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08/13/2020

Fed issues Outstanding CRA rating

Our review of the Federal Reserve Board's Community Reinvestment Act Evaluations and Ratings Search page has revealed that the Federal Reserve Banks made public their ratings of five CRA evaluations in July. Four of the evaluations were rated "Satisfactory." Congratulations to Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, San Juan, on its "Outstanding" rating!

08/12/2020

Fed revises Municipal Liquidity Facility pricing

The Federal Reserve Board has announced revised pricing for its Municipal Liquidity Facility (MLF). The revised pricing reduces the interest rate spread on tax-exempt notes for each credit rating category by 50 basis points and reduces the amount by which the interest rate for taxable notes is adjusted relative to tax-exempt notes. The changes will ensure the MLF continues to provide an effective backstop to assist U.S. states and local governments as they weather the pandemic.

08/12/2020

CFPB adds Payday Lending Rule FAQs

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has posted several additional FAQs on compliance with the Payday Lending Rule. The FAQs are presented in three groups:

  • Covered loans (22 questions, with 7 added or updated)
  • Payment transfers (11 questions, with 3 added or updated)
  • Payment notices (1 question, which was added or updated)

    08/10/2020

    OCC CRA evaluation ratings released

    The OCC has released a list of 30 Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) performance evaluations that became public in July. The possible ratings are outstanding, satisfactory, needs to improve, and substantial noncompliance. Of the evaluations listed, 21 are rated satisfactory.

    We congratulate these nine institutions, which were rated outstanding:

    08/10/2020

    Consumer credit falls again in second quarter

    The Federal Reserve Board's G.19 data indicate that consumer credit decreased at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 6-3/4 percent during the second quarter of 2020. Revolving credit decreased at an annual rate of 31-3/4 percent, while nonrevolving credit increased at an annual rate of 2 percent. In June, revolving credit decreased at an annual rate of 2-3/4 percent, while nonrevolving credit increased at an annual rate of 4-1/4 percent.

    08/10/2020

    HUD physical inspections to resume

    Secretary Carson has announced HUD will resume Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) inspections of HUD multifamily and public housing properties and units under strict safety protocols during the national recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. REAC inspections are the assessment tool that ensures HUD-assisted properties meet federal standards of health, safety, and accessibility. The inspections were paused due to the Coronavirus outbreak in March of 2020.

    08/07/2020

    Consumer loan company pays $21.7M for FCPA violations

    The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced that World Acceptance Corporation, a South Carolina-based consumer loan company, has agreed to pay $21.7 million to resolve charges that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

    The SEC Order in the matter states the Commission found that from at least December 2010 through June 2017, World Acceptance Corporation’s former Mexican subsidiary, WAC de Mexico S.A. de C.V., paid more than $4 million in bribes to Mexican government officials and union officials to secure the ability to make loans to government employees and ensure that those loans were repaid in a timely manner. According to the order, WAC Mexico paid the bribes in a variety of ways, including by depositing money into bank accounts linked to the officials and by hiring an intermediary to distribute large bags of cash among the officials. The SEC found that the bribes were inaccurately recorded in World Acceptance Corporation’s books and records as legitimate business expenses. The order also states that World Acceptance Corporation lacked internal accounting controls sufficient to detect or prevent the payments of such bribes and that management lacked the appropriate tone at the top regarding internal audit and compliance, thereby undermining the effectiveness of those functions.

    The order requires that the company cease and desist from violating the anti-bribery, books and records, and internal controls provisions of the FCPA, and pay $17.826 million in disgorgement, $1.9 million in prejudgment interest, and a $2 million penalty.

    08/07/2020

    Update on Fed's COVID-19 lending facilities

    The Federal Reserve Board has released a report with an update concerning lending facilities established by the Board under section 13(3) of the Federal Reserve Act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    08/06/2020

    Flood Insurance Program suspensions published

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency has published a final rule at 85 FR 47673 in today's Federal Register identifying 21 communities in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, and one in Randolph County, Illinois, that were scheduled for suspension from the National Flood Insurance Program on August 5, 2020, for noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of the program.

    • PA: Benton, Blakely, Covington, Dalton, Dunmore, Elmhurst, Fell, Glenburn, Greenfield, Jefferson, Jessup, Mayfield, Newton, North Abington, Old Forge, Scott, Scranton, South Abington, Taylor, Throop, and Waverly
    • IL: Prairie du Rocher

    If any of the communities met the floodplain management requirements prior to August 5, they were not suspended.

    08/05/2020

    NMLS posts update to Policy Guidebook

    An updated version of the NMLS Policy Guidebook has been posted to the NMLS Resource Center and the Regulator Resource Center. A summary of the update indicates that there was a single change adding language stating that NMLS requires each entity under a series LLC to have its own unique EIN for licensing purposes.

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