Richard's Rapid Fire

  • April 5, 2013
    Administration Urges "Subjective Judgment" in Lending This article from the Washington Post says it all: "(Obama Administration) Officials are also encouraging lenders to use more subjective judgment in determining whether to offer a loan and are seeking to make it easier for people who owe more than their properties are worth to refinance at today’s low interest rates, among other steps." This...
  • March 29, 2013
    CFPB's "Not Verified" Data The CFPB today released their expanded consumer complaint database showing more than 90,000 complaints - with half coming from affluent and elderly zip codes. While I applaud the intent of the CFPB to inform consumers on specific types of complaints, their methodology is flawed and actually performs a disservice to consumers. The CFPB in their own press release states...
  • March 22, 2013
    CBA LIVE 2013 Takeaways I left Phoenix smarter, more inspired and more connected to our industry. Many of our sessions were standing-room only – next year, we’ll have more chairs! Among my top takeaways: Millennials are the largest living generation; bankers are fascinating; branches may only need pruning to encourage new growth – but they are not dead at all; and we are more focused than ever on...
  • March 8, 2013
    Packing for Phoenix - CBA LIVE My shoes are shined. My shirts are folded. But there is no tie in my bag for Phoenix. Remember we are business casual, and as a result, ties are banned from CBA LIVE and will be confiscated. Team CBA looks forward to welcoming you and more than 1,000 attendees from 71 national and regional banks to “The Future of Money.” The United States banking system is the...
  • March 1, 2013
    Overdraft “Reform” Forecast It now appears the CFPB will not be “reforming” overdraft protection at least until the end of the year – if at all. Small institutions – credit unions and banks alike – have been carved out to some degree of the first CFPB rules – remittances and QM. These groups also have advocated for a halt to any overdraft action since, it would be extremely difficult for the CFPB...
  • February 22, 2013
    CBA LIVE – Countdown to Phoenix In just two weeks the CBA team will be in Phoenix preparing for CBA LIVE: The Future of Money, awaiting the arrival of a record number of bankers and industry partners. CBA's Board of Directors, Committees and Councils will all be in attendance and have been integral in making this event the largest gathering of retail banking professionals. CBA LIVE 2013 is...
  • February 15, 2013
    CFPB's Antonakes to Speak at CBA LIVE Breaking news: Acting Deputy Director Steve Antonakes, who heads up supervision, enforcement and fair lending for the CFPB, will address the general session at CBA LIVE on March 12, 2013 in Phoenix. Hear directly from the CFPB's Sheriff... Register now . CBA Testifies in Small Business Hearing On Wednesday, February 13, 2013, CBA Board member Maria Coyne,...
  • February 8, 2013
    DC Day Members of CBA’s of Board of Directors and Government Relations Council (GRC) traveled to Washington, DC on Wednesday and met with key lawmakers to discuss CBA’s 2013 legislative agenda and the current state of retail banking. The top issues for the day were the need for structural reforms to the CFPB to ensure it is not a political football for years to come. The group also educated...
  • February 1, 2013
    Recess Appointments and the CFPB - Acting Deputy Director? CBA held a conference call with 125 members on Monday regarding the CFPB implications of last week’s court ruling that President Obama’s NLRB recess/ non-recess appointments were unconstitutional. The White House took a gamble when they made these appointments last year and now banks and our customers are paying the price. Markets can...
  • January 25, 2013
    Breaking News: Recess Appointments Unconstitutional – CFPB Implications Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled unanimously that recess appointments made by President Barack Obama to the National Labor Relations Board were unconstitutional. This ruling, if upheld, could have sweeping impact on appointments made when the President bypassed the Senate. We are going over the...

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