American Banker: Mystery shoppers search for signs of discrimination in business lending

NCRC has secured a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to probe banks’ small-business lending practices. It follows a 2017 pilot study in which the group found that white shoppers posing as business owners were three times more likely to be invited for follow-up appointments than their black counterparts and twice as likely to be offered help in completing loan applications.

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Housing Wire: Did Mick Mulvaney just drastically change how the CFPB enforces fair lending laws?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau stripped the Office of Fair Lending of its enforcement powers. John Taylor, President and CEO of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition said, “I am appalled to see one of the most effective offices within the CFPB stripped of responsibility to stop redlining, predatory lending, and other discriminatory behavior by financial firms.”

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