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CFPB Hosting Symposium on 1071 Implementation
Nov 04, 2019

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on Wednesday will host a symposium on Section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Act and “will provide a public forum for the Bureau and the public to hear various perspectives on the small business lending marketplace and the Bureau’s upcoming implementation of Section 1071.”

AFSA Educates In-House Counsel on the TCPA
Nov 01, 2019

The American Financial Services Association participated in a session at the Association for Corporate Counsel’s annual meeting this week. The session, Call Me Maybe? The Financial Services’ Perspective on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, served to educate in-house counsel across all industry sectors about the latest trends, rules and considerations for communicating with customers, common violations, calls made to mobile phones, class actions, potential damages, company liability for third-party calls, particularly debt collectors, and other recent issues. The panel discussion was moderated by Prabir Chakrabarty, Vice President/Associate General Counsel with Mariner Finance.

WATCH | AFSA CEO Update, October 31, 2019
Oct 31, 2019

In this edition of the AFSA CEO Update, Bill Himpler speaks about the key issues we learned about at the AFSA Annual Meeting and about how the association is responding back in Washington.

Don’t Confuse Innovative Service with Irresponsible Payday Practices
Oct 31, 2019

Bloomberg recently highlighted the online “payday lending” marketplace. While Bloomberg portrayed the type of loans as “installment loans,” they are a business model that leverages today’s online consumer culture that is very different from traditional installment lending.

AFSA Comments on Texas Finance Code
Oct 30, 2019

AFSA’s State Government Affairs (SGA) team this week sent a comment letter to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in response to an opinion request from a state representative regarding the Texas Finance code. In the request, the representative asked the attorney general if a “credit services organization”, which is the state’s definition of payday and vehicle title lender, could extend forms of consumer credit beyond those explicitly authorized – namely deferred presentment or motor vehicle title loans. In the letter, AFSA strongly urged the attorney general to uphold the current interpretation of the Texas Finance Code, which maintains that credit services organizations should only be allowed to extend the forms of consumer credit that are explicitly authorized. Unlike credit services organizations, AFSA members are regulated and licensed by the Texas Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner. Altering the existing interpretation of the Texas Finance Code by allowing unregulated and unlicensed credit services organizations to extend other forms of consumer credit will open the door to an increase in predatory lending practices in Texas.

AFSA Supports NHTSA Drive to Modernize
Oct 29, 2019

The American Financial Services Association yesterday submitted a comment letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) voicing its strong support for a final rule allowing state adoption of electronic odometer disclosure systems. Odometer disclosure statements are tied to vehicle sale and transfer documents. State regulations have in the past required “wet” (i.e. handwritten) signatures as a means of preventing odometer fraud. Now, state policymakers will have the opportunity to put in place more flexible rules that allow for an electronic signature.

AFSA Announces New Board Leadership
Oct 24, 2019

The American Financial Services Association (AFSA) on yesterday announced that its Board of Directors elected a new chairman, chair-elect and vice chairman-treasurer for the next 12 months. The appointments were made at the close of the 2019 AFSA Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn.

LISTEN | Episode 2: Rex Ellison, President & CEO, Republic Finance & AFSAEF Chair
Oct 23, 2019

In this episode of the AFSA Extra Credit Podcast, we speak to Rex Ellison, President & CEO of Republic Finance and Chairman of the AFSA Education Foundation.

AFSA Comments on HUD Disparate Impact Proposed Rule
Oct 23, 2019

AFSA last week commented on the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) proposed rule amending its interpretation of the Fair Housing Act’s disparate impact standards. Specifically, HUDs proposed rule changes move to align the standard with the Supreme Court’s decision in Inclusive Communities.

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