By the Division of Banks
  1. APPLICABILITY AND SCOPE

    The purpose of this bulletin is to set the reserve requirements prescribed by G.L. c. 172, s. 31. This bulletin applies to all state-chartered trust companies, savings banks, and co-operative banks in stock form (state-chartered stock banks).

  2. POLICY

    Massachusetts banking statutes require that state-chartered stock banks maintain reserves as prescribed by G.L. c. 172, s. 31. Paragraph C of section 31 of G.L. c. 172 provides the Division of Banks (Division) with discretionary authority to either increase or decrease reserves based on prevailing banking conditions.

    In light of the federally-mandated reserve requirements established by the Federal Reserve in Regulation D, 12 CFR 204, the interest of the Division in requiring its own reserves is outweighed by the regulatory and financial burden upon the industry. Therefore, as authorized by G.L. c. 172 s. 31C, the Division has determined that the reserve percentage required by paragraph A of this statute be set at zero. Furthermore, unless otherwise provided by the Division, the filing requirements of paragraph D of said section 31 are suspended.

  3. HISTORICAL NOTES

    This bulletin was first issued in 1980 as Administrative Bulletin 18-3.

  4. AUTHORITY

    G.L. c. 172, s. 31; 12 CFR 204.