What is the CFPB? Have you heard about it?

by The CAB Man Texas on January 24, 2012

CFPB Basics

If you have not already, many of you may begin to hear about the “CFPB.”  The “CPFB” stands for Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  This is a federal agency that was created in the aftermath of the US Economic Meltdown in 2008-2009.  The government felt that it was necessary to create this new bureau to monitor a broad range of businesses that contributed to the problem by not behaving in an appropriate manner, violating the law, or taking advantage of consumers.

“The central mission of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is to make markets for consumer financial products and services work for Americans — whether they are applying for a mortgage, choosing among credit cards, or using any number of other consumer financial products.”The 3 priorities of the CFPB will to be Educate, Enforce, and Study.”

The scope of the CFPB will include the Payday Loan and Auto Title Loan industries.  It is a possibility that our industry will be faced with regulations on local, state, and federal levels.  The CFPB held a field meeting in Birmingham last week and has released an “Examination Procedures”document that illustrates how they plan to go about reviewing industry businesses.

If you would like to review the Examination Procedures document, it is available online, or you may request a copy from CAB Consulting and Brokerage.  Also, if you would like to view an intro to the Field Meeting last week, you can do so here: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/getting-a-complete-picture-of-the-payday-market/

Right now we are all focused on getting our new CABs off the ground and implementing new notices and disclosures.  Set your sights on the CFPB next quarter and take some time to become familiar with it.  CAB Consulting and Brokerage is gathering facts and will continue to provide information as it becomes available.

If you have questions, please feel free to call Michael Brown at 214-293-8676, or email cabconbrokerage@gmail.com

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