Compliance

Prepare for Overdraft Protection Rules

November 23, 2009
Valerie Y. Moss CUNA opposes legislation that could adversely affect CUs’ overdraft programs. Many credit unions offer overdraft (“bounce”) protection or “courtesy pay” programs to help members resolve short-term financial problems. These programs, when members use them appropriately, serve as a valuable alternative to overdrawing their share accounts. They can... READ MORE

Tweeters nearly double

November 23, 2009
Tweeters Nearly Double One-fifth (19%) of Internet users now use Twitter or another service to post or view status updates, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project. That’s up from 11% in December 2008 and April 2009. Three groups of Internet users are driving the growth of this... READ MORE

Anatomy of a 'Fix'

November 23, 2009
Daniel A. Mica How things get done in Washington—and who deserves the credit. This is a political story about how things get done in Washington—and who deserves the credit. It’s also a story about the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), the leagues, and credit unions—and how the credit union movement’s... READ MORE

Tackle the 500-Pound Gorilla That is Compliance

November 09, 2009
By Steve Gibbs Implementing and monitoring compliance programs can be a daunting task—a “500 pound gorilla,” if you will. Some of us have begun to recognize the “gorilla” and look it straight in the eye. However, as any trained animal handler will tell you, once you’ve looked a beast in... READ MORE

Compliance Q&A: Unauthorized EFTs

October 27, 2009
By Valerie Moss Q Does a credit union have to follow through on its investigation of an unauthorized electronic fund transfer (EFT) if the member withdraws the allegation?   A No. The credit union can discontinue its investigation if the member voluntarily withdraws the notice alleging an unauthorized EFT. The... READ MORE

CUs Dodge 'Warning' Bullet

October 23, 2009
Michael McLain The Fed limited a troublesome CARD Act provision to credit cards. Many credit unions have had difficulty complying with the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act of 2009. The requirement that a periodic statement be provided at least 21 days prior to a loan payment due... READ MORE

No Respite From RESPA

October 23, 2009
Nichole Seabron Take a proactive approach to consumer-friendly RESPA amendments. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the agency that administers the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), issued a final rule amending RESPA requirements. Changes become effective on Jan. 1, 2010. RESPA makes certain lenders provide disclosures to... READ MORE

Senior Scams

October 23, 2009
Seniors get fleeced out of billions of dollars every year—and most of it goes unreported. READ MORE

Interchange Fight: Less Visible, No Less Intense

October 23, 2009
Mark Wolff Both sides have powerful and committed constituencies. In Washington, it’s sometimes said that health-care reform is “sucking all the oxygen out of the room.” That suggests all other domestic issues are being shunted aside, which is not the case. Less visible, though still intense, political battles are raging... READ MORE

Foiling a Scam

October 23, 2009
Steve Rodgers Alert CU staff thought something was wrong, and it was. Bank of America didn’t catch it. Citibank didn’t catch it. Neither did Wells Fargo. As employees at those banks were busy processing withdrawals, Joe Gonzales was busy draining 82-year-old Jack Whittaker’s accounts. In little more than a year,... READ MORE

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#VISA #MasterCard Zero Liability Changes

As of October 17, 2014 both VISA and MasterCard will be changing their zero liability policies.  Although they have the same effective date, there are a few key differences to the policy changes: MasterCard Zero liability policy will be expanded to include PIN-based POS and ATM transactions (currently these transactions do not qualify for zero […]

#FinCEN smuggling & trafficking guidance

Detecting and reporting suspicious transactions is essential in the financial industry. FinCEN issued an advisory last week to help financial institutions identify “red flags” to assist with the identification and reporting of suspicious financial activities connected with human smuggling and trafficking. Detecting and reporting: Important observations when interacting with members and throughout the credit unions […]

SCRA: An Acronym You Need to Know

In May, the United States Department of Justice announced a $60 million settlement with student loan servicer Sallie Mae for alleged violations of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). As a result, the once seemingly forgotten 4th fair lending law now resumes its rightful place center stage. If it’s been awhile since your credit union’s […]
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