Americans for Financial Reform Education Fund (AFREF) submitted two comments to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in response to their request for information on climate-related financial risk as pertinent to the derivatives markets and underlying commodities markets. A coalition letter submitted jointly by AFREF, Amazon Watch,
Letters to Regulators: Letter Telling Fannie and Freddie to Finance Affordable Housing, Not Displacement
AFREF and 34 allies sent a letter regarding the Safety and Soundness Act, which requires FHFA to establish annual housing goals for mortgages purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises). This letter supports the proposal’s move towards a methodology that focuses on the percentage, not number, of affordable housing units financed by the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs). However, the proposal fails to hold the GSEs to adequate lending standards and refine what counts as affordable housing units.
This letter seeks policy reforms that will prevent GSEs from financing loans that contribute to displacement and substandard living conditions for low income tenants and tenants of color. It also objects to FHFA goals being set at levels that are below recent performance by the Enterprises.
Americans for Financial Reform and allies delivered a petition with over 60,000 signatures to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors (Fed), along with a letter signed by ten organizations. The petition and letter call on the Fed to address climate-related financial risks by issuing climate
Letters to Regulators: Comment Letter in Response to OSTP’s RFI on Equitable Data Engagement and Accountability
AFREF joined a letter responding to a request for information from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy about how federal agencies can better support collaboration with other levels of government, civil society, and the research community regarding the production and use of equitable data.
Letters to Regulators: Response to Request for Comment on Proposed Changes to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice
AFREF joined civil rights and consumer advocacy organizations in responding to the Appraisal Standards Board’s request for comment on the proposed changes to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice that would add nondiscrimination language to USPAP’s Ethics Rule. The letter recognizes the history and persistence of racial discrimination in appraisals and makes several specific recommendations for fighting discrimination in the appraisal process.
Letters to Regulators: Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Names and Disclosures for Investment Funds
Americans for Financial Reform Education Fund (AFREF) submitted comments to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on their proposed rules regarding fund names and required Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) disclosures for investment funds and advisers. These proposed rules would prevent the use of misleading
Americans for Financial Reform Education Fund (AFREF) and partners submitted comments to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation on their proposed revision to the regulations that implement the Community Reinvestment
Congressional Testimony: AFR’s Moonyoung Ko Testifies to Senate Democrats on Need for Strong Final Climate Disclosure Rule from the SEC
At a hearing in front of the Senate Climate Change Task Force Committee, Moonyoung Ko, Climate Finance Campaign Manager at AFR, spoke to Senate Democrats on the need for these climate-related financial disclosures for all investors including retail investors and those who trust in others
Letters to the Administration: Letter Calling on President Biden to Extend the Student Loan Payment Pause
AFR joined a letter calling on President Biden to extend the payment pause on student loans until he cancels student debt.
AFREF submitted and joined coalition comment letters in response to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)’s proposed rule on climate disclosure. The coalition letters focused on Environmental Justice, Community Impacts, and Indigenous rights.