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.
  • January 26, 2018
    THE NEW CFPB Must Read Article of The Year – Prince Harry, who? Acting CFPB Director Mick Mulvaney’s recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal puts all this hubbub surrounding the royal wedding to shame. This is easily the must-read article of 2018, no question about it. While I would encourage you to read the full article , here are a few quick takeaways which show a complete shift in attitude at...
  • January 23, 2018
    There is a major question mark hanging over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) final rule regulating lenders specializing in short-term, small-dollar loans. Once thought by some to be a safe bet to be voided via the Congressional Review Act, the bureau’s recent announcement that it will reconsider its rulemaking pertaining to payday lending and similar businesses could present an...
  • January 19, 2018
    Message From CBA Board Chairman Brad Conner & Me — CBA's Board Chairman Brad Conner of Citizens Bank and I stepped into the studio to record a short video thanking our membership and sharing our goals for 2018 (CFPB Commission, balanced regulation, next generation banking and right-sizing government's role in student lending), recent successes and CBA happenings. Be sure to watch the short...
  • January 18, 2018
    Payday lenders may have just been cut some major slack . The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, under new leadership, is now reconsidering an Obama-era rule designed to keep payday lenders from preying on vulnerable consumers. The rule — implemented under former CFPB director Richard Cordray in November 2017 — set stricter conditions for short-term loan companies, requiring them to assess the...
  • January 17, 2018
    The new leaders of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) are taking the most significant step yet toward unwinding rules panned by the finance industry and the GOP. The CFPB announced this week that it would delay compliance with new regulatory rules for short-term, high-interest loans, commonly known as payday loans. The agency said it is considering how to roll back those rules. The...
  • January 17, 2018
    Consumer advocates and business groups are battling anew over the possibility the Trump administration will eliminate a rule enacted to ensure that borrowers who take out high-interest loans between paychecks can pay them back. Clashing with support for a repeal by business groups, the policy arm of product tester Consumer Reports and other organizations say the so-called payday lending rule...
  • January 16, 2018
    In a statement on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, the CFPB said it intends to engage in a rulemaking process to reconsider the Small-Dollar Rule. Compliance with the rule by lenders is not mandatory until August 19, 2019, so the rulemaking would take place between now and then. As a technical matter, today was the official "effective date" of the final rule as published in the Federal Register; and...
  • January 16, 2018
    WASHINGTON, D.C . – Richard Hunt, President and CEO of the Consumer Bankers Association (CBA), released the following statement in response to the CFPB’s decision to reconsider its previously issued small-dollar rule: “The CFPB’s decision to revisit its small-dollar rule is welcomed news for the millions of American consumers experiencing financial hardship and in need of small-dollar credit,”...
  • December 4, 2017
    A "safer" payday loan sounds like an oxymoron. Critics have branded these notoriously high-cost loans as debt traps that cause borrowers to go ever deeper in the hole. Thanks to a recent regulatory change, it now may be possible for banks to offer small, short-term loans that could be a lot less dangerous for borrowers. Whether banks will actually do so remains to be seen. The right moves could...

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