Kevin Wack is a California-based reporter for American Banker who covers the U.S. consumer finance industry. He was formerly the newspaper's Capitol Hill correspondent. Earlier, he worked on financial policy in Washington, first as a fellow with the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations and later as senior editor for the Congressional Oversight Panel for TARP. Wack has also reported for the Associated Press and worked as the investigative reporter for the Portland Press Herald in Maine. A St. Louis native, Wack is a graduate of Stanford University and holds a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
The agency has no plans to release general findings from an extensive review of sales practices at large and midsized banks. That's troublesome, and will only fuel the perception that it is too cozy with the institutions it regulates.
An inquiry into the sales practices of more than 40 banks launched in the wake of the Wells scandal found several systemic issues and hundreds of problems at individual institutions. The OCC completed the review in December but is not making the results public.
The numbers are better but still disappointing for such a healthy economy, lamented executives from large U.S. banks. Some are scratching their heads, some are remaining upbeat about the second half of the year, and others are focusing on Plan B.