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CFPB PUBLISHES FALL 2019 UNIFIED AGENDA

Recently the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published its Fall 2019 rulemaking agenda. The agenda identifies the regulatory matters that the CFPB reasonably anticipates having under consideration during the period from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020. The following summaries a few key topics: Proposed Fair Debt Collection Rule (Regulation F) – The CFPB proposed Regulation F in May 2019.  Now the CFPB is testing consumer disclosures related to time-barred debt and, after testing, […]

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REGULATION Z THRESHOLD ADJUSTMENTS FOR 2020

On August 1, 2019, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a final rule updating certain Regulation Z threshold amounts for 2020.  The adjusted thresholds affect amounts under the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 (CARD Act), the Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act of 1994 (HOEPA), and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Qualified Mortgages). The adjusted amounts, effective January 1, 2020, include: The open-end consumer credit minimum […]

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QM Changes Considered

On July 25 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published a 30-page Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) seeking comments relating to the scheduled January 10, 2021, expiration of the temporary qualified mortgage provision applicable to loans eligible for purchase or guarantee by the Government Sponsored Enterprises, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. That provision is in the CFPB’s Ability to Repay/Qualified Mortgage (ATR/QM) Rule (section 1026.43 of Regulation Z).   The Bureau is considering whether […]

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Legislative Update

On March 6, the House of Representatives took action on several banking related bills. As typical the bills next go to the Senate. The Portfolio Lending and Mortgage Access Act (H.R. 2226) passed by voice vote. It would provide a “qualified mortgage” safe harbor for all loans held in portfolio for institutions under $10 billion in assets. The Comprehensive Regulatory Review Act (H.R. 4607) passed by a vote of 264 to 163. It would ensure […]

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ATR/QM POLL

Recently we polled our Compliance Master Group members on the Ability-to-Repay/Qualified Mortgages rules. There were no huge surprises, but we got a lot of confirmation of what we expected to see: Most creditors use a mix of ATR/QM options; The Small Creditor QM is the most popular ATR/QM option; Adopting the ATR/QM rules was a challenge, but did not reduce loan volume for most creditors; and Most creditors have not yet adopted Appendix Q, but […]

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