State Regulators

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September 11, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

Other News in Brief/Industry News in Brief

State Regulators Start Work on a Next-Generation Technology Platform. The Conference of State Bank Supervisors has initiated what it characterizes as a major redesign of the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System (NMLS), which is the core technology platform state bank regulators utilize. According to the CSBS, the redesign will enable the regulators to transform the licensing and supervision of non-bank financial institutions, including financial technology companies, or so-called fintechs. “Technology and data are powerful tools that can create sweeping benefits throughout the financial regulatory system,” said Louisiana Office of Financial Institutions Commissioner John Ducrest. “And that vision drives our efforts with the next-generation NMLS. We are committed to nothing less than modernized state regulation for a modernized financial services industry.” The ...

August 28, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

CFPB Sues Aequitas Capital Over Its Support of Corinthian Colleges

The CFPB recently filed a complaint and a proposed settlement against what’s left of Aequitas Capital Management and related entities, all of which are based in Lake Oswego, OR, accusing the firms of aiding the allegedly predatory lending behavior of Corinthian Colleges, now defunct. The complaint against Aequitas and its affiliates was filed in U.S. District Court, District of Oregon, Portland Division. “The bureau brings this action against Aequitas for its abusive acts and practices in connection with private loans made to students at Corinthian Colleges, which were funded or purchased by Aequitas,” the CFPB said. “By funding these private loans, Aequitas enabled Corinthian to present a façade of compliance with federal laws requiring that a certain portion of a ...

August 28, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

Servicers Can Continue to Expect Vigorous Regulation, Analysts Say

There may be plenty of uncertainty about the direction of the CFPB these days, given that Republicans are calling the shots on Capitol Hill and at the White House, plus the fact that Richard Cordray’s days as director of the bureau are numbered, regardless of when he actually ends up departing. Still, mortgage servicers can continue to expect robust supervision and regulation – and enforcement –if not from the bureau, then from another federal regulator, as well the states, and maybe all of the above, according to Steven Frie and Mark Shannon, top servicer analysts at S&P Global Ratings. “It’s been pretty common knowledge that the CFPB has been very active in regards to regulating the mortgage servicing industry,” Frie said ...

August 28, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

Servicer Compliance Coming at the Expense of Borrower Satisfaction

In the age of the CFPB, mortgage servicers have been walking a tightrope, balancing regulatory compliance with borrower satisfaction, sometimes getting stung by an enforcement action. This year, they are falling behind the curve in terms of their customers, according to the results of the 2017 U.S. Primary Mortgage Servicing Satisfaction Study from J.D. Power. “CFPB servicing regulations now in place are resulting in intense scrutiny as well as major fines for some institutions during the first waves of enforcement,” the data, analytics and advisory services provider said. “With other state and federal agencies, such as the Department of Justice and state attorneys generals, also taking actions against mortgage servicers for servicing practices, many experts expect intense regulatory scrutiny to ...

August 18, 2017 - Inside FHA/VA Lending

Private MI Trade Group Urges CFPB To Establish Single QM Rule for All

The private mortgage insurance industry has called for harmonized qualified-mortgage standards to discourage potential arbitrage that might adversely affect consumers. In a comment letter, the U.S. Mortgage Insurers urged the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to assess whether the various QM standards established under the Dodd-Frank Act have created arbitrage opportunities to the detriment of consumers. The CFPB is about to begin a reevaluation of its ability-to-repay rule/QM rule. QM standards are different for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Banks than for FHA, VA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USMI said analysis should focus on the different treatment of points and fees and maximum borrower debt-to-income ratio among the various QM standards. The CFPB can address the calculation of points and fees under its ATR/QM rule by ...

August 14, 2017 - Inside the CFPB

CSBS Says ATR Hurts Community Banks, Pushes Portfolio Loan QM

The Conference of State Bank Supervisors told the CFPB that the ability-to-repay /qualified mortgage rule has negatively affected financial institutions that, because of their proximity to the local community, rely on more flexible underwriting and determination of ability to repay. “State regulators continue to support the principles that drive the ATR/QM rule, but have several recommendations to better tailor the rule commensurate to the community bank business model,” the CSBS said in its comment letter on the bureau’s proposal to begin assessing the rule. Citing Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. data, the regulators noted that since 2010, 1,173 community banks have either left the residential mortgage lending space or extensively restricted those business lines. Rural Lending is Suffering “Although this decline ...


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