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05/12/2021

FDIC's 2021 risk review of banking system

The FDIC has published its 2021 Risk Review, a comprehensive summary of emerging risks in the U.S. banking system. The FDIC began reporting key banking sector risks in its Risk Review publication in 2019, and this year’s report expands coverage of key risks during a time of heightened uncertainty.

05/11/2021

Umpqua pays UDAP CMP for collection practices

Umpqua Bank, Roseburg, Oregon, has agreed to the FDIC's issuance of an order that the bank pay a civil money penalty of $1,800,000 following the FDIC's determination that "the Bank has engaged in violations of Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act (“Section 5”), 15 U.S.C. § 45(a)(1), in the commercial finance and leasing products issued by its wholly owned subsidiary, Financial Pacific Leasing, Inc. (FinPac), by engaging in deceptive and/or unfair practices related to certain collection fees and collection practices involving excessive or sequential calling, disclosure of debt information to nonborrowers, and failure to abide by requests to cease and desist continued collection calls."

The FDIC said that FinPac's collection fee practices were unfair and deceptive, because FinPac charged various undisclosed collection fees to borrowers whose accounts were past due, such as collection call and letter fees and third-party collection fees. The FDIC also said that FinPac engaged in excessive and sequential collection calls to customers, even when customers requested that FinPac stop these calls. FinPac also disclosed information about the customers’ debts to third parties. FinPac also advised borrowers FinPac would report delinquencies on commercial debt to the consumer reporting agencies, when its policy and practice was not to make such reports.

The FDIC's Order indicates that Umpqua Bank neither admitted nor denied any violation of law or regulations.

05/10/2021

Consumer credit increases

The Federal Reserve has released the March 2021 G.19 Consumer Credit Report, which shows that credit increased at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.1 percent during the first quarter. Revolving credit increased at an annual rate of 2.4 percent, while nonrevolving credit increased at an annual rate of 5.9 percent. In March, consumer credit increased at an annual rate of 7.4 percent.

05/10/2021

$21.6 billion more for rental assistance

Treasury, the White House American Rescue Plan Implementation Team, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, have announced the allocation of an additional $21.6 billion under the American Rescue Plan for emergency rental assistance, which will help prevent evictions and ensure basic housing security for millions of Americans impacted by the affordable housing challenges exacerbated by COVID-19. A Fact Sheet was released with the announcement.

05/10/2021

FEMA schedules community suspensions from flood program

FEMA has published [86 FR 24739] in the May 10, 2021, Federal Register a notice identifying communities in Colorado, Iowa, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania, that are scheduled for suspension from the National Flood Insurance Program on May 18, because of noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of the program, unless the community meets the required floodplain management measures prior to that date.

  • Colorado: Fort Morgan, Morgan County (unincorporated areas), and Otis
  • Iowa: Clermont, Elgin, Fayette, Fayette County (unincorporated areas), Maynard, Oelwein, Waucoma, and West Union
  • Oklahoma: Hammon (town) and Roger Mills County (unincorporated areas)
  • Pennsylvania: Barry, Eldred, Foster, Frackville, Grandville, Mahanoy, Middleport, Minersville, New Castle, North Union, Norwegian, Pottsville, Reilly, Schuykill, Shenandoah, Tower City, Tremont (Borough), Tremont (Township), Union, and Wayne

05/07/2021

FHFA RFI on short-term rental units

A Request for Input (RFI) has been issued by the Federal Housing Finance Agency on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's eligibility requirements for mortgages in condo, co-op, and planned unit development projects where a large portion of units are offered for short-term rental (30 days or less) or are used primarily for the purpose of vacation or recreational lodging. These projects are often informally referred to as "condotels" or resort condominiums. The information that FHFA is requesting through the RFI will help the agency determine whether changes or clarifications to Enterprise policies are necessary to ensure more accurate and consistent project eligibility assessments.

Comments should be submitted within 60 days of Federal Register publication, but no later than July 5, 2021.

05/06/2021

Victims of student loan debt relief scheme to receive refunds

The FTC is sending more than $273,500 in refunds to people who lost money to a student loan debt relief scheme that charged them illegal upfront fees and tricked them into believing their student loan payments would be permanently lowered or eliminated. A complaint filed by the Commission in September 2019 indicated Manhattan Beach Venture deceptively marketed payment relief and loan forgiveness programs to people looking for help with their student loans. Consumers were charged up to $1,400 in upfront fees and led to believe it went toward their student loans. MBV then funneled consumers into financing this fee through a high-interest loan with third-party lender Equitable Acceptance Corporation, another defendant in the scheme. The FTC is sending checks to 2,889 people, averaging about $95 each.

05/06/2021

Federal Reserve CRA ratings

The Federal Reserve Banks publicly released the Community Reinvestment Act evaluations of 21 state-chartered member banks in March and April. Eighteen of those banks received "Satisfactory" ratings. We congratulate the three banks that earned "Outstanding" ratings:

05/06/2021

COVID-19 challenges for mortgage borrowers

The CFPB has released two reports showing that more work needs to be done to help mortgage borrowers coping with the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn. "Characteristics of Mortgage Borrowers During the COVID-19 Pandemic" documents that Black and Hispanic mortgage borrowers are much more likely to be delinquent or in a forbearance program than white borrowers. In its May 2021 "Complaint Bulletin," the CFPB reports that overall mortgage complaints to the CFPB have risen to their highest level in three years and complaints mentioning forbearance or related terms have reached their highest average since March and April of 2020.

05/05/2021

PPP funds nearly depleted

The ABA Banking Journal has reported that the Paycheck Protection Program ran out of funding on Tuesday afternoon and has stopped accepting most new applications. About $8 billion is still available through a set-aside in the law for community financial institutions, and those institutions will be permitted to process applications until that money has been exhausted. Other lenders should be receiving a message through the SBA origination portal that loans are no longer available. Sources have also reported that funds remain for lenders to finish pending applications that are "on hold."

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