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Enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency charged with carrying out federal consumer financial laws. We are focused on retail banking products and services, making CBA the industry resource on the CFPB. Our insights and analysis on CFPB-related issues, along with the latest news and information, provides our members with the necessary tools to navigate this new regulatory environment.
- November 3, 2017The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau states its mission is to “make consumer financial markets work for consumers, responsible providers, and the economy as a whole.” However, the reality is the bureau does not regard all consumers in the market equally. In the interest of political expediency, it seems to treat consumers who deal with some institutions different than those who deal with...
- November 1, 2017On Wednesday, November 1, 2017, the CFPB released a report on auto loan trends that shows an increase in riskier longer-term auto loans. According to the report, 42 percent of auto loans made in the last year carried a payback term of six years or more, compared to just 26 percent in 2009. The growth of these longer-term loans has largely come at the expense of five-year loans, which declined...October 30, 2017On Monday, October, 30, 2017, the CFPB launched a mortgage performance trends tool tracking nationwide delinquency rates, and showing mortgage delinquency rates are at their lowest point since the financial crisis. The tool measures the delinquency rates in two general categories: Borrowers who are 30-89 days behind on mortgage payments, meaning they have missed one or two payments; and Serious...October 27, 2017Thoughts on Senate Vote Repealing CFPB’s Arbitration Rule With a deciding vote by Vice President Mike Pence, the Senate passed a resolution overturning the CFPB’s arbitration rule by a vote of 51 to 50. Overturning the CFPB’s arbitration rule ensures consumers retain the tools they need to receive relief without going through long, drawn-out, costly court proceedings – where no one benefits...October 24, 2017“This rule was ill-conceived, based on an incomplete study and did not fulfill the Bureau’s goal of protecting consumers.” WASHINGTON – Consumer Bankers Association President and CEO Richard Hunt released the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed a Congressional Review Act resolution overturning the Consumer Financial Protect Bureau’s (CFPB) arbitration rule: “The Senate acted to...October 23, 2017The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ’s arbitration rule is once again under fire – this time from the U.S. Department of the Treasury . This new rule would ban companies from using mandatory arbitration clauses, allowing consumers to participate in class-action lawsuits. However, it has been met with strong resistance from every front. The latest attack comes from a new report from the...October 20, 2017Cordray, Noreika Arbitration Spat Heats Up CFPB Director Richard Cordray and Acting OCC Comptroller Keith Noreika continue to publicly air their disagreements over the merits of the CFPB’s arbitration rule. Recently, both agency heads published dueling op-eds in The Hill challenging each other’s views of the rule. This week, the debate continued to escalate as both challenged the validity of the...October 18, 2017On Wednesday, October 18, 2017, the CFPB outlined principles for protecting consumers when they authorize third-party companies to access their financial data to provide certain financial products and services. These principles are intended to help foster the development of innovative financial products and services, increase competition in financial markets, and empower consumers to take greater...October 13, 2017House Committee Moves on Regulatory Reform, SIFI Designation Bill During a markup session this week, the House Financial Services Committee moved a host of regulatory reforms, including Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer’s SIFI designation bill. As CBA noted in its letter to the committee, designating risk strictly based on the size of a financial institution does not make sense and it harms...October 11, 2017CBA President and CEO Richard Hunt ahead of Wednesday’s mark-up: “Designating risk based on how big a financial institution is does not make sense and it hurts consumers. Allowing regulators to take a big-picture view of risk by looking at the activities a financial institution undertakes instead of a simple assets threshold is more telling and can reduce unnecessary compliance burdens that limit...