Several safeguards are critical to ensure that bank loan programs—particularly those designed for financially distressed consumers—promote financial inclusion rather than exacerbate financial exclusion and distress.
Joint Letter: Consumer Groups Urge FDIC To Cap Small-Dollar Loan Interest Rates And Consider Consumer Ability To Repay
Credit cannot make up for a fundamental lack of income or consistent incapacity to meet expenses, particularly for the borrowers with damaged credit for whom high-cost bank products tend to be designed. Irresponsible loan products merely put these consumers in a cycle of debt, exacerbating, not helping their situation.
Letters to Regulators: AFR Education Fund letter to banking regulators regarding changes to prudential standards and applicability thresholds for large banks.
January 22, 2019 Americans for Financial Reform Education Fund submitted a letter to banking regulators regarding the relaxation of enhanced prudential standards for large banking institutions. Read or download a PDF version of the letter by following this link.
Letter to FHA urging stay on foreclosures during government shutdown
Advocate etter to USDA urging stop to foreclosures during government shutdown
AFR Education Fund was among the 18 organizations that submitted these comments responding to the CFPB’s RFI on data collection on December 27, 2018. You can view or download pdf of the letter here.
Joint Letter: Specific Recommendations To Protect Consumers Through Ongoing Rulemaking On Debt Collection
As we approach the fifth year anniversary of the proposed rulemaking on debt collection, and the regulatory process appears to be moving forward, the 74 undersigned consumer, community, civil rights, faith, labor and legal services groups write to urge the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“Consumer Bureau”) to focus on protecting consumers from abusive debt collection practices in any rule that it issues.
Letters to Regulators: AFR Education Fund sent a comment letter to the SEC regarding proposed rules on broker-dealer and swap dealer capital requirements.
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