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AFSA Dials Up FCC Engagement on Robocalls
Aug 29, 2019

AFSA this week submitted a comment letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on its Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on methods to eliminate illegal robocalls. The association’s comment letter reinforced an earlier multi-trade comment letter that encouraged the FCC to not implement policies that could block legitimate, time-sensitive phone calls.

Mitigating risks with F&I aftermarket products and cancellations
Aug 28, 2019

With 25% of aftermarket products cancelled before loan terms end, and 46 states mandating lenders process refunds in a timely and accurate manner, what are you doing to stay compliant?

AFSA Comment Letter Expresses Concern on Nevada Law
Aug 27, 2019

AFSA’s State Government Affairs team sent a letter to the Commissioner of the Nevada Financial Institutions Division on SB 311 as a follow up to an in-person meeting with the division on August 22nd. Effective October 1, SB 311 would require creditors to deem an applicant with no credit history to have identical credit history to a spouse’s or former spouse’s credit established during a marriage. While AFSA supports measures that responsibly expand consumers’ ability to access appropriate credit, AFSA expressed concern that provisions of SB 311 appear to be legally unworkable as both the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) preempt state law. In the letter, AFSA requested that the commissioner issue a notice of non-enforcement and seek an opinion from the Attorney General on the preemption issues raised by the law.

AFSA IT Maintenance August 28th
Aug 22, 2019

AFSA will be making important IT infrastructure upgrades beginning at 6:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, August 28. The AFSA website and social media accounts will not be impacted. However, AFSA staff will have intermittent access to their workstations and email accounts while the upgrades take place. We expect to complete the process by Noon on the 28th.

AFSA Welcomes Jason Riley at Annual Meeting
Aug 21, 2019

The AFSA Annual Meeting is right around the corner, and we are pleased to announce that The Wall Street Journal‘s Jason Riley will be a keynote speaker to our attendees.

Delaware State Fund Highlights Importance of Financial Education
Aug 21, 2019

The Delaware Bank Commissioner this week will award $340,000 to schools, non-profits, and community organizations to fund financial literacy courses, according to a report from Delaware Public Media. The state last distributed financial-literacy grants, which are funded via revenue from a license fee on businesses that extend high-cost payday and car title loans dollars, in 2017.

Back to School with AFSA Webinars
Aug 19, 2019

As the summer winds down and kids head back to school, it's a great time to reengage on the issues and opportunities facing the consumer credit industry. AFSA webinars are a great way to jump back in and get informed. Complimentary to AFSA members, the AFSA webinar program allows industry experts to share timely, educational topics directly with AFSA members. The webinars are designed to provide information that will allow AFSA members to more effectively design, develop and implement strategies for their company's success.

Federal Housing Finance Agency Releases Credit Score Model Rule
Aug 16, 2019

On August 13, 2019 the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released a final credit score rule for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the GSEs). This rule implements requirement that were enacted as part of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act of 2018. The rule establishes the processes and standards that the GSEs will use in evaluating third-party credit scoring models. The evaluation of credit-score models will include the following four phases:

Policymakers move to protect servicemembers
Aug 15, 2019

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Arkansas attorney general’s recent settlement with Andrew Gamber and the three companies he owned and operated – Voyager Financial Group LLC, BAIC Inc. and SoBell Corp. – highlights the challenges military servicemembers and veterans face when seeking credit or financial services.

WSJ article outlines danger of debt “settlement” companies
Aug 15, 2019

Last week, The Wall Street Journal published an article (may be behind the paywall) entitled “That Offer to Make You Debt-Free? It Can Make You Worse Off.” The piece detailed the unethical practices that the debt-settlement industry uses to “get the consumer’s guard down.” These practices include offering a loan via pre-screened mailer without the intention of actually extending credit. The loan offers were used to entice consumers to sign up for a costly debt settlement program that would ultimately harm the consumer’s financial well-being.

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