Kevin Stiroh: Supervisory and regulatory action to support the economy and protect consumers

Panel remarks by Mr Kevin Stiroh, Executive Vice President of the Financial Institution Supervision Group of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, at The Fed and Main Street during the Coronavirus Pandemic, 23 April 2020.

The views expressed in this speech are those of the speaker and not the view of the BIS.

Central bank speech  | 
24 April 2020

Good afternoon. Thank you for your critical work and for participating in this important forum on "The Fed and Main Street during the Coronavirus Pandemic."

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting all of us - first and foremost from a health perspective, but clearly in terms of social and economic impacts. As has been discussed extensively today, this impact has fallen heavily on low- and moderate-income and minority communities across all three dimensions.

I'll speak about what the Federal Reserve is doing to support the economy and to protect consumers and small businesses through supervisory and regulatory actions. I'll note that these action are focused on supervised banks and do not address the significant challenges faced by those households and businesses outside of the traditional banking sector and served by socially responsible capital providers such as community development financial institutions (CDFIs), non-profits, foundations, and impact investors.

Before proceeding, let me emphasize that I am speaking for myself and that these view do not necessarily reflect those of the Federal Reserve System or the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.