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EGRRCPA PROTECTIONS FOR SERVICEMEMBERS

One year ago, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act (EGRRCPA) established several new protections for servicemembers and veterans, including: Holding lenders to more stringent requirements when they participate in VA’s refinance programs Ensuring continued foreclosure protections for servicemembers up to one year after they leave active duty Prohibiting medical debt that should have been paid by the VA to be reported as  part of a veteran’s credit history Providing free credit monitoring […]

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GUIDANCE ON VOLUNTARY PRIVATE EDUCATION LOAN REHABILITATION PROGRAMS

On February 4, 2019 the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) issued a Financial Institution letter (FIL-5-2019) dealing with voluntary private education loon rehabilitation programs. The notice was issued jointly with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Fed). The FIL is designed to make financial institutions aware of an amendment to section 623 of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). This amendment is contained in section 602 of the Economic, Growth, Regulatory Relief […]

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CFPB SEEKS INFORMATION ON ALTERNATIVES TO TRADITIONAL CREDIT REPORTS

On February 16, 2017 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a request for information (RFI) on the potential use of alternative data and modeling techniques in the credit process. The goal of the CFPB’s inquiry is to explore options that will expand access to credit for consumers who are credit invisible or who lack enough credit history to obtain a credit score. In May 2015 the CFPB released “Data Point: Credit Invisibles” which was […]

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WORKS IN PROCESS

“For the rest of this year and the next, our rulemaking agenda at the Consumer Bureau will remain quite active.” Director Richard Cordray recently stated. So what can we expect to see from the CFPB? The agency is working on new or revised rules for: Overdraft fees, including the opt-in process for overdraft coverage of electronic transactions; Collection and publication of data on small business lending (The Dodd-Frank Act required final rules by July 21, […]

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CFPB SEMI-ANNUAL AGENDA

Recently the CFPB published the Fall 2015 version of its Semi-Annual Agenda. As expected, it is full of changes that will occupy us for years to come. Arbitration – The CFPB is in the early phases of the rulemaking process to address concerns related to the use of arbitration agreements in connection with credit cards, deposit accounts, payday loans and various other consumer financial products or services. The agency may prevent companies from using these agreements […]

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