Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Ability-to-Repay

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a United States federal agency established in 2010 as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The Agency is responsible for educating... more +
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a United States federal agency established in 2010 as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The Agency is responsible for educating consumers about financial products and services, enforcing federal consumer financial laws and studying trends in consumer financial markets.     less -
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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

FAST Act to Provide Regulatory Relief to Community Banks

On December 4, President Obama signed into law H.R. 22, the “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act” (FAST Act). Although a transportation bill on its surface, the bill also contains various provisions that are intended...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

CFPB Publishes Final Rule Amending Various Annual Dollar Threshold Adjustments

On September 21, the CFPB issued a final rule amending certain dollar thresholds for provisions implementing amendments in Regulation Z, which implements the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), under the CARD Act, HOEPA, and ATR/QM....more

CFPB Updates Regulation Z Thresholds

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) has updated the inflation-adjusted loan amounts applicable to the points and fees calculations under the CFPB’s Ability-to-Repay/Qualified Mortgage rule (“ATR/QM Rule”) and...more

CFPB issues final rule expanding definition of “small creditor” and “rural areas” under TILA

The CFPB has issued a final rule that revises the definitions of “small creditor” and “rural areas” under Regulation Z of the Truth in Lending Act (TILA). The final rule is effective January 1, 2016. We previously reported on...more

FDIC Revises Examination Procedures To Incorporate TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosures

The FDIC has revised its interagency examination procedures to reflect the requirements of the TILA/RESPA integrated disclosures (TRID) rule. The CFPB has issued a proposal to postpone the TRID rule’s effective date from...more

32 Democratic senators call for strong payday lending rules

A group of 32 Democratic U.S. senators sent a letter to Director Cordray last week regarding the CFPB’s efforts to address payday lending in which they urged him “to issue the strongest possible rules to end the damaging...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: CFPB Releases Spring 2015 Regulatory Agenda

On Friday, May 22, 2015, the CFPB released its Spring 2015 Rulemaking Agenda (Agenda), as mandated by the Regulatory Flexibility Act. These biannual agendas generally include details regarding rulemaking activity at the...more

Gavel to Gavel: Creative Compliance

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, together with subsequent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regulations, has established a responsibility for lenders to determine and document a borrower’s...more

CFPB Releases Proposed Rule for Payday ‘Debt Traps’

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced last week that it is considering a proposal aimed at payday lending, which will require lenders to take certain steps intended to increase consumers’ ability to...more

CFPB's Latest Supervisory Report Signals Enforcement Trends

The CFPB's most recent Supervisory Highlights report, which covers the second half of 2014, confirms that the bureau is continuing an aggressive focus on debt collection, overdraft fees, mortgage origination, fair lending and...more

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Prepares Proposals to Add Repay Ability, Other Requirements to Small-Dollar Lending...

How will the CFPB’s attempts to put an end to payday debt traps impact financial institutions and consumers? JS: If published as outlined, these proposals would impose all too familiar ability to repay requirements,...more

The CFPB Outlines an Approach to So-Called “Debt Trap” Products

At a field hearing in Richmond, Virginia on March 26, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) outlined the proposal it is considering to regulate payday lending. The proposal would cover short- and long-term payday...more

The CFPB’s contemplated payday/title/high-cost lending proposals: our thoughts on collection practice limits

This is the last of a series of blog posts in which we share our reactions to the CFPB’s contemplated proposals taking aim at payday (and other small-dollar, high-rate) loans (“Covered Loans”). In this blog post, we share our...more

Some issues for “longer-term” loans under the CFPB’s contemplated payday/title/high-cost lending proposals

In this blog post, we share our thoughts on the 36% “all-in” rate trigger and restrictions for loans considered to be “longer-term” under the CFPB’s contemplated proposals taking aim at payday (and other small-dollar,...more

CFPB announces proposals for limiting activities of payday lending market participants and other lenders: 6 questions answered

The CFPB has released proposals for a future payday loan rulemaking that will have a far-reaching impact on the $46 billion payday loan industry and on other markets. Under its proposals, the CFPB is offering industry...more

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