The Attorney General of the State of California has opined that the registered warrants that the State is issuing as a form of payment for certain of its obligations are valid and binding obligations of the State.
The banking agencies' risk-based capital standards permit a banking organization to risk weight general obligation claims on a state at 20 percent. These warrants, which are general obligations of the State, would, therefore, be eligible for the 20 percent risk weight for risk-based capital purposes.
Banks should exercise the same prudent judgment and sound risk management practices with respect to the registered warrants as they would with any other obligation of a state.
FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Accounting Officer
Risk-Based Capital Standards
12 CFR Part 325
Interagency Statement on California Registered Warrants
Nancy Hunt, Acting Associate Director, at email@example.com or (202) 898-6643
Robert Storch, Chief Accountant, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 898-8906
Mark Handzlik, Senior Attorney, at email@example.com or (202) 898-3990
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