New Report: Where They Stand On Financial Reform
October 17, 2018 – 12:33 pm | Comments Off on New Report: Where They Stand On Financial Reform

Ten years after the financial crisis, a majority of members of the Congress that wrapped up work in 2018 voted again and again for bills pushed by the bank lobby that endanger financial stability, undermine consumer and investor protections, and enable racial discrimination in lending. The change in control of the House and a heightened awareness of the dangers posed by these actions provide an opportunity to see what changes in the 116th Congress.

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In the News: Why is Trump’s Consumer Protection Agency Helping to Promote H&R Block’s Credit Card?
July 19, 2019 – 1:33 pm
In the News: Why is Trump’s Consumer Protection Agency Helping to Promote H&R Block’s Credit Card?

“Financial education isn’t going to stop a company from misapplying your mortgage payment or the wrongful repossession of a car,” observes Linda Jun, a senior policy counsel at Americans for Financial Reform. “The financial crisis wasn’t about people suddenly forgetting how to save. That was a very minor aspect of what happened. There were these bad actors that preyed on people with deceptive fees and unfair practices and discrimination. The point of having a financial regulator that protects consumers is to bring these shady behaviors to an end.”

News Release: Stop Wall Street Looting Act Would Curb Worst Private Equity Abuses
July 18, 2019 – 9:10 am

“Private equity and hedge funds now wield enormous influence over the American economy, often with terrible consequences for workers and communities,” said Lisa Donner, executive director of Americans for Financial Reform. “We need effective rules of the road to stop predatory practices by these Wall Street giants.”

Advisory: Briefing for Media on Stop Wall Street Looting Act at 3pm ET
July 18, 2019 – 9:10 am

Briefing on Stop Wall Street Looting Act of 2019 will be at 3pm ET. To join call RSVP to Kyra Sandovi, kyra@ourfinancialsecurity.org and dial (800) 230-1096 and ask for “Private Equity Legislation” conference call.

News Release: Public Interest Groups Support Bill to Address Private Equity Abuses
July 18, 2019 – 9:10 am

Over 15 major public interest groups have signed on to support the Stop Wall Street Looting Act of 2019, which was introduced today in the House and Senate.

Legislation: Summary and Analysis of Stop Wall Street Looting Act
July 18, 2019 – 9:10 am

The Stop Wall Street Looting Act would curb the worst abuses of Wall Street private equity executives by making them liable for damage they cause, protecting the interests of workers, preventing looting of target companies, and improving transparency for investors.

In the News: Consumer Watchdog Wants to Work With Financial Companies to Encourage Saving
July 18, 2019 – 8:59 am
In the News: Consumer Watchdog Wants to Work With Financial Companies to Encourage Saving

Consumer advocates criticized Ms. Kraninger’s invitation to financial companies. “Americans don’t need the main federal consumer protection agency partnering with the financial services industry to conduct studies,” said Linda Jun, senior policy counsel at Americans for Financial Reform. “Americans need a strong CFPB that actually polices the industry from doing harm.”

Statement: Income-share agreements are just student debt with a fancy name
July 17, 2019 – 2:57 pm
Statement: Income-share agreements are just student debt with a fancy name

“Income-share agreements are nothing more than student debt with a fancy name,” said Alexis Goldstein, Senior Policy Analyst at Americans for Financial Reform. “Financial investors hungry for yield are using ISAs to put student debt in an elaborate and confusing package, while forcing students to waive key rights and seeking to withhold the already too limited consumer protections federal student loans provide.”

Statement for the Record: Statement to House Financial Services Committee on Facebook Libra Proposal
July 17, 2019 – 9:13 am

The AFR Education Fund sent a statement for the record to the House Financial Services Committee concerning Facebook’s proposal for the Libra digital token and payment system. The statement describes ways in which Facebook is attempting to create an unregulated financial product of potentially global scale and the dangers this would pose to the users of the token and the broader financial system.