Lending

FHFA: Key Updates Announced for Implementation of Enterprise Credit Score Requirements

Use of “bi-merge” credit reporting to occur simultaneously with implementation of new credit score model requirements The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today announced updates to the implementation of new credit score requirements for single-family loans acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises). Following extensive stakeholder engagement and input, FHFA is aligning the…

CFPB: Guidance Issued to Rein in Rigged Comparison-Shopping Results for Credit Cards and Other Financial Products

Manipulative advertisements and kickbacks undermine competition and can violate federal law The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today issued a circular to law enforcement agencies and regulators explaining how companies operating comparison-shopping tools can break the law when they steer consumers to certain products or lenders because of kickbacks. Consumers use comparison-shopping tools to evaluate the costs,…

HUD: FHA Launches New Option to Help Struggling Borrowers Keep Their Homes

The new offering, called the Payment Supplement, will help borrowers bring their mortgage payments current and avoid foreclosure. FHA will also extend its full suite of loss mitigation options for all borrowers through April 30, 2025. The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today announced a new loss mitigation home retention option for borrowers with FHA-insured single family forward…

ABA: Bank Economists Express Cautious Optimism About Credit Conditions in 2024

The latest summary of ABA’s Credit Conditions Index examines a suite of indices derived from the quarterly outlook for credit markets produced by ABA’s Economic Advisory Committee (EAC). The EAC includes chief economists from North America’s largest banks. Readings above 50 indicate that, on net, bank economists expect business and household credit conditions to improve, while readings…

Agencies Issue 2023 Shared National Credit Program Report

Federal bank regulatory agencies today reported in the 2023 Shared National Credit (SNC) report that credit quality associated with large, syndicated bank loans remains moderate. However, the agencies noted declining credit quality trends due to the pressure of higher interest rates on leveraged borrowers and compressed operating margins in some industry sectors. Risks in leveraged…

SBA: Updated Equity Action Plan Unveiled to Advance Commitment to Investing in Equity

Updates Focus on Providing Access to Capital and Entrepreneurial Support Services, Creating Economic Opportunities, and Advancing our National Economy Today,  Administrator Isabel Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the voice in President Biden’s Cabinet for America’s more than 33 million small businesses and startups, announced the SBA’s updated 2023 Equity Action Plan outlining actionable steps the…

FFIEC: Statement Issued on Examination Principles Related to Valuation Discrimination and Bias in Residential Lending   

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council today issued a statement of principles related to valuation discrimination and bias for member entities to consider in their consumer compliance and safety and soundness examinations. The principles aid member entities in assessing whether their supervised institutions’ compliance and risk management practices are appropriate to identify and mitigate discrimination…

Federal Reserve: New Paper Reexamines the Role of the CRA in Mortgage Supply and the U.S. Housing Boom

Abstract: Concerns have lingered since the 2007 subprime crisis that government housing policies promote risky mortgage lending. The first peer-reviewed evidence of a causal effect was published by the Review of Financial Studies in a paper (Saadi, 2020) linking the crisis to changes in the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) in 1995. A review of that…

FHFA: Latest Report on Non-Performing Loan Sales Released

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today released the latest report on the sale of non-performing loans (NPLs) by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises). The Enterprise Non-Performing Loan Sales Report includes sales information about NPLs sold through June 30, 2023. Borrower outcomes reflect NPLs sold through December 31, 2022. The sale of NPLs…

FHFA: 2024 Scorecard for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and Common Securitization Solutions Released

Today, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released the 2024 Scorecard for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (together, the Enterprises) and their joint venture, Common Securitization Solutions, LLC (CSS). Annually, FHFA releases a Scorecard to communicate and provide public awareness of its priorities and expectations for the Enterprises and CSS. “The annual Scorecard requires that…