Small Dollar Lending

Providing financial services to those whose needs require special treatment, either because of the dollar amount of credit sought or other credit-related problems, has been a long-standing concern of CBA and its membership. Categories of those requiring such special treatment include low-income individuals and families, as well as military personnel and others who may be in temporary financial distress. CBA's Government Relations team has worked with financial regulators, the Department of Defense and the U.S. Congress to develop innovative financial products to serve the needs of those requiring special attention based upon their financial situation.
  • June 1, 2018
    My Visit to Huntington Bank – I always enjoy visiting with CBA members and this week I had the pleasure to meet with the folks at Huntington Bank. First and foremost, they are a great group of bankers who work tirelessly on behalf of their customers. We had a lively discussion on the regulatory environment, small-dollar rulemaking, M&A activity and bank innovation. I was glad CBA Board Member...
  • May 25, 2018
    BIG WEEK FOR BANKING IN CONGRESS Congress’ Buzzer Beater – With the Memorial Day shot clock winding down, the House of Representatives passed a good, commonsense and bipartisan regulatory reform bill (S. 2155). The bill will help many U.S. banks invest in their communities, workforce and infrastructure. While the legislation makes some meaningful reforms, there is still more to be done. Going...
  • May 23, 2018
    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) on Wednesday pushed U.S. banks to offer short-term loans to customers with troubled credit histories, a practice shunned by the regulator five years ago. The OCC announced a new policy on short-term, small-dollar loans Wednesday meant to encourage banks to compete in a space now dominated by storefront “payday” lenders with high-interest rates...
  • May 23, 2018
    Regulator Presses for Revival of Small, Short-Term Loans Trump-appointed regulator wants bank to start making riskier loans to compete with payday lenders
  • May 23, 2018
    WASHINGTON – The Consumer Bankers Association today welcomed a bulletin issued by the Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC) encouraging banks to offer responsible short-term, small-dollar loans to their customers. Prior agency guidance had discouraged certain types of small-dollar loans and after it was rescinded banks were not certain whether they were able to reenter the market...
  • May 11, 2018
    DRIVING THE CONVERSATION Rumor Mill Churns: McWatters as Bureau Director? – There is plenty of buzz in D.C. surrounding President Trump’s potential nomination of National Credit Union Administration Board Chair Mark McWatters as the next Director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau). We have had conversations with McWatters, as well as many other potential candidates for the...
  • April 13, 2018
    We have all been there: an inopportune flat tire, a refrigerator on the fritz or a hefty medical cost arising out of the blue. These are just a few examples of unplanned, often-untimely emergency expenses that every family experiences at one point or another. Compounding these challenges, nearly half of American families do not have the necessary savings on hand to cover a $400 emergency expense...
  • April 6, 2018
    April 6, 2018 The Honorable Jeb Hensarling The Honorable Maxine Waters Chairman Ranking Member Committee on Financial Services Committee on Financial Services U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House of Representatives 2129 Rayburn House Office Building 4340 O’Neill House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Washington, D.C. 20151 Dear Chairman Hensarling and Ranking Member Waters: The Consumer...
  • April 6, 2018
    April 6, 2018 The Honorable Mike Crapo The Honorable Sherrod Brown Chairman Ranking Member Committee on Banking, Housing Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs & Urban Affairs U.S. Senate U.S. Senate 534 Dirksen Office Building 534 Dirksen Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Chairman Crapo and Ranking Member Brown: The Consumer Bankers Association (...
  • April 6, 2018
    CFPB UPDATE Acting CFPB Director Mulvaney Seeks Changes to Agency – In the CFPB’s semi-annual report released on Monday, Acting CFPB Director Mick Mulvaney called on Congress to establish “meaningful accountability” at the CFPB by enacting four key changes: Fund the Bureau through Congressional appropriations. [CBA Note: Currently, under Dodd-Frank, the CFPB receives its funding directly from the...

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