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  • August 24, 2017
    On Thursday, August 24, 2017, the CFPB issued a rule amending the 2015 updates to the HMDA rule. The Bureau has temporarily changed reporting requirements for banks and credit unions that issue home-equity lines of credit, and clarified the information that financial institutions are required to collect and report about their mortgage lending. Key points of the update are as follows: Reporting...
  • August 24, 2017
    On Thursday, August 24, 2017, issued a report warning older consumers about taking out a reverse mortgage loan in order to bridge the gap in income while delaying Social Security benefits until a later age. The CFPB report found, in general, the costs and risks of taking out a reverse mortgage exceed the cumulative increase in Social Security lifetime benefits that homeowners would receive by...
  • August 23, 2017
    CFPB Takes Action against American Express Subsidiaries On Wednesday, August 23, 2017, the CFPB took action against two American Express banking subsidiaries for allegedly discriminating against consumers in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and other U.S. territories. The agency claims the companies provided consumers with credit and charge card terms inferior to those available in the 50...
  • August 23, 2017
    On Wednesday, August 23, 2017, the OCC issued the “ Substantial Asset Changes, Including Changes in Charter Purpose ” booklet of the Comptroller’s Licensing Manual. This is a new booklet incorporating procedures and requirements after the Office of Thrift Supervision’s integration into the OCC in 2011 and the issuance of revised regulations (under 12 CFR 5) that became effective April 1, 2017...
  • August 23, 2017
    On Wednesday, August 23, 2017, the OCC issued a bulletin inviting comment on a proposed rule to increase the appraisal threshold for commercial real estate (CRE) transactions from $250,000 to $400,000. This threshold sets the transaction value above which national banks and federal savings associations (collectively, banks) must obtain appraisals that conform with Title XI of the Financial...
  • August 22, 2017
    On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, the FDIC released the Second Quarter 2017 Quarterly Banking Profile . Commercial banks and savings institutions insured by FDIC reported aggregate net income of $48.3 billion in the second quarter of 2017, up $4.7 billion (10.7 percent) from a year earlier. The increase in earnings was mainly attributable to a $10.3 billion (9.1 percent) increase in net interest...
  • August 22, 2017
    On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, the FDIC and the OCC issued a joint release regarding a proposed rule that would extend the existing transitional capital treatment for certain regulatory capital deductions and risk weights. The extension would apply to banking organizations that are not subject to the agencies’ advanced approaches capital rules. Banking...
  • August 21, 2017
    On Monday, August 21, 2017, the OCC issued a bulletin providing guidance to spur community revitalization through prudent higher-loan-to-value mortgage lending in targeted areas. This bulletin provides guidance regarding the circumstances under which banks may establish a program to originate certain higher-LTV loans and the OCC’s supervisory considerations regarding such programs. “Banks and...
  • August 18, 2017
    On Monday, August 14, 2017, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, FDIC, and OCC issued interagency guidance on the regulatory capital treatment of certain centrally cleared derivative contracts in light of recent changes to the rulebooks of certain central counterparties. Highlights included: For a derivative contract structured such that on specified dates any outstanding...
  • August 16, 2017
    The CFPB released two report this week outlining challenges with student loan repayment and repayment programs. The first report, entitled “ CFPB Data Point: Student Loan Repayment ,” found nearly half of student loan borrowers leave school owing at least $20,000 – double the share of borrowers a decade ago. The Bureau also found more borrowers are taking out student loans later in life, and...

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