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No bank should be paying dividends right now

July 14, 2020

This blog was published today in the American Banker .

In the midst of one of the fastest and deepest economic declines in U.S. history, the largest banks are expected to pay out about $14 billion in dividends in the third quarter, while remaining under a cap imposed by the Federal Reserve in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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From the Assistant Dean for Admissions: Tips for Using the Application to Tell Your Story

By: Bruce DelMonico July 14, 2020

Last summer, in preparation for the 2019-2020 application cycle, our team worked hard to create an Application Guide, which is meant to do exactly as the title suggests—guide you through the Yale SOM application. It is filled with tips and advice to help you present your best possible...

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GAO Report Highlights Opportunities to Improve Federal COVID Response and Recovery Efforts

July 13, 2020

On June 25, 2020 the Government Accountability Office (GAO) provided a comprehensive report to Congress detailing the US government’s response to the COVID pandemic, particularly the four relief laws passed prior to June 2020, and actionable steps to improve those efforts. Within these four laws, $2.6 trillion has been mobilized (breakdown below). However, the GAO does not have insight into the actual expenditures, only appropriations, as the federal agencies will begin detailing spending in their July 2020 monthly reporting. In regards to the overall federal response, the GAO notes the speed with which the programs were launched. However it faults agencies for “[making] only limited progress so far in achieving transparency and accountability goals.”

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Paycheck Protection Program highlights numerous oversight concerns even as the SBA makes first disclosures

July 13, 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which passed on March 27, established the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the US government’s largest and most controversial program put in place to address the economic impacts of the COVID-19 virus. Since April 3,the PPP has issued nearly 4.9 million loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA). As of June 30, banks and other private lenders have extended $521 billion in government-guaranteed, forgivable loans under the program. The government’s support measures have enjoyed popularity with taxpayers compared to those enacted during the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). However, the PPP has been under constant scrutiny from Congress and industry critics since implementation. In response to such criticism and changing economic conditions, both Congress and the SBA have repeatedly modified the program.

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No bank should be paying dividends right now

July 14, 2020

This blog was published today in the American Banker .

In the midst of one of the fastest and deepest economic declines in U.S. history, the largest banks are expected to pay out about $14 billion in dividends in the third quarter, while remaining under a cap imposed by the Federal Reserve in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Continue reading “No bank should be paying dividends right now”

From the Assistant Dean for Admissions: Tips for Using the Application to Tell Your Story

By: Bruce DelMonico July 14, 2020

Last summer, in preparation for the 2019-2020 application cycle, our team worked hard to create an Application Guide, which is meant to do exactly as the title suggests—guide you through the Yale SOM application. It is filled with tips and advice to help you present your best possible...

Continue reading “From the Assistant Dean for Admissions: Tips for Using the Application to Tell Your Story”

GAO Report Highlights Opportunities to Improve Federal COVID Response and Recovery Efforts

July 13, 2020

On June 25, 2020 the Government Accountability Office (GAO) provided a comprehensive report to Congress detailing the US government’s response to the COVID pandemic, particularly the four relief laws passed prior to June 2020, and actionable steps to improve those efforts. Within these four laws, $2.6 trillion has been mobilized (breakdown below). However, the GAO does not have insight into the actual expenditures, only appropriations, as the federal agencies will begin detailing spending in their July 2020 monthly reporting. In regards to the overall federal response, the GAO notes the speed with which the programs were launched. However it faults agencies for “[making] only limited progress so far in achieving transparency and accountability goals.”

Continue reading “GAO Report Highlights Opportunities to Improve Federal COVID Response and Recovery Efforts”

Paycheck Protection Program highlights numerous oversight concerns even as the SBA makes first disclosures

July 13, 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which passed on March 27, established the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the US government’s largest and most controversial program put in place to address the economic impacts of the COVID-19 virus. Since April 3,the PPP has issued nearly 4.9 million loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration (SBA). As of June 30, banks and other private lenders have extended $521 billion in government-guaranteed, forgivable loans under the program. The government’s support measures have enjoyed popularity with taxpayers compared to those enacted during the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). However, the PPP has been under constant scrutiny from Congress and industry critics since implementation. In response to such criticism and changing economic conditions, both Congress and the SBA have repeatedly modified the program.

Continue reading “Paycheck Protection Program highlights numerous oversight concerns even as the SBA makes first disclosures”