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CUNA Comments on CFTC Swaps Clearing Exemption

Aug
24
CUNA Comments on CFTC Swaps Clearing Exemption

On Thursday, August 16, Credit Union National Association (CUNA) submitted a comment letter to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) regarding its proposal to provide a clearing exemption for certain swaps entered into by cooperatives.  Under the proposed exemption, the CFTC would permit cooperatives with $10 billion or more in assets to elect not to clear swaps in connection with originating loans for members or that hedge or mitigate

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Leagues & CUNA Seek Clarification on Low Income, State-Charted Credit Unions

Aug
24
Leagues & CUNA Seek Clarification on Low Income, State-Charted Credit Unions

The Missouri Credit Union League, with Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and other member leagues, are working to obtain further clarifications on the designation of low income state-chartered credit unions. The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) recently alerted about 1,000 federal credit unions on their eligibility for the low-income credit union designation.

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NACHA Releases Proposed ACH Rules

Aug
20
NACHA Releases Proposed ACH Rules

On Wednesday, August 15, NACHA - The Electronic Payments Association released three new proposed ACH rules that would modify the NACHA Operating Rules.  The first proposed rule would standardize the use of the ACH Network for person-to-person (P2P) payments, which are not currently addressed under the Operating Rules.  The second

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NACHA Expedited Processing and Settlement (EPS) Update

Aug
20
NACHA Expedited Processing and Settlement (EPS) Update

The Electronic Payments Association, known as NACHA, confirmed they will not proceed with the Expedited Processing and Settlement (EPS) proposal, after the balloting process at NACHA. The EPS proposal would have required a new premium same-day, network-wide service on the Automated Clearing House (ACH) network. 

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Joint Agencies Propose Rule on Appraisal Requirements for "Higher-Risk" Mortgage Loans

Aug
20
Joint Agencies Propose Rule on Appraisal Requirements for "Higher-Risk" Mortgage Loans

On the same day as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed its own rule on appraisals and valuations discussed above, the joint federal banking regulators, including National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) and the CFPB, proposed a separate rule concerning the appraisal requirements relating to “higher-risk” mortgage loans.  General comments on this rule are also due on October 15, 2012, and this rule is also required to be finalized by the agencies by January 21, 2013. 

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CFPB Proposed Rule on Appraisals & Valuations

Aug
20
CFPB Proposed Rule on Appraisals & Valuations

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed a new rule on appraisals and valuations.  General comments are due by October 15, 2012, and the CFPB is required to finalize the rule not later than January 21, 2013.  The proposed rule would amend Regulation B, which implements the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and would apply to applications for credit where the loan would be secured by a first lien on a dwelling. 

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NCUA Issues Legal Opinion Letter on MFL

Aug
20
NCUA Issues Legal Opinion Letter on MFL

National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) has issued a legal opinion letter (11-0620) again addressing multi-featured lending plans (MFL).  The letter reinforces earlier guidance from NCUA issued to federal credit unions in NCUA Letter (12-FCU-02, July 20, 2012). The legal opinion provides:

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Conversation with CFPB's Director Richard Cordray

Aug
20
Conversation with CFPB's Director Richard Cordray

Bill Cheney, president/CEO of Credit Union National Association (CUNA) discussed concerns about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) pending remittances rule and qualified mortgage proposal with CFPB Director Richard Cordray.

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"Finance Charge" Changes Under CFPB's RESPA/TILA Proposed Rule

Aug
06
"Finance Charge" Changes Under CFPB's RESPA/TILA Proposed Rule

As part of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) 1099-page proposed RESPA/TILA rule, the CFPB is proposing some significant changes to Section 1026.4 of Regulation Z which defines the “finance charge.”  Importantly, these proposed changes will result in a more inclusive finance charge, which, absent further action by the CFPB, will increase the number of closed-end mortga

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NCUA Letter to FCUs in the Works on Low-Income Designation

Aug
06
NCUA Letter to FCUs in the Works on Low-Income Designation

The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) will soon be sending letters to nearly 1,000 credit unions indicating they are eligible for low-income designation, a status whose benefits include the ability to accept supplemental capital and an exemption from the small business lending cap under certain circumstances, NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz told league presidents attending the Americ

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