CFPB Provides Guidance About Marketing Services Agreements

The CFPB issued a bulletin providing guidance to the mortgage industry regarding marketing services agreements. The bulletin offers an overview of the federal prohibition on mortgage kickbacks and referral fees, and describes examples from the Bureau’s enforcement experience as well as the risks faced by lenders entering into these agreements. During the course of supervising mortgage lenders and enforcing federal … Read More

Proposed Rule prohibiting arbitration clauses for group actions

The CFPB is considering proposing a rule that would ban consumer financial companies, including banks and credit unions, from clauses requiring arbitration, that are used to block class action lawsuits. The proposals under consideration would prohibit companies from blocking group lawsuits through the use of arbitration clauses in their contracts.  This would apply generally to the consumer financial products and … Read More

CFPB Readiness Guide for mortgage rule changes

The CFPB released an updated Readiness Guide that includes the October 3, 2015 effective date for the Know Before you Owe mortgage disclosure rule.  The update offers guidance on how to evaluate readiness for complying with the mortgage rules changes.  The guide includes a Readiness Questionnaire (beginning on page 10) to serve as a guide in preparing for the mortgage … Read More

Amendments relating to small creditors and rural or underserved areas under the Truth in Lending Act

The CFPB issued a final rule, Amendments Relating to Small Creditors and Rural or Underserved Areas under the Truth in Lending Act (Rule). The Rule revises the Regulation Z definitions of “small creditor” and “rural area,” and makes technical changes and clarifications to other sections of Regulation Z and the related commentary. The revised definitions will affect the availability of … Read More

NCUA Consumer Complaint Portal

On September 10, 2015 the NCUA released a complaint site on its Consumer Assistance Center portal located at Consumers are able to submit inquiries, complaints and additional documentation online through a secure portal. Consumers will also be able to check the status of their complaints. NCUA also implemented new complaint resolution procedures that improve and streamline how the agency … Read More

NCUA Civil Money Penalties Inflation Adjustment

The NCUA adjusted civil money penalties for violations within its jurisdiction to account for inflation. Federal agencies must adjust civil money penalties at least once every four years to account for inflation. Dates: Effective:  09/23/2015 Recommended Actions: The adjustment should not impact the operations of the credit union, but the credit union should be aware of the increase penalties for … Read More

Regulation Z Annual Loan Threshold Adjustments

Dates: Effective January 1, 2016 Summary: The CFPB announced the 2016 thresholds for Regulation Z provisions governed by the CARD Act, the Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act and the Dodd-Frank Act. Recommended Actions: Credit unions should review the new limits and incorporate them into their policies and procedures. Detailed Analysis: CARD Act Annual Adjustments: The safe harbor penalty fees … Read More

NMLS Renewal

The NMLS annual renewal period for MLOs is from November 1 to December 31.  Both the credit union and mortgage loan originators must renew during this period.  The NMLS provides this page with guidance on the renewal process and includes batch upload instructions for MLOs associated with the credit union.  If the credit union has merged with another institution during … Read More