Richard's Rapid Fire

  • January 6, 2017
    115 th Congress Settles In for 2017 What a time to be in Washington. With the new Congress gearing up for 2017, here are a few key developments to keep you in the know: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) was officially reelected as Speaker of the House, beating Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) by a 239-189 vote; Republicans added Sens. David Perdue (R-GA), Thom Tills (R-NC) and John Kennedy (R-LA) to the Senate...
  • 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 16, 2016
    Out with the Old, In with the New President-elect Donald Trump continues to fill his cabinet with the selection of former WWE CEO Linda McMahon as the head of the Small Business Administration, CKE restaurants CEO Andrew Puzder as the Labor Secretary, and Exxon Mobile CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not just cabinet picks who matter. Policy making is...
  • December 9, 2016
    CBA, CUNA, NAFCU, ICBA Call for a Commission at the CFPB This week, CBA, the Credit Union National Association, the Independent Community Bankers of America, and the National Association of Federal Credit Unions, which combined represent more than 12,000 financial institutions across America, wrote to Senate leaders calling for the creation of a five-member, bipartisan commission at the CFPB. The...
  • December 2, 2016
    Breaking: OCC Moving to Create Charters for FinTech Firms The OCC today issued a White Paper detailing plans to create special purpose charters for fintech firms and is seeking comments on the various issues raised by this initiative. We applaud the OCC for their efforts to further explore chartering, and we will provide the agency with our reactions – particularly in regard to ensuring a level...
  • November 18, 2016
    Trump’s Short List Includes Individuals with Banking Experience A lot of names are being tossed around for top positions in the Trump Administration. As it relates to banking, here is what we know so far: Steven Mnuchin , a former Goldman Sachs Banker, Jamie Dimon , CEO of JPMorgan, and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), House Financial Services Committee Chair, are reportedly the leading candidates for...
  • November 11, 2016
    A Time to Honor Our Veterans On behalf of the entire CBA Family, I wanted to take a moment to extend our sincerest gratitude to our veterans, active service members, and their families this Veterans Day. Our veterans embody many of our nation’s greatest values: courage, humility and selflessness. Today we show our appreciation for their service and commitment. Thank you . CBA Congratulates New...
  • November 4, 2016
    Election 2016: What It Means For Retail Banking With the election just days away, we’ll need to start getting used to saying President Trump or President Clinton. Be sure to join Team CBA on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. Eastern for a 60-minute members-only webinar to get an inside look at the 2016 election and its impact on retail banks. Will there be key leadership changes in the...
  • October 28, 2016
    Crystal Ball: the CFPB’s 2017 Priorities During a speech earlier this week, CFPB Director Richard Cordray outlined the Bureau’s three priority areas for enforcement actions and supervision in 2017: consumer complaints, redlining and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) violations. In light of the recent Appeals Court decision, which rejected the CFPB’s interpretation of portions of RESPA...
  • October 21, 2016
    Time to Revamp the CFPB Structure Last week, a federal court decided a sitting president could immediately remove a CFPB director on a whim. This decision is concerning as it subjects the Bureau to political pressures by placing its directorship under the thumbprint of the president. In response, I penned an op-ed in USA Today calling for a five-person, bipartisan commission at the CFPB. With...

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