Research and reports

We study how consumers interact with financial products and services to help identify potential problems in the marketplace and achieve better outcomes for all. Review our reports and analyses to help inform your decisions, policies, and practices. And, see reports that we periodically prepare about the CFPB.

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Published Category: Supervisory Highlights

Supervisory Highlights: Summer 2017

In this issue of Supervisory Highlights, we report examination findings in the areas of auto finance lending; credit card account management; debt collection; deposits; mortgage servicing; mortgage origination; service providers; short-term, small-dollar lending; remittances; and fair lending. As in past editions, this report includes information about recent public enforcement actions that were a result, at least in part, of our supervisory work. The report also includes information on the Bureau’s use of its supervisory and enforcement authority, recently released examination procedures, and Bureau guidance.

Tools for saving: Using prepaid accounts to set aside funds

The CFPB released the results of a Project Catalyst research project finding that offering a small incentive to prepaid card users to put some of their money into a savings wallet doubled uptake of the wallet. The study also found that the consumers who chose to save using the wallet continued to save after the pilot ended.

Published Category: Consumer Complaint

Consumer Response: A snapshot of complaints received

We began accepting consumers’ credit card complaints on July 21, 2011 and we now accept complaints about mortgages, bank accounts and services, private student loans, other consumer loans, credit reporting, money transfers, debt collection, and payday loans.
Published Category: Industry and markets

White paper on payday loans and deposit advance products

During the past year, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has engaged in an indepth review of short-term small dollar loans, specifically payday loans extended by nondepository institutions and deposit advance products offered by a small, but growing, number of depository institutions to their deposit account customers.