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[FR Doc No: 94-10921]

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[Federal Register: May 6, 1994]




BankAmerica Corporation, San Francisco, California; Application To 
Engage in Nonbanking Activities

    BankAmerica Corporation, San Francisco, California (Applicant), has 
applied pursuant to section 4(c)(8) of the Bank Holding Company Act (12 
U.S.C. 1843(c)(8)) (BHC Act) and Sec.  225.23(a)(3) of the Board's 
Regulation Y (12 CFR 225.23(a)(3)) to engage de novo through BA 
Futures, Inc., Chicago, Illinois (Company), a futures commission 
merchant registered under the Commodity Exchange Act (7 U.S.C. Sec.  1 
et seq.), in executing and clearing, and clearing without executing the 
following contracts on the following exchanges: Light Sweet Crude Oil 
Futures, Options on Light Sweet Crude Oil Futures, No. 2 Heating Oil 
Futures and Options on No. 2 Heating Oil Futures on the New York 
Mercantile Exchange; Corn Futures, Options on Corn Futures, Wheat 
Futures, Options on Wheat Futures, Soybean Futures and Options on 
Soybean Futures on the Chicago Board of Trade; and Live Cattle Futures, 
Options on Live Cattle Futures, Feeder Cattle Futures, Options on 
Feeder Cattle Futures, Live Hog Futures and Options on Live Hog Futures 
on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Applicant proposes to conduct these 
activities throughout the world.
    Section 4(c)(8) of the BHC Act provides that a bank holding company 
may, with Board approval, engage in any activity which the Board, after 
due notice and opportunity for hearing, has determined (by order or 
regulation) to be so closely related to banking or managing or 
controlling banks as to be a proper incident thereto. This statutory 
test requires that two separate tests be met for an activity to be 
permissible for a bank holding company. First, the Board must determine 
that the activity is, as a general matter, closely related to banking. 
Second, the Board must find in a particular case that the performance 
of the activity by the applicant bank holding company may reasonably be 
expected to produce public benefits that outweigh possible adverse 
    A particular activity may be found to meet the closely related to 
banking test if it is demonstrated that banks have generally provided 
the proposed activity, that banks generally provide services that are 
operationally or functionally similar to the proposed activity so as to 
equip them particularly well to provide the proposed activity, or that 
banks generally provide services that are so integrally related to the 
proposed activity as to require their provision in a specialized form. 
National Courier Ass'n v. Board of Governors, 516 F.2d 1229, 1237 (D.C. 
Cir. 1975). In addition, the Board may consider any other basis that 
may demonstrate that the activity has a reasonable or close 
relationship to banking or managing or controlling banks. Board 
Statement Regarding Regulation Y, 49 FR 806, January 5, (1984).
    The Board previously has approved acting as a futures commission 
merchant in executing and clearing the proposed commodity contracts. 
See Bank of Montreal, 79 Federal Reserve Bulletin 1049 (1993); J.P. 
Morgan & Co. Incorporated, 80 Federal Reserve Bulletin 151 (1994)(J.P. 
Morgan). The Board also previously has approved providing a combination 
of advisory services regarding nonfinancial commodity derivatives and 
acting as a futures commission merchant in the execution and clearance 
of these derivatives. J.P. Morgan.
    Applicant proposes to conduct the proposed activities in a manner 
that differs slightly from what previously has been approved by the 
Board. Specifically, in J.P. Morgan the Board conditioned approval of 
the application on J.P. Morgan's commitment that it would not perform 
execution, clearance or investment advisory services for commodity 
funds (or commodity pools) owned, sponsored by, or otherwise affiliated 
with, J.P. Morgan. In contrast, Applicant proposes that Company's 
customers would include a managed commodity fund formed outside of the 
United States, sponsored by an affiliate of Applicant.
    In publishing the proposal for comment, the Board does not take a 
position on issues raised by the proposal. Notice of the proposal is 
published solely to seek the views of interested persons on the issues 
presented by the application and does not represent a determination by 
the Board that the proposal meets, or is likely to meet, the standards 
of the BHC Act.
    Any comments or requests for hearing should be submitted in writing 
and received by William W. Wiles, Secretary, Board of Governors of the 
Federal Reserve System, Washington, D.C. 20551, not later than May 23, 
1994. Any request for a hearing on this application must, as required 
by Sec.  262.3(e) of the Board's Rules of Procedure (12 CFR 262.3(e)), 
be accompanied by a statement of the reasons why a written presentation 
would not suffice in lieu of a hearing, identifying specifically any 
questions of fact that are in dispute, summarizing the evidence that 
would be presented at a hearing, and indicating how the party 
commenting would be aggrieved by approval of the proposal.
    This application may be inspected at the offices of the Board of 
Governors or the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, May 2, 1994.
Jennifer J. Johnson,
Associate Secretary of the Board.
[FR Doc. 94-10921 Filed 5-5-94; 8:45 am]