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Data point: Mortgage trends
This Bureau Data Point article describes 2020 mortgage market activity and trends using data reported under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA).
Many states have adopted Community Reinvestment Acts similar in purpose and structure as to federal Community Reinvestment Act of 1977. These state laws were developed following the passage of the federal Community Reinvestment Act but contain differences that reflect the unique reinvestment priorities of individual states.
CFPB recently analyzed the NSF fee practices of a number of banks and credit unions, finding that most large earners of NSF fee revenue have eliminated these fees, saving consumers nearly $2 billion annually.
Many financial institutions are using advanced technologies to deploy customer service chatbots. Poorly designed chatbots can lead to customer frustration, reduced trust, and even violations under the law.
Payment apps that allow consumers and businesses to quickly send and send money also often provide the ability for users to store those funds. Funds stored on these platforms often lack deposit insurance coverage and are at risk of loss in the event of financial distress or failure of the entity operating the payment platform.
CFPB Office of Competition and Innovation and Office of Markets
Overdraft/NSF revenue for the fourth quarter of 2022 alone was approximately $1.5 billion lower than in the fourth quarter of 2019 – a decrease of 48% compared to before the pandemic, suggesting an annual reduction of over $5.5 billion going forward. This decrease suggests average annual savings of more than $150 per household that incurs overdraft or NSF fees; many households have saved much more.
In this special issue of Supervisory Highlights, we report examination findings in the areas of consumer reporting and furnishing of information to consumer reporting companies, pursuant to the Fair Credit Reporting Act and Regulation V. The report does not impose any new or different legal requirements, and all violations described in the report are based only on those specific facts and circumstances noted during those examinations.
This report on the Bureau’s September 17th, 2018 Building a Bridge to Credit Visibility Symposium summarizes the panel discussions that took place during the event and highlights the key themes that stood out from those conversations.