Study Quantifies Compliance Costs for Community Banks
A study released using data compiled in surveys by the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) shows that the burden of regulatory compliance for community banks declined in 2016 after increasing in the previous year. Compliance expenses as a share of noninterest expense rose from 5.5 percent in 2014 to 8.1 percent in 2015 before dropping to 7.7 percent in 2016. The study suggested that this pattern of expenses may have been related to implementation of mortgage regulations under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. In 2016, compliance with mortgage-related regulations accounted for about one-third of all regulatory costs.