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NYDFS, American Bankers Association Weigh In On OCC Fintech Charter Proposal

The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) has come out strongly against an Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) proposal to grant national bank charters to financial technology (fintech)...more

FDIC Developing Guidance on Risks For Banks Lending Through Third Parties

New guidance being developed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to address risks associated with banks making loans through third parties could significantly impact marketplace lending, private label credit...more

FDIC Highlights Marketplace Lending Risks for Bank Partners

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's (FDIC) publication of an article highlighting the risks for banks that partner with marketplace lenders further underscores the focus of federal regulators on marketplace lending....more

FDIC Eases Stance on Bank Relationships with ‘Risky’ Businesses - But Not the Time for Complacency on Compliance

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has issued a “Statement on Providing Banking Services” in which it “encourages institutions to take a risk-based approach in assessing individual customer relationships rather...more

2/2/2015  /  Banking Sector , Banks , FDIC , New Guidance , TPPPs

CFPB releases more overdraft program data as a prelude to likely rulemaking

The CFPB moved closer to likely rulemaking on overdraft programs with the release late last week of a new report entitled “Data Point: Checking account overdraft.” The report is based on account-level and...more

FDIC Withdraws List of ‘Risky’ Businesses

In an unexpected move earlier this week, the FDIC issued a Financial Institution Letter (FIL) announcing that it was withdrawing the list of “risky” merchant categories that was included in prior guidance on account...more

FDIC withdraws list of “risky” businesses alleged to be targeted in “Operation Choke Point”

In an unexpected move earlier this week, the FDIC issued a Financial Institution Letter announcing that it was withdrawing the list of “risky” merchant categories that was included in prior guidance on account relationships...more

‘Operation Choke Point’ under Fire

"Operation Choke Point," the coordinated multiagency federal effort to choke off banking services to alleged fraudsters (according to its defenders) or politically unpopular industries (according to its detractors), has come...more

OCC and FDIC Follow Through on Threat To Kill Deposit Advance Loans

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) have carried out their threats in their proposed guidance to kill deposit advance loans. On November 21, 2013, the two...more

12/2/2013  /  Banks , Deposit Advances , FDIC , Loans , OCC

FDIC Clarifies Position on Bank Payment Processing for Payday Lenders and High-Risk Merchants

Last week, the FDIC issued the latest in a series of Financial Institutions Letters dating back to 2008 on the subject of banks managing third-party risk. This most recent FIL deals with payment processing for third-party...more

10/3/2013  /  Banks , FDIC , Payday Loans

Elizabeth Warren and Bill Nelson support OCC and FDIC on deposit advances

A friend brought to my attention a two-page comment letter from Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bill Nelson, commenting on the OCC’s proposed deposit advance guidance, the subject of a prior blog....more

A bit of balance from a consumer advocate

Jeff Sovern and I come at most issues from different sides of the street but I want to credit him for the open mind he showed in his recent blog post on deposit advance loans....more

6/26/2013  /  Borrowers , CFPB , Deposit Advances , FDIC , OCC , Payday Loans

FTC Charges Payment Processor with ‘Assisting and Facilitating’ Debt Relief Scam

The Federal Trade Commission recently brought an enforcement action against a company that processed credit card payments for the operator of an alleged debt relief telemarketing scam. This action serves as a reminder to...more

Further comment on payday lending and deposit advances

As suggested by prior blog posts, I am no fan of the direction the CFPB, OCC and FDIC seem to be going with respect to payday and deposit advance loans. ...more

5/31/2013  /  CFPB , Deposit Advances , FDIC , OCC , Payday Loans

OCC and FDIC proposed guidance could effectively ban deposit advance loans

Last Thursday, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation proposed guidance on deposit advance loans. The Federal Reserve Board declined to join the OCC and FDIC and instead...more

The shoes are dropping: CFPB study of payday and deposit advance loans precedes reported OCC/FDIC action against deposit advance...

Earlier today, the CFPB released a white paper reporting on its study of 15,000,000 storefront payday loans and 100,000 accounts eligible for deposit advances (of which approximately 15% involved a deposit advance during the...more

4/25/2013  /  CFPB , Deposit Advances , FDIC , OCC , Payday Loans
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