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Fair Lending, Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity: The CFPB ECOA Rule
Apr 05, 2021

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued an interpretive rule clarifying that prohibitions on sex discrimination in the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) include discrimination relating to sexual orientation and gender identity. Our speakers will discuss this rule and steps that financial institutions should take to ensure compliance. The discussion will be moderated by Philip Bohi, […]

New Study Finds MoneySKILL Leads to 60% Increase in Financial Knowledge
Apr 05, 2021

New research released today by the American Financial Services Association Education Foundation (AFSA Education Foundation) reveals that MoneySKILL — a free financial education program primarily for middle school through college students — is improving money management behaviors in youths. Educators across the country will use the program throughout April to recognize Financial Literacy Month and share success […]

AFSA Officially Launches D&I Working Group
Apr 02, 2021

AFSA is pleased to announce the official formation of our Diversity and Inclusion Working Group. Prabir Chakrabarty with Mariner Finance is serving as the Chair and Kristen Miller with Global Lending Services is the Vice Chair. All AFSA members and business partners are welcome to join. Please email Celia Winslow ( if you’re interested. The mission statement […]

Premier Partner Highlight: Fortegra
Apr 01, 2021

Premier Partners provide the American Financial Services Association with significant support to ensure the success of not only the association, but the entire consumer-finance industry. We asked the Fortegra team, AFSA’s April 2021 Premier Partner, to provide insight into the industry and their AFSA membership. What are your financial services clients telling you are their biggest challenges […]

National Association of Loan Sharks Endorses State Credit Rate Caps
Apr 01, 2021

When it comes to federal or state policymakers imposing cruel and unfair interest rate caps on consumer credit loans, it’s no joke. Consumers – particularly those most in need of small dollar loans – are harmed. They are forced to turn to the very unsavory lenders policymakers and consumer “watch dogs” claim to be focusing […]

Politics & Policy: The Fed & State Download
Mar 30, 2021

Join AFSA’s Public Policy leaders at our 2021 Independents Conference & Expo for their session, “Politics & Policy: The Fed and State Download.” Danielle & Celia will drill down on what’s happening in Washington and in state capitals around the nation.   REGISTER TODAY

Come to be Informed…Stay to be Inspired
Mar 25, 2021

Join three-time All-American wrestler Anthony Robles, AFSA’s 2021 Independents Conference & Expo Champions Club speaker. Robles won the 2010-11 NCAA wrestling championship in the 125-pound weight class despite being born with only one leg. A graduate of Arizona State University, he was also awarded the 2011 NCAA “Best Wrestler of the National Tournament Award,” and is in the […]

Fed Chairman Indicates Consumer Banking Not in the Offing
Mar 25, 2021

Last year, during a time when the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) saw its delivery times, and other efficiency metrics collapse, policymakers in Washington kept pushing the idea of having the USPS offer small dollar loans and perhaps even bank accounts to consumers and the under-banked. Given the challenges of doing its core functions well, its […]

L. Jean Noonan to Join AFSA on the Gold Coast
Mar 25, 2021

AFSA is pleased to announce L. Jean Noonan, former head of the FTC’s enforcement division and longtime leader in the consumer credit industry, as a keynote speaker at the 2021 Independents Conference & Expo. Noonan is a partner at Hudson Cookwhere she advises clients on consumer financial services, fair lending, marketing, financial privacy, and consumer protection matters. She is a former […]

American Rescue Plan Includes Additional Tax Credits
Mar 25, 2021

The American Rescue Plan (ARP), which was signed by President Biden on March 11, has two additional tax credits that may me of interest to AFSA members. Employee Retention Credit The ARP includes an extension of the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) through December 31, 2021. Originated in the CARES Act, the ERTC encourages businesses […]

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