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  • Chairman Crapo Offers Hope for Safe Banking in Controversial Industries

    February 25, 2020
    Last October, the House passed the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act to provide safe harbor for banks and credit unions doing business with legal cannabis businesses. Following its passage, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo issued a recommendation to merge language from the Financial Institution Consumer Protection Act—a proposed measure that would prevent regulators from ordering depository institutions to terminate the accounts of legal businesses they disapprove of—into the SAFE Banking Act. This would resolve a threat posed to businesses seen as “high risk” by agency bureaucrats.
  • Democratic Witnesses Oppose Interest Rate Cap

    February 13, 2020
    American Banker ran a piece last week on a proposed law to impose an interest rate cap on small-dollar loans. While the hearing revealed the inner-party conflict over the legislation, the divide was further demonstrated by Democratic witnesses who contradicted their written testimony in support of a rate cap by seeming to question the merits of such a measure.
  • Interest Rate Caps Harm Financial Inclusion; Bank Partnerships Spread Inclusion Around

    February 12, 2020
    The House Financial Services Committee held a hearing last week on small-dollar lending and proposed legislation that would limit the interest rates on such loans. Many lawmakers are concerned that “payday and car-title loans can be harmful to consumers.” While it’s good to focus on improving the lives of financially strapped consumers, much of the hearing ignored basic economics and how the proposed interest rate caps would further harm poor consumers by likely shutting them out of access to legal credit entirely.
  • CFPB Takes a Step to End Regulation by Enforcement

    January 27, 2020
    After almost a decade of ambiguity, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has finally offered some clarity to its definition of what constitutes an “abusive” practice by lending institutions like banks and credit unions.
  • Divisions Between Bank Regulators Over Fair-Lending Revamp Highlight the Need for Outright Repeal

    January 23, 2020

    Despite hesitation from the Federal Reserve, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has made clear that they plan to push forward with their revamp of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). The plan which was jointly proposed with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) late last year, if implemented...
  • Despite Naysayers, Consumer Finance Panelists are Uniquely Qualified to Tackle Barriers to Financial Inclusion

    January 14, 2020
    Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection announced the membership of the newly created Taskforce on Federal Consumer Financial Law, which will work to “harmonize and modernize federal consumer financial laws” and report to the CFPB director with its recommendations on how to improve and strengthen the legal and regulatory regime around consumer finance.
  • Don't Just "Modernize" Community Reinvestment Act, Repeal It

    December 13, 2019
    On Thursday, financial regulators released a long-awaited reform proposal which would make substantial changes to the implementation and enforcement of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). The plan by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), if implemented, would be the most significant update to low-income lending requirements for U.S. banks in a quarter-century.
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Should End Frivolous Student Loan Lawsuit

    November 19, 2019
    The efforts of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger have gone a long way in reversing egregious Obama-era actions that plagued the agency, helping to make it more transparent, accountable, and friendly to consumer choice. However, while these efforts should be applauded, there remains unfinished business that must be taken care of—chief among them the flawed lawsuit levied by the CFPB against the finance company Navient.
  • Celebrate Consumer Finance Law Modernization

    October 23, 2019
    Earlier this month, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it will create a taskforce to “harmonize and modernize federal consumer financial laws.” The Taskforce on Federal Consumer Financial Law will report to the CFPB Director with recommendations to improve and strengthen the legal and regulatory regime surrounding consumer credit markets.
  • In Praise of Pro-Consumer Tenure of Finance Regulator Kraninger

    October 16, 2019
    As she prepares to give her semi-annual testimony to Congress this week—on Wednesday to the House Financial Services Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and on Thursday to the Senate Banking Committee—Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger has much to be proud of. Since the Senate confirmed her in December 2018, Kraninger has worked diligently to make the CFPB more transparent, more accountable, and ultimately more consumer-friendly.

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