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AFR Report: Warren Endorses Need for Action on Wall Street Role in Home Rental Market
January 22, 2018 – 9:00 am

In the past 10 years, nine big Wall Street firms have fundamentally altered the rental landscape in their targeted cities across 13 states by eliminating the human aspects of the relationship between tenants and their landlord. In some areas, the largest SFR companies own a large percentage of all single family rentals in a given zip code – up to 12.5 percent in some areas.

AFR Report: The Same Old Song – Wall Street’s repeatedly discredited but endlessly repeated arguments against common-sense financial regulation
October 13, 2017 – 3:42 pm

A look back at the financial lobby’s robotic opposition to one proposed reform after another, and how Wall Street’s claims have squared with real-world events. This new AFR report homes in on three pre-financial-crisis case studies, involving credit cards, mortgages, and derivatives.

AFR Report: 2017 Big Bank Stress Tests Less Stressful Than Ever
July 5, 2017 – 9:51 am

The slide presentation linked below documents AFR’s findings on the 2017 CCAR stress tests.
AFR Assessing the 2017 Stress Tests
A Medium blog post is also available here:
https://medium.com/@RealBankReform/stress-tests-less-stressful-than-ever-fbe68b8e161a

AFR Report: Wall Street Lobby and Campaign Cash Tops $2 Billion for 2016 Elections
March 8, 2017 – 7:38 am

During the 2015-16 election cycle, Wall Street banks and financial interests spent more than $2 billion to influence decision-making in Washington, according to a report released today by Americans for Financial Reform. That total, derived from an exclusive data set, works out to more than $2.7 million a day.

AFR/CFA Report: Brokers and Insurers Say One Thing in Ads, Another Thing in Contracts
January 18, 2017 – 2:51 pm

“Twenty-five top U.S. brokerage firms and insurance companies present their employees as trusted financial advisors putting client interests first even as their lobbyists argue in court that they are nothing more than commission-driven salespeople, according to a major new report from the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and Americans for Financial Reform (AFR). The report also dissects how brokerage firms and insurance companies are systematically misleading unwary consumers.”

AFR Issue Brief: Fair Treatment of Homeowners with Limited English Proficiency
May 26, 2016 – 9:00 am

A newly released paper urges regulators to make it easier for people with limited English proficiency (LEP) to understand and navigate the financial system, especially the mortgage loan market. A companion paper tells the stories of several LEP homeowners who belatedly discovered unfavorable mortgage terms and had great difficulty securing loan modifications.