CFPB: Tech Sprints Will Empower Consumers, Reduce Regulatory Burden

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) today announced its first-ever Tech Sprints to reduce regulatory burden and improve consumer understanding of financial services. The Bureau’s Tech Sprints program will bring together regulators, technologists, software providers, consumer groups, and financial institutions to develop technological solutions to shared compliance challenges. The first […]

CFPB: FFIEC Announces Availability of 2019 HMDA Data on Mortgage Lending

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) today announced the availability of data on 2019 mortgage lending transactions at 5,508 U.S. financial institutions covered by the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). Covered institutions include banks, savings associations, credit unions, and mortgage companies. The HMDA data are the most comprehensive publicly […]

CFPB: Interpretive Rule Issued on Method for Determining Underserved Areas

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) today issued an interpretive rule to provide guidance to creditors and other persons involved in the mortgage origination process about the way in which the Bureau determines which counties qualify as “underserved” for a given calendar year. The Bureau’s annual list of rural and […]

CFPB: Interim Final Rule Issued on Loss Mitigation Options for Homeowners Recovering from Pandemic-Related Financial Hardships

 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) issued today an interim final rule (IFR) that will make it easier for consumers to transition out of financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and easier for mortgage servicers to assist those consumers. The CARES Act provides forbearance relief for consumers with federally-backed […]

CFPB: Pilot Advisory Opinion Program Launches to Provide Regulate Entities Clear Guidance and Improve Compliance

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) today launched a pilot advisory opinion (AO) program to publicly address regulatory uncertainty in the Bureau’s existing regulations. The pilot AO program will allow entities seeking to comply with regulatory requirements to submit a request where uncertainty exists. The Bureau will then select topics […]

CFPB: New Online Resource Helps Communities Prevent and Respond to Elder Fraud

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) today released an online resource to help communities form networks to increase their capacity to prevent and respond to elder financial abuse. The Elder Fraud Prevention and Response Networks Development Guide (Networks Development Guide) offers planning tools, templates, and exercises to help communities create […]

CFPB: Bureau Takes Steps to Facilitate LIBOR Transition

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) today took steps to facilitate the transition away from LIBOR for consumers and regulated entities. The Bureau released an updated Consumer Handbook on Adjustable Rate Mortgages (CHARM) to help consumers better understand adjustable rate mortgage loan products. The Bureau also released a Notice of […]

CFPB: Consumer Actions for Relief from Credit Card Issuers During the Pandemic

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) today took action to help consumers receive relief during the pandemic more quickly from their credit card issuer. Regulation Z requires that creditors provide written disclosures to consumers for account-opening and temporary rate or fee reduction. During the pandemic, consumers may seek to open […]

CFPB: New Study Highlights Challenges Retirees Face to Meet Expenses in Early Years of Retirement

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) today released a first of its kind study examining the financial resources and expenses of retirees during the first five years of retirement among Americans who retired between 1992 and 2014. Given that a growing number of retirees are not experiencing the expected gradual […]

CFPB: Consumer Complaint Bulletin Issued for Complaints Received during COVID-19 Pandemic

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) today issued a report analyzing the complaints received during the COVID-19 pandemic. The bulletin shows that mortgage and credit card complaints top the list of complaints the Bureau has received that mention coronavirus or related terms. In April and May, the Bureau received historically higher […]