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Friday, April 14, 2017
This Week Articles:
FIRST QUARTER BANKRUPTCY FILINGS DECLINE
Bankruptcy filings in the United States declined slightly early this year compared to the start of 2016, according to a news release from the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) and data provided by Epiq Systems Inc.
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PAYMENTS SUMMIT HIGHLIGHTS EVOLUTION OF TRANSACTIONS
The status of EMV-chip migration, online and card-not-present fraud mitigation, and frictionless payments were among the hot-button mobile and digital commerce topics explored at the 10th Annual Payments Summit.
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CHAIRMAN PAI ANNOUNCES STAFF CHANGES
WASHINGTON, April 13, 2017 – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai today announced a transition in the leadership of the agency’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB). Current Bureau Chief Alison Kutler has decided to leave the agency, and Chairman Pai intends to appoint Patrick Webre as her replacement.
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CREDIT SUISSE SAYS PAYPAL BEATING PLASTIC ONLINE
According to Credit Suisse, PayPal shows it is at no risk of handing over marketshare to credit and debit cards any time soon.
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BANKING GROUP URGES SENATE TO MAKE MAJOR REFORMS TO DODD-FRANK AND CONSUMER AGENCY
A banking trade association is urging the Senate Banking Committee to raise the asset threshold for banks to face increased regulatory burdens, and to restructure the embattled single-director Consumer Financial Protection Bureau into a bipartisan commission setup.
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SAFEGUARDING AGAINST CREDIT DISCRIMINATION: 2016 FAIR LENDING REPORT
It is against the law for a lender to discriminate in any aspect of a credit transaction based on certain reasons. Despite this prohibition, we hear from consumers who believe they have been treated differently because of these reasons, including characteristics such as their age, race, national origin, or sex. That’s where the CFPB’s Office of Fair Lending and Equal Opportunity comes in. We work to stop illegal discrimination.
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COLORADO RANKS SEVENTH IN COMPLAINTS ABOUT MEDICAL DEBT COLLECTION
DENVER - Colorado ranks seventh when it comes to complaints about medical debt collectors, according to a report.
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OPINION WHAT CUS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE LATEST CYBERSECURITY THREATS
With each passing year, cybersecurity threats become more sophisticated. At its core, security in cyberspace consists of two fundamental elements: cyclic software development and consistent security maintenance.
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AMERICANS OWE $1 TRILLION IN CREDIT CARD DEBT-HERE ARE 2 PROVEN STRATEGIES FOR PAYING IT OFF
According to new data released by the Federal Reserve, the U.S. surpassed $1 trillion in credit card debt - the highest level since the Great Recession.
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WELLS FARGO’S CREDIT CARD AND CHECKING BUSINESSES ARE IN FREEFALL
Banking customers are still steering clear of the Wells Fargo wagon
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TANGERINE BANK OFFERS CREDIT LINES TO BECOME CANADA’S EVERYDAY BANK
Tangerine Bank, the digital lender owned by Bank of Nova Scotia, announced it will be offering credit lines in an effort to increase revenue through additional product offerings, according to Bloomberg.
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CFPB ISSUES PROPOSAL TO CLARIFY MORTGAGE DATA RULE
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today issued a proposal to facilitate compliance with the 2015 updates to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) rule. The changes proposed today would help financial institutions comply with the 2015 HMDA Final Rule by clarifying the information they are required to collect and report about their mortgage lending.
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EQUIFAX CLOUD-BASED INTERCONNECT® PLATFORM TRANSFORMS CREDIT AND RISK DECISIONING, RECEIVES ROBUST REVIEW FROM INDUSTRY EXPERT
ATLANTA, April 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Equifax Inc. (NYSE: EFX), a global information solutions provider, today announced its redesigned platform, InterConnect®, was reviewed by leading decision management consulting firm, Decision Management Solutions. Created to revolutionize the industry standard for accuracy and speed-to-market, InterConnect empowers frontline business users through a modular insights environment that defines, automates and deploys decision strategies with more speed and agility than ever before.
