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- June 14, 2017On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, the Federal Reserve (Fed) released minutes and economic projections from the June meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC). The Committee indicated the labor market has continued to strengthen and economic activity has moderately risen this year. Job gains have been solid, while unemployment rate has declined. Housing spending has increased, and business...June 14, 2017On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark federal-funds rate by a quarter percentage point to between 1% and 1.25%. This marks the Fed’s third increase in 18 months. According to the Fed’s statement , its intent is to raise the cost of borrowing for consumers and businesses to ensure the economy does not experience a bout of inflation.June 13, 2017On Tuesday, June 13, 2017, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice held a hearing entitled, “Lawsuit Abuse and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).” Hearing witnesses included Rob Sweeney, Founder and CEO of Mobile Media Technologies which facilitates non-profit text communications; Becca Wahlquist, Partner at Snell & Wilmer, representing the Chamber of...June 12, 2017On Monday, June 12, 2017, the House Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government held a hearing to discuss the proposed Treasury budget. In his opening statements, Subcommittee Chairman Tom Graves (R-GA) expressed his support for the budget which he stated prioritizes taxpayers and will allow the United States economy to grow. Several other Representatives,...June 12, 2017On Monday, June 12, 2017, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Henson v. Santander . In a unanimous decision written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, the Court unanimously affirmed the Fourth Circuit decision, the result CBA’s joint-trade amicus brief urged. In particular, the Court held a company may collect debts it purchased for its own account, as Santander did, without triggering the statutory...June 9, 2017On Friday, June 9, 2017, the OCC issued a press release notifying banks to prepare for a change in the regular securities settlement cycle taking effect on September 5, 2017. The regular industry settlement cycle for many U.S. securities including equities, corporate and municipal bonds, and unit investment trusts—and financial instruments composed of these products—will be shortened from the...June 8, 2017On Thursday, June 8, 2017, the Senate Banking Committee held a hearing entitled: “Fostering Economic Growth: The Role of Financial Institutions in Local Communities.” The hearing was the first of several examining proposals the Committee received to help foster economic growth. In his opening statement, Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-ID) noted how community banking has become increasingly...June 8, 2017On Thursday, June 08, 2017, CFPB Director Richard Cordray announced the Bureau granted CBA’s request for a 60-day extension to the comment period for the “Request for Information Regarding the Small Business Lending Market.” The Director made the announcement during his remarks at the Bureau’s Consumer Advisory Board Meeting. A copy of his remarks will be posted on consumerfinance.gov and a...June 8, 2017On Thursday, June 8, 2017, CBA and ABA submitted a comment letter in response to the Department of Education’s (DOE) “Request for Information Regarding Disclosures for Student Financial Accounts.” In May the DOE issued the RFI requesting comment on using a model disclosure very similar to that of the recently enacted model short-form disclosure for prepaid cards. In our comment, we strongly...June 8, 2017On Thursday, June 8, 2017, the CFPB announced it had sent letters to top retail credit card companies encouraging the use of more transparent transactions. The letter addresses the agency’s concerns with retailers using deferred-interest promotions for credit cards. “With its back-end pricing, deferred interest can make the potential costs to consumers more confusing and less transparent,” said...