Small business lending data is the iceberg in our economic ocean

In September 2018, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) released the results of a survey of 1,200 banks on small business lending in America. It found that small business lending is threatened by the decline of smaller banks and the reduction of bank branches in many communities. But just as revealing was what the survey didn’t find. More information that would be essential for policy and regulatory decisions remains concealed, invisible to the public.

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The CFPB’s consumer complaint database tells a story about our economy we need to hear

There is a little known public database of complaints about financial institutions that is garnering a lot of criticism from some banks and regulators. Despite this criticism, highly valuable information can be gleaned from these complaints that can help banks and other financial institutions better serve their customers. In 2010, when the Dodd-Frank Wall Street […]

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Robust data on home lending essential to fair and equitable treatment of borrowers

In order for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to protect millions of consumers from unsound lending, the agency must implement the public disclosure of the enhanced Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data in a rigorous manner that provides comprehensive and public information about loan terms and conditions. NCRC has a mantra about the importance […]

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Comment on CFPB RFI on data collection

December 21, 2018 Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 1700 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20552 Request for Information Regarding Bureau Data Collections Docket ID CFPB-2018-0031 To whom it may concern: This letter is in response to the request issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“the CFPB”) and listed as Docket No. CFPB-2018-0031 in the Federal […]

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