Dodd-Frank Act

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July 21, 2014 - Inside the CFPB

Worth Noting/Looking Ahead/Vendor Update

Bureau Moves to Ensure Equal Treatment for Same-Sex Marrieds. The CFPB is synchronizing its internal policies with the U.S. Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor, striking down as unconstitutional Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, which holds that the word ‘marriage’ means only a legal union between one man and one woman. According to a staff memorandum from CFPB Director Richard Cordray, the CFPB will regard a person who is married under the laws of any jurisdiction to be married nationwide for purposes of the federal statutes and regulations under the bureau’s jurisdiction regardless of the person’s place of residency. However, consistent with other federal regulatory agencies, the bureau will not regard persons who are joined ...


July 21, 2014 - Inside the CFPB

Dodd-Frank at Four: $21 Billion in Compliance Costs – and Counting

As of July 21, 2014, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is now four years old and the CFPB three, after imposing more than $21 billion in costs and 60.7 million paperwork burden hours, according to a new study by American Action Forum, which identifies itself as a center-right policy institute. “As time passes, the law becomes more expensive as regulatory agencies like the CFPB and the Federal Housing Finance Agency grow with the mission to implement burdensome rules,” the report said. “Meanwhile, small financial services firms continue to struggle as the law restricts the availability of financial products. With about one-quarter of the law still left to implement, one can only expect the costs to continue ...


July 21, 2014 - Inside the CFPB

Bureau Still Eyeballing Expansion Of Consumer Complaint Database

The CFPB is now collecting consumer complaints about seven different segments of the financial services sector, and its latest cumulative report on the subject indicates the Dodd-Frank Act’s cop on the beat is only going to continue to expand its dragnet. So far, the CFPB is accepting complaints about credit cards (as of July 21, 2011), mortgages (Dec. 1, 2011), bank accounts and services (March 1, 2012), credit reporting (Oct. 22, 2012), money transfers (April 4, 2013), debt collection (July 10, 2013), and payday loans (Nov. 6, 2013). “The CFPB continues to work toward expanding its complaint handling to include other products and services under its authority, such as prepaid cards. Consumers may also contact the CFPB about other products ...


July 17, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

The Dodd-Frank Act at Four: Helping to Prevent Mortgage Problems and Decreasing the Pool of Potential Borrowers

Mortgage industry participants suggest that the Dodd-Frank Act has helped to ensure that problems seen in the mortgage market in 2005 and beyond are unlikely to occur again. However, lenders suggest that the DFA has also limited access to credit for potential borrowers. Four years after the DFA was signed into law, a number of think tanks convened panels this week to analyze its impact. Predictably, consumer advocates are largely happy with the DFA while lenders have more mixed feelings about the law, which created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and a landslide of new mortgage regulations. “The mortgage market is...


July 11, 2014 - Inside MBS & ABS

SIFMA Urges Agencies to Band Together to Develop Common Diversity Rules for Financial Institutions

The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association has called upon federal financial institutions and consumer protection regulators to form an interagency working group to establish joint, uniform diversity standards for the financial services industry. The standards would implement a requirement of the Dodd-Frank Act for consistent, uniform rules to assess the diversity policies and practices of financial institutions. The rules would also spell out criteria and procedures for determining whether a contractor or subcontractor has made a “good-faith effort” to include minorities and women in its workforce. Several of the agencies jointly proposed...


July 10, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

To Avoid QM Landmines, Wholesalers Tread Carefully in Payments to Mortgage Brokers

Mortgage wholesalers are being extra careful these days on how much they pay loan brokers in a table-funding transaction to make sure they don’t run afoul of the points-and-fees cap on qualified mortgages set by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. According to interviews conducted by Inside Mortgage Finance over the past few weeks, table funders are capping those fees at anywhere from 2.20 percent to 2.75 percent. Some may go as low as 1.40 percent. The cap for qualified mortgage eligibility set by the CFPB under the Dodd-Frank Act is...


July 3, 2014 - Inside FHA Lending

FHA Requests Feedback on Handbook Sections

The FHA is seeking comment on two new sections of a proposed single-family handbook for mortgage lenders. The handbook is in development. Once completed, it will serve as the centralized source of current and future FHA policies. Agency staff is collating policies from several handbooks, rules, mortgagee letters, notices and other sources to incorporate into the handbook. The FHA is publishing two new sections, “Doing Business with FHA – FHA Lenders and Mortgagees” and “Quality Control, Oversight and Compliance,” for comment. The “Doing Business” section lays out the requirements for FHA lender approval, including eligibility requirements, application processes, operating requirements and post-approval changes. The section also contains the recertification process as well as processes for applying for ...


June 23, 2014 - Inside the CFPB

House Panel Passes Multiple CFPB Bills; Prospects Dicey in the Senate

The House Financial Services Committee passed a handful of CFPB-related bills earlier this month, after a previously scheduled markup had been delayed by the death of the mother of Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA, the ranking member on the committee. H.R. 3770, the CFPB-IG Act of 2013, introduced by Rep. Steve Stivers, R-OH, was approved 39-20. The bill would create a separate, independent inspector general for the CFPB. The CFPB currently shares an inspector general with the Federal Reserve System. H.R. 4262, the Bureau Advisory Commission Transparency Act, introduced by Rep. Sean Duffy, R-WI, was approved by voice vote. H.R. 4262 would open up CFPB advisory board meetings to the public. H.R. 4383, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Small Business ...


June 12, 2014 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Minimum Requirements for Appraisal Management Companies Prompt Debate on State Regulation

Industry participants have raised a number of concerns about a proposed rule issued in April that would implement minimum requirements for appraisal management companies, which are intermediaries between appraisers and lenders. Federal regulators in April issued a proposed rule that would implement AMC provisions mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act, including a ban on AMCs providing appraisal management services for federally related transactions in states that haven’t established regulations for AMCs. The Consumer Mortgage Coalition said...


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