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May 2, 2016 - Inside the CFPB

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Mortgage Warehouse Volume at Horizon Bancorp Declines in First Quarter, TRID Remains an Issue. Horizon Bancorp announced recently that its mortgage warehouse lending efforts were down in the first quarter of 2016. The bank had $119.88 million in mortgage warehouse loans on its balance sheet at the end of the first quarter of 2016, down 17.2 percent from the previous quarter and down 33.0 percent from the first quarter of 2015.... Flagstar Boosts Originations and Income in 1Q16, Is Comfortable with TRID. Flagstar Bancorp reported an increase in originations and net income for the first quarter of 2016 with company executives noting that the bank is comfortable with the TRID mortgage disclosure requirements...


May 2, 2016 - Inside the CFPB

Mortgage-Related Exams Rose 70 Percent Last Year, CFPB Reveals

It should come as no surprise to mortgage originators and servicers that the CFPB has significantly ramped up its examination activity of their operations over the last year. Data provided exclusively to Inside the CFPB from the bureau per a Freedom of Information Act request reveal there was a 70 percent increase in mortgage-related exams in 2015 from the prior year. As the accompanying chart illustrates, nonbanks have been having an even more active degree of scrutiny from the bureau than have depository institutions. Nonbank originators have seen an 85.7 percent increase in exam activity year over year, versus depositories, which have seen a rise of “only” 42.9 percent during that period. And it is even worse for nonbank servicers. ...


May 2, 2016 - Inside the CFPB

CHLA Calls for Balanced Treatment Of Nonbank Mortgage Lenders

In the continuing wake of industry concerns about the TRID disclosure rule and worries about large retroactive fines, the Community Home Lenders Association says the CFPB should provide more balanced regulatory and enforcement policies toward smaller nonbank mortgage lenders and improve compliance guidance and due process. Asserting that nonbank mortgage lenders, including community-based lenders, have recently “led the way” in providing access to mortgage credit and providing more personalized loan servicing, the CHLA said “any regulatory policies that have the effect of imposing a disproportionate compliance burden on smaller lender/servicers can accelerate industry consolidation – which in turn can result in fewer consumer choices and less personalized service.” The trade group had three main recommendations for the bureau, the first of ...


April 29, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Research From Treasury Suggests Dodd-Frank Act Handling of Credit Rating Issues Far from Perfect

The alternatives to credit ratings mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act aimed to address contributors to the financial crisis have their own challenges, according to a new report from the Treasury Department’s Office of Financial Research. John Soroushian, a research analyst for policy studies at the OFR, noted that before the financial crisis, rating services had an incentive to inflate ratings for MBS, ABS and other investments to expand their business. He said rating services were “key enablers” in the creation of MBS and collateralized-debt obligations. “Without ratings, it would have been...


April 15, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Politicos Spar Over Dodd-Frank’s Impact on Market Liquidity; Regulators Suggest Market is Still Evolving

Republican and Democrat members of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee were at odds during a hearing this week over whether there is much of a liquidity problem in the fixed-income markets today, and if so, to what extent the Dodd-Frank Act or Federal Reserve monetary policy may be responsible. Federal regulators, on the other hand, told the lawmakers that markets are functioning well enough and still evolving in a new, post-crisis environment. They suggested the thing to worry about is how much liquidity there will be in five or 10 years and how it will function. Sen. Dean Heller, R-NV, asked...


April 7, 2016 - Inside Mortgage Finance

Industry Allies Fault CFPB on TRID, ATR, Use of Enforcement Actions to Set Policy

Mortgage lending allies, free-market advocates and Congressional critics of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau this week took issue with some of the CFPB’s most significant mortgage rules and its use of regulatory enforcement actions to establish policy they said would be more appropriately set in the traditional public notice and comment process. Former Federal Trade Commission official Todd Zywicki, now a law professor at George Mason University, told members of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee that many smaller banks have chosen to exit the mortgage market rather than bear the regulatory cost and risk associated with complying with the numerous mortgage regulations promulgated by the CFPB. Citing a survey of small banks conducted by GMU’s Mercatus Center, Zywicki said...


April 4, 2016 - Inside the CFPB

GAO Suggests Congress Give CFPB More Power

Congress should consider whether additional changes to the federal financial regulatory structure are needed to reduce or better manage fragmentation and overlap in the oversight of financial institutions and activities to improve the consistency of consumer protections, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. “For example, Congress could consider ... transferring the remaining prudential regulators’ consumer protection authorities over large depository institutions to the CFPB ... among other considerations,” the report stated. One of the concerns GAO raised is that a federal financial regulatory system with multiple regulators can result in inefficient and inconsistent safety and soundness and consumer protection oversight, with negative consequences for industry players. “While Congress addressed some of our concerns through consolidating rulemaking ...


March 25, 2016 - Inside MBS & ABS

Risk-Retention Suit Moved to D.C. District Court, HFSC Eases CLO Managers’ Risk-Retention Burden

A federal appeals court in Washington, DC, ordered the transfer of a case challenging risk-retention rules to the district court because the petitioner sought review of an agency action “in the wrong court.” Writing for the majority, Judge Janice Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia shifted the Loan Syndications and Trading Association’s (LSTA) challenge to the lower court for lack of statutory authorization to review the rule. “As it turns out, LSTA’s challenge on the merits will have to wait,” she wrote. Jointly prescribed by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Reserve Board, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the credit risk-retention regulations required...


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