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COVID-19 UPDATES

FHLBNY COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Amid the global Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the stability and reliability of our franchise is paramount to the value we offer our members. In any and all operating environments, the FHLBNY is focused on remaining a reliable partner and source of information to our members.

To help your institution better prepare and respond to this evolving situation, we will keep this page updated as a dedicated resource for important member updates and curated information. Should you have questions, please refer to our key contacts.

Special Reports from the FHLBNY President, José R. González:
July 2, 2020 — A Vital Conversation

May 7, 2020 — FHLBNY to Accept PPP Loans as Eligible Collateral

April 1, 2020 — Stability in a Crisis

March 13, 2020 — Novel COVID-19 update

FHLBNY COVID-19 Relief Program

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the FHLBNY has announced a targeted suite of tools to assist its members and community partners to respond to the needs of individuals, households, non-profit organizations and small businesses across the FHLBNY’s District. View full Press Release or click on links below to learn about the programs.

 

 
Download the Presentation
 
Disaster Relief Funding
 
Small Business Grant Program
 
 

FHLBNY Important Announcements

Collateral Guide Update

Paycheck Protection Program Loans are Now Eligible Collateral

On April 23, 2020, the FHLBNY’s regulator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), provided guidance on the Federal Home Loan Banks’ acceptance of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans as collateral, subject to certain parameters. As part of our COVID-19 relief efforts, we are pleased to announce that the FHLBNY will accept PPP loans as eligible collateral from member institutions, subject to certain criteria relating to the FHFA’s guidance and the FHLBNY’s own internal review processes. This change is effective as of May 7, 2020.

To determine if your institution is eligible to pledge these loans as collateral, please contact your Relationship Manager at (212) 441-6700, or Anthony Kobel, manager of the FHLBNY’s Collateral Analysis Group, at (201) 356-1069.

The Pledge Form for this collateral type can be found here. It is our hope that by accepting this collateral, we remove some of the challenges our members may face in this area, and make it easier to keep funding flowing into the communities we all serve.

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The FHLBNY will provide additional support to our members through the acceptance of mortgage loans that have been extended forbearance by our members. Please contact your Relationship Manager or Collateral Analysis at [email protected] to ensure that your proposed forbearance programs fall within the approved parameters. To view the Collateral Guide, click here.

LIBOR-SOFR Transition Guidance Update
On March 16, 2020, the FHFA extended to June 30, 2020 the FHLBanks’ ability to enter into LIBOR-based instruments that mature after December 31, 2021, except for investments and option embedded products. To view the full bulletin, click here.

Mortgage Partnership Finance® (MPF) Program Update
MPF periodically issues announcements and updates on the MPF products, published through All Regs, an online service that publishes various mortgage lending industry resources and the MPF website. View the most recent announcements regarding the potential impact of COVID-19 in the sidebar on this page.

Municipal Letter of Credit (MULOC) Process Update
In supporting our members municipal deposit programs, the FHLBNY has instituted an alternate MULOC process, as many beneficiaries’ staff may not be in the office to receive overnight mail. If you would like additional information, please call your Relationship Manager at (212) 441-6700.

Wire Transfer Personal Identification (PIN) Renewal
To ensure that our members do not experience any disruption in initiating telephone wire transfers, and to stay ahead of member users’ PIN expiry, the Bank sent via overnight mail those “PIN Mailers” for those member users whose PIN is set to expire by mid-October, 2020. As part of our security protocol, a PIN is one of the security requirements to perform a wire transfer transaction telephonically. As some members may have activated their Business Continuity plans, the Bank will accept electronically the signed PIN mailer signature form saved as a PDF. Please ensure that those staff who receive a “PIN Mailer” sign and return the appropriate portion to [email protected]. If you have any questions, please contact the Electronic Payments Group at (800) 824-2426.

FAQs Regarding COVID-19

 

What is the FHLBNY’s Business Continuity program? How is the FHLBNY addressing COVID-19 with their workforce?

The FHLBNY is well-positioned to continue to meet member needs through a prolonged disruption. As part of our Business Continuity planning, the FHLBNY has a comprehensive and flexible pandemic plan in place—including significant remote capabilities to ensure that we are able to continue to operate in the event of complete office inaccessibility. The FHLBNY is focused on remaining a reliable partner to our members; we will continue to keep members updated as developments warrant.

Is there any threat of liquidity not being available? What advance terms are available?

During times of market stress, the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) System generally benefits from a “flight to safety” where there is heightened investor interest in our bond issuances due to the perceived safety of the investment. Like in the last financial crisis, we have deep access to short-term liquidity and have also been successful in meeting member requests for longer-term advances. We anticipate that we will have ample liquidity throughout this crisis to meet the needs of our membership.

Does the FHLBNY have a policy on accepting mortgages which are part of a COVID-19-related forbearance program?

Forbearance programs will vary from member to member, and we anticipate that most mortgages under these programs will be acceptable as eligible collateral. Please send requests to your Relationship Manager for coordination with the collateral team using the contact information provided on this page.

Can members pledge mortgages which were closed using non-standard practices due to complications associated with the COVID-19 crisis (i.e non-standard appraisals, title insurance, e-recording, etc.)? Is there specific criteria members need to follow for labeling and pledging these loans, or are they treated as “normal”?

Unique circumstances will be evaluated and accommodated on a case-by-case basis. Please consult with your Relationship Manager for further information using the contact information provided on this page.

Can we submit an interim “tape” with a larger amount of qualifying loans at this time rather than having to wait until month end?

Yes, members may submit interim tapes; they will be processed in the order in which they were received.

Will the FHLBNY be making additional haircuts on collateral?

Haircuts are constantly evaluated during times of market stress and could be subject to changes based on volatility of underlying collateral values.

Will onsite reviews be conducted throughout the COVID-19 crisis?

To the degree possible, we will continue to conduct collateral reviews remotely and will reschedule reviews to be conducted on-site for later in the year.

Does the FHLBNY accept electronic signatures?

During the current COVID-19 crisis, electronic signatures on certain forms will temporarily be allowable. Please consult with your Relationship Manager to determine which forms are eligible for electronic signatures using the contact information provided on this page.

Regulatory Guidance and Resources

Federal Housing Finance Agency
Mortgage help for homeowners impacted by the COVID-19.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
FEMA’s response to COVID-19.

NY Department of Financial Services
Industry guidance, information and measures New Yorkers can take to keep safe.

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)
OCC’s response to COVID-19.

State of New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance
Department resources, bulletins, and latest press releases regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.

If you are a member and have any questions on the potential impact of COVID-19 to your institution, we are here to help. Please contact a Relationship Manager at (212) 441-6700
or a Member Services Representative at 1-800-546-5101, option 1.

Key Contacts

Relationship Managers:
(212) 441-6700
Member Services Desk:
(212) 441-6600 or
(800) 546-5101, option 1

[email protected]

Note: It is not the role of the FHLBNY to provide advice on which advances, if any, should be submitted for modification. Therefore, entire portfolios cannot be submitted for analysis, and each modification request must be identified individually by an advance number.

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