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02/13/2020

NMLS Ombudsman meeting agenda

The agenda for the NMLS Ombudsman Meeting has been posted on the NMLS Resource Center. The meeting will be held Thursday, February 20, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT in Continental 4-5 (Ballroom Level) at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, during the 2020 NMLS Annual Conference & Training.

02/13/2020

NY Fed announcement on SOFR averages and index

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has issued an Operating Policy Statement regarding publication of Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) averages and a SOFR Index. Publication of 30-, 90-, and 180-day SOFR Averages as well as a SOFR Index will begin March 2, 2020, in order to support a successful transition away from U.S. dollar (USD) LIBOR. The new SOFR Averages will be referred to as “30-day Average SOFR”, “90-day Average SOFR” and “180-day Average SOFR.”

The statement revealed the calculation method to be used to determine the SOFR averages and index and illustrated how they will appear on a dedicated page on the NY Fed's website when published.

02/11/2020

2021 HUD budget proposed

President Trump yesterday announced the release of the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget, “A Budget for America’s Future.” The FY21 budget seeks to provide the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with $47.9 billion in funding to assist the fight to end homelessness, boost the promotion of healthy homes, and help America’s low-income families pay rent.

02/10/2020

Fed releases Consumer Credit data

The Federal Reserve Board has released its G.19 data on Consumer Credit for the month of December 2019. In 2019, consumer credit increased 4-3/4 percent, with revolving and nonrevolving credit increasing 4-1/4 percent and 4-3/4 percent, respectively. Consumer credit increased at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5 percent in the fourth quarter and at a rate of 6-1/4 percent in December.

02/10/2020

$51M for homes for low-income seniors

HUD has announced its award of $51 million in housing assistance to non-profit organizations across the country to finance more affordable housing construction, provide rental assistance, and facilitate supportive services delivery for very low-income seniors.

02/07/2020

Kraninger signals CFPB plans

In oral and written testimony given yesterday before the House Financial Services Committee, CFPB Director Kathleen Kraninger reported that the Bureau plans to move away from the 43 percent debt-to-income ratio requirement in the qualified mortgage rule, and will propose an alternative such as pricing thresholds to better ensure that responsible, affordable mortgage credit remains available for consumers. The Bureau expects to issue a proposal on changes to the QM rule in May 2020.

Kraninger reported that the Bureau is evaluating comments received on its proposal to rescind the underwriting portions of its Payday Lending rule. She also reported progress on the Bureau's evaluation of comments relating to the EGRRCPA requirement that the Bureau prescribe regulations under the Truth in Lending Act for residential property assessed clean energy (PACE) loans. Also under review are approximately 100 comments received on the Bureau's proposed amendments to the Remittance Rule (subpart B of Regulation E), and comments on the Bureau's proposed rule to implement the requirements applicable to debit collectors under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

02/07/2020

2020 hypothetical stress test scenarios released

The Federal Reserve and the OCC have released the hypothetical scenarios for the 2020 stress test exercises, which ensure that large banks have adequate capital and processes so that they can continue lending to households and businesses, even during a severe recession. The harshest scenario includes a severe global recession with heightened stresses in corporate debt markets and commercial real estate, and for banks with large trading operations, additional pressure on leveraged loans.

02/07/2020

Virginia bank pays flood penalty

The Federal Reserve Board has announced the assessment of a $9,500 civil money penalty against the Farmers and Merchants Bank of Craig County, New Castle, Virginia, for unspecified violations of the National Flood Insurance Act.

02/07/2020

2020 national illicit finance strategy announced

Treasury has issued the 2020 National Strategy for Combating Terrorist and Other Illicit Financing, which provides a roadmap to modernize the U.S. anti-money laundering/countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) regime to make it more effective and efficient. The strategy identifies key threats, vulnerabilities, and priorities for disrupting and preventing illicit finance activities within and transiting the U.S. financial system, and builds upon and updates the 2018 National Strategy for Combating Terrorist and Other Illicit Financing, pursuant to the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017 (CAATSA).

02/07/2020

Additional HUD funding for public housing authorities

HUD Secretary Ben Carson has announced an additional $258,606 in funding for HUD's new Foster Youth to Independence Initiative. Seven housing authorities will receive this funding, continuing HUD's efforts to assist young adults transitioning out of foster care and who are at risk of homelessness.

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