Small Dollar Lending

Providing financial services to those whose needs require special treatment, either because of the dollar amount of credit sought or other credit-related problems, has been a long-standing concern of CBA and its membership. Categories of those requiring such special treatment include low-income individuals and families, as well as military personnel and others who may be in temporary financial distress. CBA's Government Relations team has worked with financial regulators, the Department of Defense and the U.S. Congress to develop innovative financial products to serve the needs of those requiring special attention based upon their financial situation.
  • December 22, 2016
    Happy Holidays From CBA On behalf of all of us here at CBA, we would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah. For the holidays, I am heading home to Jennings, Louisiana to visit my family, and I hope you are able to do the same. Be safe, and I look forward to catching up with everyone in 2017. A Sit-down With Our Chairman on What it Means to be a Banker Tackling...
  • December 19, 2016
    On Monday, December 19, 2016, the CFPB took action against four Virginia pawnbrokers for allegedly deceiving consumers about the actual annual costs of their loans. The pawnbrokers are Spotsylvania Gold & Pawn , Inc.; Fredericksburg Pawn, Inc . ; Pawn U.S.A., Inc. ; and A to Z Pawn, Inc. In lawsuits filed in federal court, the agency alleged the four companies broke the law by misstating the...
  • October 27, 2016
    A banking trade group told regulators that its members have changed or are changing contracts for private student-loan customers to ensure that loans in good standing aren’t placed in default because a co-signer has died or filed for bankruptcy. The changes address the regulators’ criticism of the banks’ practice, called “auto-defaults.” The system causes surprise defaults for borrowers when the...
  • October 7, 2016
    On October 7, 2016, Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) submitted a comment letter to CFPB Director Richard Cordray urging the Final Payday and Small Dollar Lending Rule be written so consumer access to small-dollar credit from traditional lenders, such as banks and credit unions, not be unintentionally cut off for Americans who need it most. They expressed...
  • October 7, 2016
    CBA Members Help Those Impacted by Hurricane Matthew During hurricane season, CBA members are making every attempt to provide for their customers, employees, and communities impacted by Hurricane Matthew. Many of our members are offering consumers mobile banking options, fully stocked ATM networks, access to customer call centers and timely information posted to their website and social media...
  • October 7, 2016
    By Electronic Filing October 6, 2016 Monica Jackson Office of the Executive Secretary Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 1700 G Street NW Washington, DC 20552 Re: Proposed Rule: Payday, Vehicle Title, and Certain High-Cost Installment Loans (No. CFPB-2016-0025) Dear Ms. Jackson: This letter provides comments from trade associations representing a broad cross-section of the United States...
  • October 7, 2016
    October 7, 2016 Submitted Electronically: FederalRegisterComments@cfpb.gov Ms. Monica Jackson Office of the Executive Secretary Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 1700 G Street, NW Washington, DC 20552 Re: Docket No. CFPB-2016-0025 / RIN3170–AA40 - Payday, Vehicle Title, and Certain High-Cost Installment Loans Dear Ms. Jackson, The Consumer Bankers Association (“CBA”) [1] appreciates the...
  • October 7, 2016
    On Friday, October 7, 2016, CBA filed two comment letters concerning the CFPB’s proposed rule on small-dollar lending. The first letter addressed the multitude of issues surrounding the proposal. CBA argued the proposal’s strict and prescriptive rules will stifle progress in the small-dollar market. They create conditions calling for a level and cost of compliance so great depository lenders...
  • September 28, 2016
    On Wednesday, September 28, 2016, more than 100 House Democrats sent a letter , led by Financial Services Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA), to CFPB Director Richard Cordray stating their support for the agency’s small dollar loan rule, proposed on June 2, 2016. The signers applauded the Bureau’s efforts “to ensure that fairness, honesty, and transparency become basic components of the products...
  • September 28, 2016
    In the latter half of the 2000s, it became commonplace for regulators and policy analysts to refer to the “Wild West” landscape of student lending, especially private student loans. A decade later, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has announced itself as the new sheriff in town to the student loan industry and the for-profit colleges that fueled it. Launched in 2011, the agency was formed...

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