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.
  • 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...
  • November 3, 2017
    The 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...
  • October 31, 2017
    Over three weeks have passed since the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau finalized a rule that places new limits on small-dollar lending, but leading GOP lawmakers are giving mixed signals about whether members of Congress will aid the financial companies that oppose the regulation — unlike the months-long battle they waged to block a separate CFPB provision on mandatory arbitration clauses...
  • October 12, 2017
    In the rule it unveiled last week , the agency sent a mixed message on that question. The CFPB effectively banned one type of bank loan: deposit-advance products, which were common before banks largely abandoned them due to 2013 guidelines issued by banking regulators. But the CFPB also exempted many small lenders from a core requirement of the rule—having to verify that borrowers can repay the...
  • October 6, 2017
    CFPB Final Small-Dollar Rule Falls Short For Consumers The CFPB’s long-awaited small-dollar rule is finally here, and you guessed it! The Bureau whiffed at an opportunity to provide assistance to the millions of Americans experiencing financial hardship. It is hard to believe just days after the CFPB reported more than four in ten Americans were struggling to pay monthly bills – often because of...
  • October 5, 2017
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Revenues for the $6 billion payday loan industry will shrivel under a new U.S. rule restricting lenders’ ability to profit from high-interest, short-term loans, and much of the business could move to small banks, according to the country’s consumer financial watchdog. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a regulation on Thursday requiring lenders to...
  • October 5, 2017
    On Thursday, October 5, 2017, the CFPB is releasing its long-awaited small dollar lending rule . According to the CFPB, the rule aims to stop debt traps and apply to loans that require consumers to repay all or most of the debt at once. Under the new rule, lenders must conduct a "full-payment test" to determine upfront that borrowers can afford to repay their loans without re-borrowing. (The OCC...
  • October 5, 2017
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will require payday lenders to verify income and take other steps to protect borrowers, issuing a long-awaited rule that has become tangled in a tug of war over Director Richard Cordray’s future. The rule limits how often a lender can attempt to debit a borrower's account, a practice that can rack up bank fees. It also curbs lenders’ ability to advance...
  • October 5, 2017
    The deregulatory winds blowing through Washington aren’t benefiting the $3.6 billion payday-loan industry, as the U.S.’s top consumer watchdog issued rules Thursday that will dramatically change how many companies providing expensive credit to cash-strapped borrowers do business. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regulations require that payday lenders determine upfront whether customers...
  • October 5, 2017
    On Thursday, October 5, 2017, the OCC announced Acting Comptroller of the Currency Keith A. Noreika approved the rescission of the agency’s Guidance on Supervisory Concerns and Expectations regarding Deposit Advance Products that was published in the Federal Register on November 26, 2013 and its accompanying OCC Bulletin 2013-40 .

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