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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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Category: Supervisory Highlights |
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Supervisory Highlights, Issue 28, Fall 2022

This is the 28th edition of Supervisory Highlights. The findings in this report cover examinations in the areas of auto servicing, consumer reporting, credit card account management, debt collection, deposits, mortgage origination, mortgage servicing and payday lending completed between January 1, 2022, and June 31, 2022.

Category: Industry and markets |
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Consumer Use of State Payday Loan Extended Payment Plans

This report examines state payday loan extended payment plans, an intervention allowing consumers to repay their payday loans in no-cost installments. It finds that despite the prevalence of state laws providing for these plans, rollover and default rates consistently exceed extended payment plan usage rates.

Category: Supervisory Highlights |
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Supervisory Highlights, Issue 25, Fall 2021

This is the 25th edition of Supervisory Highlights. The findings included in this report cover examinations completed between January 2021 and June 2021 in the areas of credit card account management, debt collection, deposits, fair lending, mortgage servicing, payday lending, prepaid accounts, and remittance transfers.

Category: Supervisory Highlights |
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Supervisory Highlights, Issue 24, Summer 2021

This is the 24th edition of Supervisory Highlights. The findings included in this report cover examinations in the areas of auto servicing, consumer reporting, debt collection, deposits, fair lending, mortgage origination, mortgage servicing, payday lending, private education loan origination and student loan servicing that were completed between January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.

Category: Supervisory Highlights |
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Supervisory Highlights, Issue No. 21 (Winter 2020)

In this issue of Supervisory Highlights, we report examination findings in the areas of debt collection, mortgage servicing, payday lending, and student loan servicing that were completed between April 2019 and August 2019. 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.

Category: Supervisory Highlights |
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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.

Category: Office of Research Publication |
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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.

Category: Office of Research Publication |
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Online Payday Loan Payments

This report provides detailed analyses on the payment practices of online lenders making high-cost, short-term loans online, with an emphasis on outcomes after payment requests fail.

Category: Consumer complaint |
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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.
Category: Industry and markets |
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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.