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SEC chief Mary Jo White has announced that she’ll be stepping down in early 2017—an expected move that nevertheless drives home the reality of the big changes ahead for the securities industry (and many others)....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Wells Fargo is well past the rain, the pouring, and even the flooding. So why not possible liability for its RMBS practices? As part of an SEC disclosure, the bank acknowledge that it’s “in discussion” with the RMBS Working...more

CFPB Approves Revised Uniform Residential Loan Application

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) has issued an official notice that the new Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Uniform Residential Loan Application (“URLA”) has been approved as being in compliance with the Equal Credit...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 10.4.16

The Journal gives us a closer look at Italy’s Monte dei Paschi—the world’s oldest bank (founded in 1472)—that’s deeply tied to Siena and that’s threatening to drag the whole of the region’s economy down with it if it fails,...more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2016 #2

Editor's Note - In this edition. The NYDFS proposed a cybersecurity regulation governing New York-chartered banks and insurance companies, the OCC released its bank supervision priorities in its annual supervision...more

N.Y. Moves Ahead with Proposed Cybersecurity Regulations for Financial Institutions

The New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) will require all institutions subject to NYDFS supervision to establish and maintain a cybersecurity program meeting "certain regulatory minimum standards." All financial...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.23.16

The 2d Circuit has refused the DOJ’s motion for reconsideration of the panel’s May decision overturning a jury verdict and accompanying $1.27 billion fine against Bank of America over its “Hustle” mortgage generation program....more

A New Solution to an Old Problem

Citizens in many countries the world over are plagued by an inability to record their land interests in a reliable and secure registry. Inefficiency, corruption and nepotism are rife, leaving countless people at risk of...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.5.16

The DOJ has asked the 2d Circuit to reconsider its May decision overturning the 2013 jury verdict (and subsequent $1.27 billion penalty) against Bank of America for fraud relating to its mortgage-generation HUSL program....more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.3.16

Look to Miami for the latest legal troubles for the country’s biggest banks. After most have finally put to bed the remnants of Great Recession RMBS litigation, a new tack by the city is looking to hold them responsible for...more

3 Takeaways (a Litigator’s Perspective) from CFPB Supervisory Highlights

The CFPB recently issued its newest edition of Supervisory Highlights Mortgage Serving Special Edition, Issue 11 (June 2016). From a litigator’s perspective, the Supervisory Highlights do more than summarize recent...more

Blockchain Basics: A Primer - Blockchain, the technology underlying the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, is poised to revolutionize how all...

You have probably heard of Bitcoin, a peer-to-peer, non-governmental currency. Bitcoin is the first money that is its own payment system. That is, no bank, money transmitter or intermediary of any kind is required to clear...more

Valuable Information Security Lessons from the Olympus Mortgage vs. Guaranteed Rate Case

Late last month a jury awarded Mount Olympus Mortgage Company (MOMC) more than $25 million for their claims against Guaranteed Rate (Guaranteed), which alleged Guaranteed along with other former employees of MOMC illegally...more

The Economist Frames the Argument Against Excessive Bank Regulation (somewhat unintentionally)

On March 26, 2016, The Economist published an article entitled “The Problem with Profits.” That article discussed the high profitability of U.S. firms and why that seemingly positive fact is actually harmful to the overall...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 3.10.16

The SEC’s been floating an idea that would require mutual funds “to increase their liquidity cushions to accommodate investors looking to leave in a hurry,” but the industry’s pushing back—hard—despite the recent Third Avenue...more

Sophisticated Email Scams Targeting the Real Estate Industry

A sophisticated (and effective) wire-fraud scam targeting real estate (and other) transactions is on the rise, and mostly occurring in the United States....more

Can New Beneficial Owner Identification Requirement for Cash-Only Real Estate Deals in Miami and New York City Be Avoided if...

Why it matters - After years of concern about money laundering through shell corporations, repeated legislative and regulatory efforts to gain more information on beneficial owners of entities involved in various types...more

German real estate: Risks and opportunities in a shifting landscape

How does the prevalence of home offices influence the development of new office space? What does Internet use mean to real estate investors? Which sectors will see the highest demand for investment?...more

CFPB engaged in process to allow public input on privacy questions under new HMDA rule

On January 11, Elena Babinecz, a CFPB attorney, spoke as part of a panel relating to the revised HMDA rule at the Winter Meeting of the Consumer Financial Services Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar...more

Financial Services Report, Winter 2015

BELTWAY - Finally Faster than Amazon Prime - The Federal Reserve Board recently announced that banks and other financial institutions that use its payments system will have to be able to process same-day...more

Big Data, Big Government – Big Trouble? A Hard Look at the Final HMDA Rule

If all goes according to plan, financial institutions will report over 250 million data points related to mortgage loan applications and originations in 2018. If the mortgage market returns to the high volumes seen in 2005,...more

Multi-State Mortgage Committee Issues Expectations for Use of Electronic Tools in State Examinations

On September 29, 2015, the Multi-State Mortgage Committee (MMC) and Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) issued an industry bulletin – Supervisory Expectations Regarding the Use of Electronic Examination Tools –...more

Information Security: MBA Whitepaper

Recently, the Mortgage Bankers Association released “The Basic Components of an Information Security Program,” for small and medium size companies in the mortgage industry that may not have the resources to stay well-informed...more

CFPB Studies Electronic Closings

In an age of online banking, e-vites, and digital media, the mortgage loan closing process sticks out as one of the few areas that remain primarily paper-driven. Mortgage loan closings, however, could be the next target of a...more

CFPB Publishes Results of eClosing Pilot Program

On August 5, the CFPB released a 90-page report summarizing the results of its eClosing pilot program, a research initiative launched in April 2014 to explore whether electronic closing processes offer measurable benefits to...more

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