Federal banking regulators should ensure that banks advance financial inclusion, further racial justice in lending and avoid making loans or investments that harm the environment or cause housing displacement, a group of public interest organizations argued today.
News Release: Community Reinvestment Act Regulatory Update Offers Opportunity to Address Climate Crisis
A coalition of groups aiming to further financial inclusion, affordable housing, and racial and climate justice called for strengthened environmental justice provisions as the comment period for an update of the rules implementing the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) comes to a close.
AFREF joined a letter opposing the online lender Figure Bank’s application for a charter.
Despite wanting to move their money, many consumers have found that it can be quite difficult to switch. Banks have deliberately made the process of switching more complicated than it needs to be. Cities and municipalities have faced even greater difficulties in moving their money to community banks and credit unions. There are changes that can be made that would give consumers a real choice by making it easier for them to switch banks and would make it easier for municipalities to move their money.
Letter to Regulators: Letter Calls on Banking Agencies to Withdraw Proposed Rule on Supervisory Guidance
AFR Education Fund wrote a letter to banking regulators calling on them to withdraw a proposed rulemaking on the role of supervisory guidance. The letter criticized the new rule as unnecessary and potentially harmful, since it could limit the ability of bank supervisors to take
AFR sent an opposition letter to HR 2148, which would have put loopholes in new rules designed to ensure that banks did not make excessively risky commercial real estate loans. HR 2148 Oppo letter
Letter to Regulators: AFR Urges Federal Reserve to Maintain and Expand Accountability for Bank Boards of Directors
AFR sent a comment letter to the Federal Reserve Board urging them to modify proposed rules that would reduce accountability for bank Boards of Directors, and also to examine further changes that would expand such accountability AFR Response to Proposed Guidance On Boards of Directors