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Volume 2014 - Number 23

June 12, 2014

QM Rule Remains Top Compliance Concern, Jury Still Out on its Effectiveness, Impact on Access to Credit

Six months into the new ability-to-repay rule, industry compliance professionals seem confident in the efforts they’ve made to get ready for the regulation and acknowledge that the sky hasn’t fallen – yet. But it’s far too early to draw definitive conclusions about the success of the rule itself and its overall effect upon the market, according to experts at the American Bankers Association’s 2014 regulatory compliance conference in New Orleans this week. “Clearly, the new rules have increased the bank’s risk profile and have put pressure on the decentralized operating market,” said Cheryl Snyder, head of retail banking for Park National Bank, the lead bank in a $6 billion bank holding company headquartered in Newark, OH, and an originator of qualified mortgages and non-QM loans. Citing the lending industry’s technology preparations in the much-hyped run-up to the year 2000, Snyder told...

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