Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Ability-to-Repay

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CFPB Releases Proposed Regulation of Payday Loans

In a long anticipated move, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed a rule to regulate so-called "debt traps" by requiring lenders to take additional steps to ensure consumers have the ability to repay...more

CFPB publishes annual CARD Act, HOEPA and QM adjustments, corrects 2016 error

The CFPB has published a final rule regarding various annual adjustments it is required to make under provisions of Regulation Z (TILA) that implement the CARD Act, HOEPA, and the ability to repay/qualified mortgage...more

High-Cost Lending at Risk Under CFPB Proposed Rules

The proposed rule raises troubling issues regarding the impact on some traditional bank products as well as some marketplace lending products. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) released its...more

CFPB Proposes Rule on Small Dollar Lending

On June 2, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) released its proposed rule on small dollar lending during its scheduled field hearing in Kansas City, Missouri. The controversial proposed rule will affect...more

Short-Term Lenders Face Costly Path To Compliance

On June 2, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released its long-anticipated notice of proposed rulemaking on short-term consumer lending. The proposed rule follows the CFPB’s March 2015 release of an outline of...more

House appropriations bill amendment would delay enforcement of CFPB payday loan rule

According to a Politico report, the House Appropriations Committee has advanced a bipartisan amendment to the FY17 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill that would block the CFPB from enforcing a rule...more

CFPB Proposed Rules Address Payday Loans and Impose New Customer Diligence Requirements

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) last week announced long-awaited proposed rules governing payday loans and other high-cost credit products, including that lenders must take steps to ensure prospective...more

CFPB Seeks to Expand Its Dominion Over Consumer Lending with Strict Proposed Rules

On June 2, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a long-anticipated proposal pursuant to its authority under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to regulate the provision and...more

The New CFPB Payday Lending Rules: An Early Analysis

Last week the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau ("CFPB") released its long-awaited proposed rulemaking to regulate payday, auto title and certain high-cost installment loans ("covered loans"). The stated purpose of the...more

Why Banks Should Pay Attention to the Payday Rule

Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed regulations that, if implemented, will reshape the small-dollar lending environment. At the same time, bankers and purchase-money lenders exhaled a collective sigh...more

The CFPB Proposes Ambitious Payday Lending Regulations

On June 2, 2016, the CFPB released its long-awaited proposed regulations for payday loans, vehicle title and certain high-cost installment loans. Comments on the proposed rules must be received on or before September 14,...more

Payday Loans Under Attack: The CFPB's New Rule Could Dramatically Affect High-Cost, Short-Term Lending

On June 2, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB” or “Bureau”) proposed a new rule under its authority to supervise and regulate certain payday, auto title, and other high-cost installment loans (the “Proposed...more

CFPB’s Proposed Payday Rules Eerily Reminiscent of Mortgage Reform

This week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed a long-awaited rule on payday, vehicle title, and certain high-cost installment loans – collectively. The proposed rule is open for comment through September...more

CFPB issues proposed payday/auto title/high-rate installment loan rule

As expected, the CFPB issued its proposed payday loan rule, in a release running 1,334 pages. The CFPB also issued a fact sheet summarizing the proposal. Once we complete our initial review of the proposal, we will issue a...more

Top 10 Financial Institution Considerations for 2016: #8 – Ability to Repay

In our initial article announcing our top 10 considerations for financial institutions in 2016, our eighth consideration was the Ability to Repay rules. This is another of the areas the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau...more

CFPB Amends ATR/QM Rule to Implement HELP Act

On March 22, 2016, the CFPB issued an Interim Final Rule (the “IFR”) amending the ability-to-repay (“ATR”) and qualified mortgage (“QM”) provisions of Regulation Z. The IFR, which implements a portion of the Helping Expand...more

CFPB Issues Second Rule to Implement the HELP Act, Expanding Qualified Mortgage Coverage for Lenders in Rural and Underserved...

As we have addressed, Congress passed the Helping Expand Lending Practices in Rural Communities Act of 2015 (HELP Act) on December 4, 2015, in efforts to expand the designation of additional areas as being "rural" under...more

CFPB issues second rule to implement the HELP Act, expanding Qualified Mortgage coverage for lenders lending in rural and...

As we have addressed, Congress passed the Helping Expand Lending Practices in Rural Communities Act of 2015 (HELP Act) on December 4, 2015, in efforts to expand the designation of additional areas as being “rural” under...more

CFPB Signals No Change in Course Is Likely on Its Short-Term Lending Proposal

On February 23, 2016, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) Director Richard Cordray signaled that the Bureau’s anticipated rulemaking on short-term lending is likely to closely resemble its March 2015 “Outline of...more

Director Cordray reveals no change in CFPB’s approach to payday loans

In remarks earlier this week to the National Credit Union Association, Director Cordray discussed the proposals the CFPB is considering for small dollar loans. In March 2015, in anticipation of convening a SBREFA panel, the...more

What’s Next for the CFPB? Requirements for Short-Term Loans

Earlier this month, the CFPB Acting Deputy Director David Silberman provided written testimony before the House Committee on Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit. Silberman explained...more

CFPB Outlines Exam Priorities for 2016

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) deputy assistant director for origination recently warned mortgage lenders of the four main examination priorities for 2016—loan originator compensation plans, the...more

First Round of ATR Cases Goes to Banks

The CFPB’s ability-to-repay (ATR) rule became effective in January 2014. It requires mortgage lenders to determine during underwriting that a borrower has a reasonable ability to repay a loan according to its terms. ...more

CFPB Finalizes Rule to Ease Rules for Small Creditors

On September 21, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) finalized several changes to its mortgage rules to increase the number of financial institutions able to offer certain types of mortgages in rural and...more

CFPB Issues Rule on Mortgage Guidelines for Special Classes of Creditors

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) this week issued a final rule making a series of changes to its mortgage guidelines for small creditors and creditors in rural and underserved communities....more

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