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AFR Statement: Extralegal ‘No-Action Letter’ Policy Would Exempt Industries From Basic Supervision And Enforcement
December 14, 2018 – 12:17 pm

In Mick Mulvaney’s final hours as acting director, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed two policies that put consumers at gravely increased risk of the very harm the CFPB is supposed to prevent.

AFR Statement: ‘Aye’ Votes On Kraninger Expose American Families To Greater Wall Street Abuse
December 6, 2018 – 2:18 pm

The Senate majority has endorsed a CFPB nominee indistinguishable from Mick Mulvaney, who has done his level best to dismantle from within an agency that once won real results for American families hurt by Wall Street and predatory lenders. Kraninger has no track record at all of consumer protection, or of standing up for vulnerable people.

AFR Statement: Senators Must Reject Kraninger Nomination
November 29, 2018 – 2:18 pm

Kathy Kraninger has put no daylight whatsoever between herself and Mick Mulvaney, who has done his level best to dismantle from within an agency that once won real results for American families hurt by Wall Street and predatory lenders. He has subverted, not advanced, the mission of consumer protection for which Congress created the CFPB.

AFR Statement: Fed Report Proves Need To Strengthen Financial Safeguards
November 28, 2018 – 3:43 pm

Today’s financial stability report from the Federal Reserve clearly documents that we are at or near the peak of an economic cycle, with inflated asset prices and strong lending growth leading to signs of excessive leverage in the corporate sector. The peak of the cycle is the time to strengthen financial safeguards, not weaken them.

Joint Statement: CRL, AFR Urge OCC Not To Weaken Standards In CRA Update
November 19, 2018 – 10:06 am

The groups pressed the OCC that any changes to the CRA must strengthen — not weaken — banks’ obligation to meet the needs of low-income communities and communities of color and that changes must result in expanded access to credit in historically redlined areas.

AFR Statement: SEC Advisory Committee Right to Seek Major Changes to Broker Standards Proposal
November 7, 2018 – 3:56 pm

What we heard today from the diverse membership of the SEC’s own advisory committee is that they share our view that the proposed Reg BI would not protect investors. The IAC has called on the SEC to instead pass rules that make clear that brokers have a legal obligation to act in the best interests of their clients.

AFR Statement: Wells Fargo Must Compensate Wrongfully Evicted Homeowners
November 6, 2018 – 3:19 pm

Wells Fargo must complete a comprehensive review that identifies every single homeowner affected by this problem, and must adequately compensate them for the serious harm they have suffered as a result of losing their homes to wrongful foreclosure or paying for a more expensive modification.

AFR Statement: Throwing Out Derivatives Reform Strengthens Too-Big-To-Fail Oligopoly
November 6, 2018 – 1:24 pm

We strongly disapprove of the new proposal to change rules for derivatives trading announced in today’s meeting of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The requirement that complex derivatives be traded whenever possible in open, competitive markets was a crucial element of Dodd-Frank derivatives market reforms.