Richard's Rapid Fire - February 16, 2018

Hot Out of the CFPB


CFPB Embraces New Strategic Plan – Laying out the CFPB’s vision through fiscal year 2022, the Bureau, under Acting CFPB Director Mick Mulvaney, issued its new strategic plan. Here are the Bureau’s three long-term goals:

  • Ensure that all consumers have access to markets for consumer financial products and services;
  • Implement and enforce the law consistently to ensure that markets for consumer financial products and services are fair, transparent and competitive; and,
  • Foster operational excellence through efficient and effective processes, governance, and security of resources and information.

According to Acting Director Mulvaney, the CFPB has “committed to fulfill the Bureau's statutory responsibilities but will go no further.” Plain and simple.


CBA Meets with Acting CFPB Director Mulvaney – CBA General Counsel Steve Zeisel and I met with Acting Director Mulvaney at the agency’s HQ this week. We took the opportunity to share our priorities and regulatory reform proposals to better balance consumer protections with access to credit. Bottom line: It is a new CFPB.


RFIs Keep On Rolling In – The Bureau is soliciting more feedback, this time on its Supervision Processes. This adds to a running – and growing – list of RFIs and CBA will provide comments on them.


Looking for the List? – We’re keeping close tabs on the RFIs coming down the pike:


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CRA Reform Takes Center Stage – CBA’s General Counsel Steve Zeisel penned an op-ed in American Banker this week making the case for a 21st century approach to the Community Reinvestment Act. Reform to the 40-year old law is coming – no question about it – and Steve highlights how meaningful reforms will work to benefit consumers. Be sure to read his piece here.




BofA’s CEO Brian Moynihan – I had the pleasure of seeing Bank of America’s CEO Brian Moynihan speak at the Economic Club of Washington this week. I have to say, it was a great speech. And I had a front and center seat to boot. Here are a few takeaways from his remarks:

  • He considers tax reform to be “the right thing for the United States;”
  • He believes financial tech efforts, such as digital payments offered by Google and Apple, are instructive and not something banks should be afraid of;
  • Physical checks still have a role in banking as Bank of America still process about 8-9 million checks daily;
  • There should be a slight easing in regulatory requirements on bank capital holdings to allow for the making of more loans; and,
  • The Federal Reserve should “normalize” interest rates to historical levels.


Volatility, You Say? – With recent stock market volatility, will the Federal Reserve alter its plan to gradually raise rates? Fed Chair Jerome Powell said this week, "The Fed is in the process of gradually normalizing both interest-rate policy and our balance sheet.”


Reinforcements on the Way – Rumors are swirling and Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland President Loretta Mester is under consideration as vice chair of the Federal Reserve. It’s too early to tell, but the Fed does have several seats that need filling.


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Catch Rockland Trust CEO Chris Oddleifson – Did you miss Rockland Trust CEO Chris Oddleifson on “CEO Corner” this week? It was a great interview and he highlighted how banks win when they build strong relationships with customers and local communities. He also touched on the impact of the harmful Durbin-Interchange Amendment and previous CFPB regulation. It is this week’s must watch clip.


Join Senior Leaders at CBA LIVE – A record number of senior bankers and industry leaders alike have registered for CBA LIVE: 2018 Beyond the Bank. Join me us in Orlando to catch:

  • General Michael Hayden, former Director of the CIA and NSA;
  • Bank of the West CEO Nandita Bakhshi;
  • Citizens Financial Group CEO Bruce Van Saun;
  • Alistair Rennie, General Manager of IBM Watson Financial Services; and
  • Scott Klososky, Founding Partner at Future Point of View.


We will also be hosting Super Sessions on marijuana banking and fraud as well as an all-things-Washington general session. Register today!




Allison Dukes of SunTrust – Congrats on being promoted to chief financial officer.


Erminia Johannson of BMO Harris Bank – New gig for Ms. Johannson as she takes over as group head of U.S. strategy for personal and business banking.