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Volume 2014 - Number 16

April 25, 2014

Odds of More Oversight of Student Loan Servicing Rises After CFPB Criticizes Auto Default Practice

In a development with potentially negative implications for lenders, servicers and investors in student loan ABS, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a report this week critical of the “auto-default” practice seen in private student lending. According to the CFPB’s Mid-Year Update on Student Loan Complaints, borrowers say that some lenders demand immediate full repayment upon the death or bankruptcy of their loan co-signer, even in cases when the loan is current. Borrowers also said they confronted bureaucratic barriers to releasing co-signers from their loans, something that could help avoid auto-defaults. “Students often rely...

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HUD has announced a 25 basis point cut in FHA premiums, which is slated to take effect in late January. Is your lending shop for or against a cut in FHA premiums?

For. It should help lending volumes.
Against. The private MI sector should take on this risk, not the government.
Too early to say.
I believe the new White House may scuttle the idea so it doesn’t matter.

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