HUD: Revised “Disparate Impact” Rule Proposed

New proposed disparate impact rule more appropriately reflects 2015 Supreme Court ruling  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today published a proposed rule to amend the HUD interpretation of the Fair Housing Act’s disparate impact standard. The proposed rule as amended would provide more appropriate guidance on […]

HUD: FHA Issues New Condominium Approval Rule

Comprehensive policy revisions include ability to approve individual units in nonapproved condo projects In an effort to promote affordable and sustainable homeownership, especially among credit-worthy first-time buyers, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today published a long-awaited final regulation, and policy implementation guidance, which establish a new condominium approval process. Designed […]

FHFA: Final Rule on Credit Scoring Models Published

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today sent to the Federal Register for publication a final rule on the validation and approval of third-party credit score model(s) that can be used by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises).  The rule implements the requirements in Section 310 of the Economic Growth, […]

HUD: Agency Announces Efforts to Reduce Risk from Cash-Out Refinance Lending

FHA and Ginnie Mae seek to preserve homeowner equity and, boost investor confidence The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced joint policy actions designed to reduce risk associated with cash-out refinance lending. The changes preserve homeowners’ ability to convert home equity to cash via a government-sponsored […]

ABA: Report Shows Credit Card Market Moderated in First Quarter 2019

Credit card use moderated in the first quarter of 2019, according to the American Bankers Association’s latest quarterly Credit Card Market Monitor. Compared to the previous quarter, seasonally adjusted purchase volumes declined across risk tiers. Compared to year-ago levels, purchase volumes rose among super-prime (+5.2 percent) and subprime (+4.3 percent) […]

FDIC: Annual Publication Examines Potential Credit and Market Risks

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) today published its 2019 Risk Review, an annual publication highlighting emerging risks and exposures in the banking system. The publication will be of particular interest to financial institutions, policymakers, analysts, and regulators.  “The FDIC is committed to transparency and accountability, and the publication of our 2019 […]

CFPB: Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Qualified Mortgages Released

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) today issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) seeking information relating to the expiration of the temporary qualified mortgage provision applicable to certain mortgage loans eligible for purchase or guarantee by the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs), Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, in the […]

SBA: Interim Rule Issued to Adjust Size Standards to Expand Lending & Contracting Opportunities

Deadline to comment on interim final rule is Sept. 16, 2019 The U.S. Small Business Administration recently issued an interim final rule that will adjust monetary-based small business size standards for inflation to allow more small businesses to become eligible for the SBA’s loan and contracting programs. The interim final rule was published in […]

CFPB: FTC, CFPB and States Announce Settlement with Equifax Over 2017 Data Breach

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico announced a global settlement today with Equifax that would provide up to $700 million in monetary relief and penalties. In a complaint and proposed stipulated judgment filed in federal […]

CFPB: Report on Third-Party Debt Collections Released

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) released a report today that found that more than one-in-four consumers with a credit report have at least one debt in collection by third-party debt collectors. Today’s report, which covers 2004 to 2018, is drawn from the Bureau’s Consumer Credit Panel (CCP), a nationally […]