fed representatives. A second major impetus for the new call program is servicing the accounts of the institutions using Fed services. Hill indicated that the Dallas Bank in tends to take an active role in solving problems and resolving differences in the accounts. “ Responsiveness will be the key to our relationships with finan cial institutions,” he stated. Hill and twelve other representatives from the Head Office will be calling on financial institutions in the Dallas ter ritory and will serve as liaisons be tween the Dallas Fed and the institu tions to which they make calls. The of- Reck, vice president over cash, securities, and fiscal agency; Harry E. Robinson, senior vice president over cash, securities, and fiscal agency; Mary M. Rosas, assistant vice presi dent over ACH, return items, and mail ing; Thomas H. Rust, assistant vice president over a ccou n ting and transfers of funds; Robert Smith, III, vice president over communications, financial and community affairs; Larry M. Snell, assistant vice president over budget and control; W. Arthur Tribble, assistant general counsel; and E. W. Vorlop, Jr., vice president over accounting and transfers of funds. Visitation in the El Paso territory will be made by Joel L. Koonce, Jr., vice relations. Visitation in the San Antonio ter ritory will be made by Thomas H. Robertson, vice president in charge; John A. Bullock, assistant vice presi dent over checks and RCPC; Thomas C. Cole, assistant vice president over cash and fiscal agency; and Antonio G. Valencia, Jr., assistant vice president over accounting and loan. The call program is part of an overall program for the extension of Fed ser vices which began with seminars ex plaining Fed services held in the fall of 1981 and includes a series of brochures describing each service which is available to financial institu tions. I Revised Check Prices Effective April 1 The Dallas Fed has announced revi sions in its schedule of fees for check processing services effective April 1. For the Eleventh Federal Reserve District, the changes will affect the prices charged for mixed cash letters, package sorts and nonmachineable items. All other prices will remain the same. The new fees more accurately reflect the costs associated with providing check processing services and customer use of the services. Check processing was first priced in August, 1981. Two general changes affecting the structure of check processing prices involve nonmachineable items and package sorts. Nonmachineable items are those checks which are too mutilated to be processed by com puter. Separate fees will be charged for “ local” nonmachineable items, or those drawn on institutions within the local Federal Reserve office territory, and “ other Fed” nonmachineable items, or those drawn on institutions in any other Federal Reserve office ter ritory. This change was implemented because “ other Fed” nonmachineable items must be handled twice within the Federal Reserve System and are therefore more expensive to process. Nonmachineable items, priced at 7.19 cents per item originally, will be I0.00 cents per item for “ local” and 17.20 cents per item for “ other Fed” begin ning April 1. A combination price will be charged for package sorts, those checks already bundled and ready for delivery to a single institution. A fee of $2.50 will be charged for each package, and .99 cents will be charged for each item in the deposit. Package sorts were priced at .80 cents per item originally. In addition, mixed cash letters, those containing various types of un sorted checks, will be priced at 2.40 cents per item, up from 2.22 cents per item. Prices will not change at this time for all other types of cash letters sent to the Dallas Fed. These include city, RCPC, country, group sort, and other Fed cash letters. Prices announced are the same at all four offices of the Dallas Fed. Summary Available A summary of the Federal Reserve Board’s February 10, 1982, report to Congress titled “ Monetary Policy Ob jectives for 1982” is currently available upon request to the Department of Communications, Financial and Com munity Affairs. This is a twice-yearly written report on the state of the economy and the course of monetary policy. o . Sx ' o> d CO z_ 01 s K o ro m C Z) O > > (Z)