Compliance

Compliance Q&A: CTRs

June 29, 2009
By Valerie Moss Q Can a credit union adopt a policy to disallow cash deposits and withdrawals of more than $10,000 per day to reduce the burden of filing Currency Transaction Reports (CTRs)?   A Yes. The Bank Secrecy Act doesn't prohibit limiting the dollar amount of transactions a credit... READ MORE

Four critical regulatory issues

June 24, 2009
Mary Dunn: Topping the regulatory agenda are regulatory restructuring, top-level changes at NCUA, examination issues, and corporate CU issues. CUNA Deputy Counsel Mary Dunn outlined four critical regulatory issues for credit unions during a morning breakout session Wednesday: 1. Regulatory restructuring. The proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency is a “glass... READ MORE

Get a Grip on Compliance

June 17, 2009
LEAD STORY Say goodbye to compliance worries with tools from two CUNA strategic alliance providers. Compliance software from Verafin Inc., St. John’s, Newfoundland, helps you comply with the Bank Secrecy Act, USA PATRIOT Act, and Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act red flag rules. TraceSecurity Compliance Manager™ from TraceSecurity, Baton... READ MORE

Cramdowns: CUs Not Out of the Woods

June 17, 2009
A Supreme Court decision leaves an open question on unsecured second mortgages. Michael McLain It’s unlikely Congress will reconsider cramdown legislation in the short term, following its defeat in the Senate this spring. Before breathing a sigh of relief, you might want to read the rest of this article. The... READ MORE

Rebate Nets $13.5 million

June 17, 2009
LEAD STORY Despite a local economy mired in recession, American 1 Federal Credit Union’s recent loan rebate promotion showed there’s room for loan growth in Michigan. The $163 million asset, Jackson-based credit union offered a loan rebate in April that will give members who financed a closed-end, secured loan half... READ MORE

CU Grassroots Sprout Thick

June 17, 2009
Recent Hill actions prove the CU voice is heard in Washington. Mark Wolff Credit unions are known in Washington, D.C., for the power of their grassroots-based political involvement. A significant portion of the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) advocacy efforts go to grassroots cultivation. There’s the Hike the Hill program... READ MORE

Midyear Reflection

June 17, 2009
The first six months saw great challenges. More will come. Daniel A. Mica It has been said that time has no divisions to mark its passage. It’s just us humans who bang a drum, shoot off some fireworks, or declare a holiday to celebrate the moment. So, here’s a very... READ MORE

Compliance Q&A: ID Theft Red Flags

May 28, 2009
By Valerie Moss Q Are credit unions required to provide member education as a part of their identity theft red flag programs?   A No. The regulation calls for staff training as necessary to implement the program. Even though member education isn't mentioned as a required program element, it’s still... READ MORE

TV Ads In the DVR Age

May 20, 2009
LEAD STORY Have hundreds of cable channels and the popularity of digital video recorders (DVR) rendered credit union television advertising obsolete? Nathan Tothrow doesn’t think so. “A lot of folks say TV advertising is dead because of DVR. But there’s not enough data to make that assertion,” says the vice... READ MORE

Focus on the 'Open' In Open-End Lending

May 20, 2009
Review your practices, policies, and procedures to determine if you want to continue to use multifeatured open-end lending as a primary consumer lending strategy. READ MORE

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#BSA #AML Examination Manuel Update released

On December 2nd the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) released the much anticipated revised Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML) Examination Manual. An update for this manual had not been released since 2010. The revisions clarify supervisory expectations and incorporate regulatory changes since the last update. Numerous revisions have been made throughout the manual. Sections […]

#FannieMae & #FreddieMac’s New Guidelines Aim to Make Mortgage Lending Easier

New guidelines from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac took effect this Monday, with the intent of relaxing lending standards for borrowers.  The new guidelines provide clarification on when lenders can be penalized for making mistakes in mortgages they sell to Fannie and Freddie.  Prior to the update, lenders  cautious of making a mistake kept strict standards […]

Proposed Changes to Mortgage Servicing Rules

On November 20th the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) proposed to amend several mortgage servicing rules under both Regulation Z and Regulation X. The proposed rule is 492 pages long and to date has not been thoroughly vetted. However, let’s take a look at some of the highlights: Successors in Interest: A successor in interest […]
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