Number of international students in U.S. as of 2017
On fintechs jumping into private student lending:

"Jump right in, the shark infested water is just fine. After all, the government has such done an excellent job of turning students into indentured servants for decades to come."

Related: Fintechs look to fill void in private student lending left by banks
Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.
On Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., being nominated to chair the House banking panel:

"Interesting times for sure. I look forward to more civility and less rhetoric from Ms. Waters in the coming year (sorry, I was typing this with my wishful thinking cap on....now back to reality)."

Related: Waters nominated to chair House banking panel
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Casting doubt on the investment reward of forming a de novo bank:

“As a former de novo organizer, I wonder if the technology requirements, capital needed, and competitive landscape make it difficult to convince investors that the risk/reward of economic return makes sense. If I had $35 to $40 million, I think I would be better off trying to find an existing bank charter to buy.”

Related: We can do better on de novos
Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif.
On Democrats criticizing the new CECL accounting standard:

"Congress' hands are not exactly tied. It was they that mandated banks follow GAAP (remember Regulatory Accepted Accounting Principles?) and what they did, they can also "undo" selectively if they wish. That would undermine FASB (not a good thing) but a good dose of reality might encourage FASB to take a more pragmatic approach. RAAP anyone?"

Related: Piling on: Democratic lawmakers join chorus of CECL critics
New Year 2019
On what fintech innovations to expect in 2019 and beyond:

“I find myself agreeing with the predictions, and even would suggest that some of the areas are many years away (vs. a few). When some of the innovations begin to get prime-time play in middle America, I'll be more convinced that adoption of some of these innovations is real.”

Related: 7 (realistic) predictions about fintech in 2019
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
On Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. praising Kathy Kraninger as the new director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau:

"One huge missing word from McConnell's statement: 'relevant'... I have decades of experience but you sure as hell don't want me performing open heart surgery on you."

Related: Senate barely confirms Kathy Kraninger as new CFPB director
FDIC headquarters
On an op-ed defending brokered deposits as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. is weighing a policy change:

"The chances of FDIC recognizing this BD reality are nil. There is an irrational fear of BD's at FDIC, to the extent that they would rather see an otherwise solvent bank fail for liquidity reasons than to grant a small brokered deposit waiver. The only chance of changing those views is a wholesale replacement of the Jurassic personnel (the same ones who orchestrated Choke Point). Good luck to Chairman McWilliams on that."

Related: Brokered deposits' bad rap is undeserved
A Wells Fargo bank branch stands at night in New York.
On how the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has not let up in its approach to Wells Fargo’s regulatory troubles:

“The OCC was embarrassed and they are demonstrating that they have a long memory. They will insist on taking their pound of flesh (and probably some more) before they ease up the pressure.”

Related: Wells Fargo's latest troubles suggest tougher stance by OCC
Marriott hotel entrance
On Congress’ apparent inability to respond to a massive data hack with legislative reforms:

“What will it take? It will take the public elevating this to a campaign issue. Congress does what is in the best interests of its individual members. If they are not at risk for re-election, don't count on anything.”

Related: What will it take for Congress to act on a data breach?