Compliance

Look for Opportunities Behind Corporate Banter

March 30, 2009
Pam Finch NCUA’s corporate CU proposal liberates movement leaders to talk structure. When news of the National Credit Union Administration’s (NCUA) corporate stabilization plan broke, you almost could see the smoke rising from the network server housing the CUNA CFO Council e-mail list activity. The opinions and emotions of the... READ MORE

CUs Need Conflict of Interest Policies, Disclosures

March 30, 2009
Kathleen Thompson Take note of IRS Form 990’s new Part VI on nonprofit governance. A new Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requirement has focused attention on credit unions’ need for conflict of interest policies and annual disclosure processes for board members and senior staff to report possible conflicts. Review a sample... READ MORE

'We'll Get Through This Together'

March 27, 2009

CUNA President/CEO Dan Mica to GAC attendees: 'Our work as your trade association is focused on finding other alternatives...and mitigating the cost to CUs.'

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New Card Rules Spark Review

February 20, 2009
Michael McLain NCUA changes prohibit certain credit card practices for FCUs. The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), Office of Thrift Supervision, and Federal Reserve Board issued final rules in December 2008 to better protect credit card users. The rules prohibit certain unfair and deceptive acts or practices, and improve consumer... READ MORE

Steer Members From Fuelish Loans

February 20, 2009
LEAD STORY When gasoline prices surpassed $4 per gallon last summer, siphoning consumers’ discretionary income, some members of Holy Rosary Credit Union, Rochester, N.H., faced the prospect of borrowing money to pay home heating expenses when winter came. That didn’t sit well with Brian Hughes, president/CEO of the $135 million... READ MORE

Compliance Q&A: Electronic Disclosures

February 20, 2009
By Valerie Moss Q True or false: Credit unions must maintain electronic disclosures on their home banking Web sites for at least 90 days.   A False . The Federal Reserve Board eliminated this requirement because industry practice is to retain the information for much longer. The Fed also eliminated... READ MORE

Lender Liability Lawsuits on the Rise

February 20, 2009
By John Wallace Have you recently repossessed or foreclosed on any collateral? Have your delinquencies increased during the past 12 to 18 months? If so, these are signs your lender liability exposure has increased. Given today’s increasing foreclosures, repossessions and collections, lender liability lawsuits likely will continue to rise. In... READ MORE

Changing Course

February 18, 2009
David Klavitter The approach to advancing the CU legislative agenda may never be the same. Last November's election gave Democrats control of the White House and widened the party’s margins in both chambers of Congress. This alone is enough to alter the direction and tempo of Washington, D.C. But in... READ MORE

Top 10 Compliance Hotspots

February 18, 2009
CUNA’s Compliance Attorneys In addressing risks in 2009, review your CU’s compliance management structure. Compliance permeates every aspect of credit union operations: lending, collections, account opening and closing, marketing, investments, vendor relationships, employment, accounting, and governance. The list goes on. Some new and some never-ending compliance requirements are on the... READ MORE

Jump-Start SEG Business

January 23, 2009
LEAD STORY Community-chartered credit unions can benefit from select employee group (SEG) relationships as much as other credit unions. They just need to differentiate themselves from competitors and position themselves as a SEG benefit, says Ginger Salt, senior vice president of markets for $1.2 billion asset Truliant Federal Credit Union,... 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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