Compliance

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

Conference Demystifies Fraud, Compliance Issues

October 15, 2009
The CUNA Supervisory Committee and Internal Audit Conference , scheduled for Dec. 6-9 in Las Vegas, will cover hot topics including mortgage market fraud, compliance issues, and identity theft. At the conference, E. Michael Thomas, executive in charge of Crowe Horwath LLP, will present "Mortgage Market Fraud and Its New... READ MORE

Turn Regulatory Lemons into Lending Lemonade

September 25, 2009
By Bill Klewin There’s much to be said about what massive changes to the regulatory landscape could bring to credit unions. To set the stage, we need to remember the changes we’re facing: * New rules regarding the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act ; * New Regulation Z (Truth-in-Lending) rules... READ MORE

Compliance Q&A: Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

September 25, 2009
By Valerie Moss Q How should credit unions apply the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act's (SCRA) 6% interest rate cap to new advances under an existing credit card or open-end home equity line of credit program?   A SCRA’s 6% interest-rate cap applies only to outstanding balances on loans taken out... READ MORE

Guilt by Proximity

September 23, 2009
James Collins Outrageous card practices begged for legislation. Question: What do you get when you lock a million monkeys in a room with a million typewriters and wait a million years? Answer: Lots of monkey poop. You might also get the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act of... READ MORE

Community Conference Is for All CUs

September 23, 2009
CUNA’s Community Credit Union &Growth Conference isn’t just for community credit unions. It’s for every credit union looking to capture membership potential. The conference, Oct. 21-24 in Las Vegas, will explore a diverse range of topics, including: • Community credit union best practices; • Reaching out to Hispanics; • Targeting generation Y; • Financial... READ MORE

CARD Act, Proposed CFPA Remain Major Concerns

September 23, 2009
Mary Dunn Serious issues with the 21-day rule persist. Whether financial reform can proceed in Congress is unclear. But one component of the Obama administration’s reform package that could advance is the proposal for the new Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA). While the prospects for Senate action on the proposed... READ MORE

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#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 […]

Elder Justice Site Launched

Whether it has become more common due to our aging society, or it is simply more prevalent in the news, elder abuse is receiving more attention as of late.  The Department of Justice felt that this topic was deserving of additional resources, and thus created an Elder Justice website. The website contains resources for victims […]
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