Financial services companies would continue to make loans—and make money on the deals—if Congress decides to place a 36% interest rate cap on short-term loans, Richard Williams, president/CEO of the Essential Credit Union told a Senate committee Wednesday.
The House next week will consider a resolution that would rescind a Trump Administration rule by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency that credit union trade groups contend allows predatory online lenders to “rent” a bank to evade consumer protection laws. “In order to rein in predatory lenders and ‘rent-a-bank’ schemes, S.J. Res. 15 would overturn a rule by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and allow states once again to regulate these lenders and protect consumers,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) wrote in a letter to colleagues outlining the June House agenda. Republicans have
The National Credit Union Administration’s proposed Credit Union Service Organization rule would allow CUSOs to become predatory payday lenders that could make loans that far exceed the interest rate in the Federal Credit Union Act, consumer groups are warning.
Under current National Credit Union Administration rules, negative balances need to be resolved in 45 days. In December, the board approved a proposed rule that allows credit unions to establish their own specific time limits to resolve negative balances. Credit unions argue this is good for credit unions and their members, but consumer advocacy groups and NCUA Chairman Todd Harper are not convinced.
Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Senate Banking Chairman Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Senate Appropriations Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) have introduced legislation to create a $75 billion Homeowner Assistance Fund, designed to help homeowners hit by the coronavirus crisis. The fund is targeted to prevent avoidable foreclosures, evictions and utility shutoffs. Credit union trade groups are supportive.
Democratic members of the Senate Banking Committee and House Financial Services Committee have introduced legislation to extend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to cover financial institutions. While it won’t pass in this session, it may be an indicator of Democratic goals if they win a majority in both houses of Congress.
A Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposal to allow financial services providers and trade groups to apply for advisory opinions would help bring more certainty to the regulatory process, credit union trade groups said last week.
A coalition of consumer groups warned that the proposal would circumvent the regulatory process that is designed to protect consumers.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau this week agreed to extend the period for comments on how it can better enforce the Equal Credit Opportunity Act.
The original deadline was Oct. 2; the new deadline is Dec. 1.
Consumer Group Calls for Overdraft Moratorium During Pandemic; Affiliated Credit Union Only Offers Partial Waiver
Financial regulators, including the National Credit Union Administration, should “do the right thing” and prohibit banks and credit unions from charging any overdraft or insufficient fund fees during the pandemic, the Center for Responsible Lending said in a new report Wednesday.
But a credit union affiliated with the center is not following that recommendation and is only waiving insufficient fund fees for up to two items a month.