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COVID-19 UPDATES

FHLBNY COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Amid the global Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the stability and reliability of our franchise is paramount to the value we offer our members. In any and all operating environments, the FHLBNY is focused on remaining a reliable partner and source of information to our members.

To help your institution better prepare and respond to this evolving situation, we will keep this page updated as a dedicated resource for important member updates and curated information. Should you have questions, please refer to our key contacts.

Special Reports from the FHLBNY President, José R. González:
July 2, 2020 — A Vital Conversation

May 7, 2020 — FHLBNY to Accept PPP Loans as Eligible Collateral

April 1, 2020 — Stability in a Crisis

March 13, 2020 — Novel COVID-19 update

FHLBNY Important Announcements

Collateral Guide Update

Paycheck Protection Program Loans are Now Eligible Collateral

On April 23, 2020, the FHLBNY’s regulator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), provided guidance on the Federal Home Loan Banks’ acceptance of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans as collateral, subject to certain parameters. As part of our COVID-19 relief efforts, we are pleased to announce that the FHLBNY will accept PPP loans as eligible collateral from member institutions, subject to certain criteria relating to the FHFA’s guidance and the FHLBNY’s own internal review processes. This change is effective as of May 7, 2020.

To determine if your institution is eligible to pledge these loans as collateral, please contact your Relationship Manager at (212) 441-6700, or Anthony Kobel, manager of the FHLBNY’s Collateral Analysis Group, at (201) 356-1069.

The Pledge Form for this collateral type can be found here. It is our hope that by accepting this collateral, we remove some of the challenges our members may face in this area, and make it easier to keep funding flowing into the communities we all serve.

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The FHLBNY will provide additional support to our members through the acceptance of mortgage loans that have been extended forbearance by our members. Please contact your Relationship Manager or Collateral Analysis at [email protected] to ensure that your proposed forbearance programs fall within the approved parameters. To view the Collateral Guide, click here.

LIBOR-SOFR Transition Guidance Update

On March 16, 2020, the FHFA extended to June 30, 2020 the FHLBanks’ ability to enter into LIBOR-based instruments that mature after December 31, 2021, except for investments and option embedded products. To view the full bulletin, click here.

Municipal Letter of Credit (MULOC) Process Update

In supporting our members municipal deposit programs, the FHLBNY has instituted an alternate MULOC process, as many beneficiaries’ staff may not be in the office to receive overnight mail. If you would like additional information, please call your Relationship Manager at (212) 441-6700.

December 1, 2021 Update: In conjunction with FHLBNY’s resumption of normal business practices, we will resume our policy of providing the original Municipal Letter of Credit directly to the beneficiary starting on December 1, 2021.

Key Contacts

Relationship Managers:
(212) 441-6700
[email protected]

FAQs Regarding COVID-19

What is the FHLBNY’s Business Continuity program? How is the FHLBNY addressing COVID-19 with their workforce?

The FHLBNY is well-positioned to continue to meet member needs through a prolonged disruption. As part of our Business Continuity planning, the FHLBNY has a comprehensive and flexible pandemic plan in place—including significant remote capabilities to ensure that we are able to continue to operate in the event of complete office inaccessibility. The FHLBNY is focused on remaining a reliable partner to our members; we will continue to keep members updated as developments warrant.

Is there any threat of liquidity not being available? What advance terms are available?

During times of market stress, the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) System generally benefits from a “flight to safety” where there is heightened investor interest in our bond issuances due to the perceived safety of the investment. Like in the last financial crisis, we have deep access to short-term liquidity and have also been successful in meeting member requests for longer-term advances. We anticipate that we will have ample liquidity throughout this crisis to meet the needs of our membership.

Does the FHLBNY have a policy on accepting mortgages which are part of a COVID-19-related forbearance program?

Forbearance programs will vary from member to member, and we anticipate that most mortgages under these programs will be acceptable as eligible collateral. Please send requests to your Relationship Manager for coordination with the collateral team using the contact information provided on this page.

Can members pledge mortgages which were closed using non-standard practices due to complications associated with the COVID-19 crisis (i.e non-standard appraisals, title insurance, e-recording, etc.)? Is there specific criteria members need to follow for labeling and pledging these loans, or are they treated as “normal”?

Unique circumstances will be evaluated and accommodated on a case-by-case basis. Please consult with your Relationship Manager for further information using the contact information provided on this page.

Can we submit an interim “tape” with a larger amount of qualifying loans at this time rather than having to wait until month end?

Yes, members may submit interim tapes; they will be processed in the order in which they were received.

Will the FHLBNY be making additional haircuts on collateral?

Haircuts are constantly evaluated during times of market stress and could be subject to changes based on volatility of underlying collateral values.

Will onsite reviews be conducted throughout the COVID-19 crisis?

To the degree possible, we will continue to conduct collateral reviews remotely and will reschedule reviews to be conducted on-site for later in the year.

Does the FHLBNY accept electronic signatures?

During the current COVID-19 crisis, electronic signatures on certain forms will temporarily be allowable. Please consult with your Relationship Manager to determine which forms are eligible for electronic signatures using the contact information provided on this page.

Regulatory Guidance and Resources

If you are a member and have any questions on the potential impact of COVID-19 to your institution, we are here to help. Please contact a Relationship Manager at (212) 441-6700
or a Member Services Representative at 1-800-546-5101, option 1.