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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.

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.”

Next City: “Mystery Shopper” Experiment Reveals Racial Gap in Small Business Lending

Earlier this year, in a large metropolitan area of the eastern United States, two men walked into the same bank branch on the same day, each at different times of the day.

They each came in with nearly identical business backgrounds and strong credit histories, and they each asked about a small business loan of $60,000-$70,000 to expand their business and to possibly hire a part-time employee. There were some key differences, like each man’s name and their company names — and their race.

Politico: Cordray to resign from CFPB, clouding future of watchdog agency

Cordray’s departure kicks off a high-stakes scramble to secure the future of the CFPB, a powerful Washington regulator that has cheered consumers and angered businesses as well as Republicans, who have accused it of overreaching. The independent bureau is the only bank regulator not led by a Trump appointee.

Next City: Three U.S. Banks Make $20 Billion Community Reinvestment Promise

Three banks in three different regions collectively promised nearly $20 billion in home mortgages, small business loans, community development financing, and charitable contributions, as part of negotiations that included hundreds of community-based organizations in each region that were completed over the past month.