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CONSERVE RECEIVES BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU TORCH AWARD FOR ETHICS
Rochester, N.Y. – At Continental Service Group, Inc., d/b/a ConServe, ethics and compliance drive all our activities. In fact, our business practices demonstrate such a high caliber of character, integrity and respect, the Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York has recognized our conduct by presenting ConServe with the 2017 BBB Torch Award.
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FEDS FINE A COMMUNITY HEALTH NETWORK FOR HIPAA VIOLATIONS
Failure to conduct a risk analysis and develop a risk management plan as required under the HIPAA privacy and security rules has landed a provider organization in trouble with the HHS Office for Civil Rights, leading to a $400,000 fine and imposition of a three-year corrective action plan.
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ROBOCALL 'RINGLEADER' MUST PAY AFTER CALLING MILLIONS ON THE DO-NOT-CALL LIST
The "ringleader" of a years long telemarketing scheme must pay at least $65,000 - and possibly up to $2.2 million - after settling with the Federal Trade Commission in a massive lawsuit.
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ATTORNEY GENERAL FROSH ANNOUNCES FORMER CORINTHIAN COLLEGE STUDENTS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL STUDENT LOAN CANCELLATION
BALTIMORE, MD (April 12, 2017) – Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh today announced that his office, joined by at least forty-three other state attorneys general and the District of Columbia, is reaching out to notify Maryland consumers who attended schools operated by Corinthian Colleges, Inc., including Everest Institute, Everest College, Everest University, Heald College, and Wyotech, that they are eligible for cancellation of their federal student loans used to attend those schools.
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CREDIT UNIONS GET SIMPLE, AFFORDABLE REGULATORY COMPLIANCE TOOL
VIENNA, Va., April 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Redboard, a new regulatory compliance software platform built specifically for credit unions, offers a secure, cost-effect, cloud-based platform providing seamless communication, task management and document control with a detailed audit trail to ensure nothing slips through the cracks.
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AFSA AGAIN ADDRESSES BURDEN CFPB PLACES ON SMALL OPERATIONS
WASHINGTON, D.C. - While a former Department of the Treasury official insisted the Dodd-Frank Act resulted in an economy "far stronger and more resilient today than it was preceding the crisis," American Financial Services Association executive vice president Bill Himpler addressed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s regulatory overreach of the state-regulated consumer credit industry and the need for Congress to reform the bureau’s practices, approve its budget and amend its structure.
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FTC ANNOUNCES 2017 MILITARY CONSUMER FINANCIAL WORKSHOP: PROTECTING THOSE WHO PROTECT OUR NATION
The Federal Trade Commission announced today that it is hosting a workshop in San Antonio, Texas, on July 19, 2017, to examine financial issues and scams that can affect military consumers, including active duty servicemembers in all branches and veterans. The workshop also will discuss FTC resources available to military consumer advocates and representatives on financial readiness and fraud prevention, including the FTC’s Military Consumer Toolkit, available at Military.Consumer.gov. The toolkit allows personal financial managers, counselors, and others in the military community to share practical financial readiness tips and can be individually customized and easily shared on social media.
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CORELOGIC ANALYSIS SHOWS 5.3 PERCENT OF HOMEOWNERS WERE LATE WITH THEIR MORTGAGE PAYMENTS IN JANUARY 2017
RVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CoreLogic® (NYSE: CLGX), a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, today released a new monthly Loan Performance Insights Report which shows that 5.3 percent of mortgages were delinquent by at least 30 days or more (including those in foreclosure) in January 2017. This represents a 1.1 percentage point decline in the overall delinquency rate compared with January 2016 when it was 6.4 percent.
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RISING STUDENT LOAN DEBT SEEN AS FURTHER HURTING HOMEOWNERSHIP RATES
The homeownership rate among Americans is at a 50-year low and could be getting worse with the help of mounting student loan debt.
