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Arkansas State Bank Department

The mission of ASBD is to maintain a legal and regulatory structure for Arkansas's financial industry. This structure provides the public with convenient, safe and competitive banking, which fosters economic development within this State. Our mission is accomplished through efficient allocation of available human and other resources existing in our Examination, Information Technology and Administrative Services Divisions.

FDIC Implements Regulatory Assistance Plan For Areas In Arkansas Affected by Severe Weather

Jun 19th, 2017

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) announced initiatives on June 19, 2017, to provide regulatory assistance to financial institutions in - and to facilitate the recovery of - areas in Arkansas affected by severe weather this spring.

According to Financial Institution Letter-23-2017 (FIL-23-2017), the assistance is intended for all FDIC-supervised financial institutions in areas designated "federal disaster" following storms during the period of April 26, 2017, to May 19, 2017.

The FDIC encourages banks to work constructively with borrowers experiencing difficulty beyond their control because of damage caused by the severe weather.  Prudent efforts to adjust terms on existing loans in affected areas should not be subject to examiner criticism, the FIL states.

In addition, the FDIC will consider regulatory relief from certain filing and publishing requirements, and expedite requests to operate temporary banking facilities.

Financial institutions with questions should contact Joseph Meade, Assistant Regional Director of the FDIC's Dallas Regional Office, at 972-761-2068 or

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The State Bank Department was created by Act 113 of 1913. The Department is charged with regulating commercial banks with main offices in Arkansas. These 80 banks hold assets of $85.2 billion as of June 30, 2017. The Department also is charged with supervising the bank holding companies of Arkansas state-chartered banks; state-chartered trust companies; regional and county industrial development corporations; industrial loan institutions; and capital development companies. The Department operates to ensure the safety and soundness of, and public confidence in, these institutions and organizations.

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