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'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

CFPB Seeks Comments on Consumer Credit Card Market

On Tuesday, March 17, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a “Request for Information Regarding Credit Card Market.” It follows the 2009 CARD Act’s requirement that the CFPB conduct a review of the...more

Director Cordray appears before House Financial Services

On Tuesday, March 3, CFPB Director Richard Cordray appeared before the House Financial Services Committee to answer questions regarding the Bureau’s Semi-Annual Report to Congress and the President, which it published on...more

Another study raises questions about possible CFPB payday loan limits

We recently wrote about two studies, one by Professor Ronald Mann and the other by Professor Jennifer Lewis Priestley, that cast serious doubt on the benefit to payday loan borrowers of an ability-to-repay requirement and...more

CFPB Proposes Eased Mortgage Restrictions on Smaller Financial Institutions

Why it matters - Seeking to reassure smaller financial institutions struggling to cope with regulatory changes in the mortgage industry, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed changes intended to...more

Studies question value of expected CFPB payday loan limits

The CFPB’s payday loan rulemaking was the subject of a NY Times article this past Sunday which has received considerable attention. According to the article, the CFPB will “soon release” its proposal which is expected to...more

FDIC Announces Video Series to Help Banks Comply with CFPB Mortgage Rules

On November 19, the FDIC announced its first in a series of three videos developed to assist bank employees in ensuring their mortgage lending practices comply with the Bureau Mortgage Rules. As noted in its press release,...more

CFPB Eases Some of the Requirements Under the Dodd-Frank Act Mortgage Rules

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) has issued a final rule easing some of the requirements on creditors under the Dodd-Frank Act mortgage rules. The most significant change for most creditors is the addition of...more

CFPB Finalizes Qualified Mortgage Points & Fees Cure

On October 22, the CFPB finalized targeted amendments to the Dodd-Frank Act mortgage rules that took effect in January 2014. The amendments include...more

HUD Issues Final Rule Eliminating ‘Post Payment’ Interest Charges, Preventing FHA Loans from Being Prohibited Next Year

On August 26, 2014, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a final rule to allow FHA-approved lenders to charge an FHA loan borrower interest only through the date the loan is prepaid. The final...more

CFPB Adjusts CARD Act, HOEPA, And Ability To Repay Thresholds

On August 14, the CFPB issued a final rule to re-calculate certain threshold amounts under Regulation Z. With respect to certain amounts under the CARD Act, effective January 1, 2015, the minimum interest charge disclosure...more

FNMA Survey Indicates QM Rules Lead to Increased Lender Costs

FannieMae has released a survey that indicates the CFPB’s Ability-to-Repay (“ATR”) and Qualified Mortgage (“QM”) rules will lead to increased lender costs. Specifically, most firms (74%) reported that they expect their...more

Loan Officers Say ATR/QM Rules Make Mortgage Approvals More Difficult

Around 34% of all loan officers responding to a Fed survey indicated the CFPB’s Ability-to-Repay and Qualified Mortgage Standards under the Truth in Lending Act (the ATR/QM rule) makes it more difficult to get conforming...more

Proposed Data Reporting Rule Issued

If you are looking for some light reading these last few weeks of summer, you might want to take a look at the recently released proposed rule regarding changes to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) also known as...more

Massachusetts Adds “Borrower’s Interest” Safe Harbor For QM Loans

Recently, the Massachusetts Division of Banks published final amendments to its regulation concerning documentation and determination of borrower’s interest to establish an additional safe harbor for any home loan that meets...more

CFPB Provides Guidance on Ability-To-Repay Rule Application to Assumptions of Residential Mortgage Loans

The CFPB recently provided guidance on the application of the Regulation Z ability-to-repay rule (Section 1026.43) to assumptions of residential mortgage loans for purposes of clarifying the application of the rule in cases...more

CFPB Clarifies Heirs, Divorcees and Estate Planning Transferees Are Not Subject to Ability-to-Repay Rules

The CFPB issued an interpretive rule to clarify that when a borrower dies, the name of the borrower’s heir generally may be added to the mortgage without triggering the Bureau’s Ability-to-Repay rule. This clarification will...more

Mortgage Lending Legal and Regulatory Highlights

In its spring edition of Supervisory Highlights, the CFPB cautions financial institutions of the increased risk of a fair lending violation for failing to maintain adequate policies and procedures to document exceptions to...more

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Implements 'Ability to Repay' Regulations for Covered Mortage Loans

It is a widely understood that loose underwriting standards and practices by some creditors – including their abject failure in some instances to confirm their borrowers’ ability to repay mortgage loans – contributed in...more

Utah Establishes Payday Loan Ability To Repay Requirements

On March 29, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed HB 127, which amends state law to require deferred deposit lenders, i.e. payday lenders, to assess a borrower’s ability to repay the loan “in the ordinary course, which may...more

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