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CANADA'S CREDIT UNIONS APPLAUD FORMATION OF FEDERAL ALL-PARTY CREDIT UNION CAUCUS
OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - April 12, 2017) - A new all-party caucus that will improve communication between parliamentarians and the credit unions that provide financial services in their ridings, is being welcomed enthusiastically by Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA) and the country's financial co-operatives.
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WHY THE PAYDAY LOANS MARKET WON’T GO AWAY JUST YET
The payday loan market continues to draw controversy from different experts as calls to curb interest charges continue.
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LAWMAKERS PUSH BACK ON INTERNET PRIVACY
BOSTON - Lawmakers are seeking to fill gaps in consumer protection laws following the repeal of federal internet privacy rules approved in the final days of the Obama administration.
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MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS RISE 1.5 PERCENT, AS INTEREST RATES FALL TO 2017 LOW
Homebuyers dominated the mortgage market last week, but refinancers sat on the sidelines despite the lowest interest rates of the year.
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PRIVATE COLLECTION OF SOME OVERDUE FEDERAL TAXES STARTS IN APRIL; THOSE AFFECTED WILL HEAR FIRST FROM IRS; IRS WILL STILL HANDLE MOST TAX DEBTS
WASHINGTON - Starting this month, the Internal Revenue Service will begin sending letters to a relatively small group of taxpayers whose overdue federal tax accounts are being assigned to one of four private-sector collection agencies.
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BILLINGTREE ARM INDUSTRY SURVEY REVEALS ADOPTION OF ONLINE PORTALS TOP TECHNOLOGY TREND FOR 2017
Phoenix, Ariz. – April 11, 2017 BillingTree®, the leading payment technology provider, released the key findings of its ARM Industry Survey Report today- the first of four in the ‘2017 Operations and Technology Survey’ series. The results, from over 200 agencies of all sizes, show technology adoption continues to be a key priority – with collection agencies highlighting the revenue opportunities provided by online portals, interactive voice response (IVR) and virtual debt negotiation.
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PREPARED REMARKS OF CFPB DIRECTOR RICHARD CORDRAY AT OPERATION HOPE GLOBAL FORUMS ANNUAL MEETING
Thank you John for your kind words. I am glad to be back in Atlanta for the HOPE Global Forum. It is great to be here with you and to know you share similar goals and ideals for our society. The thread that links the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to Operation HOPE is the hard and important mission of empowering the economically vulnerable among us.
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DISCOVER STUDENT LOANS INTRODUCES EASY WAY TO HELP FAMILIES UNDERSTAND AND COMPARE FINANCIAL AID PACKAGES
RIVERWOODS, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Discover Student Loans introduces a new Award Letter Comparison tool that will help families compare financial aid packages side by side. The free interactive tool will provide personalized results so users can easily understand total cost of attendance, which schools are offering the most financial aid and the costs a family will be expected to cover.
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CFPB: MORTGAGE COMPLAINTS HOLD STEADY
The total number of consumer complaints about financial products and services filed with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) increased year-over-year by 7 percent in 2016, to 291,400.
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CONSUMER INFORMATION SESSION: WHAT THE FCC'S CONSUMER HELP CENTER CAN DO FOR YOU
The Federal Communications Commission’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau will host a Consumer Information Webinar on April 24 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The webinar, which is free and intended for all consumers, will provide information about the FCC’s online Consumer Help Center (CHC).
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$627,290.00     Payday Loans
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$2,887,495.00     Credit Cards
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$895,387.00     Payday Loans
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$724,636.00     Payday Loans
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$510,291.00     Checks
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$816,422.00     Credit Cards
Sea Side Management
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$7,374,052.00     Credit Cards
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$87,000,000.00     Credit Cards
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$21,000,000.00     Checks
Capital Debt Solutions, LLC
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$4,808,274.00     Other
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$371,945,699.00     Credit Cards
Capital Debt Solutions, LLC
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Consumer Information Session: What the FCC's Consumer Help Center Can Do for You
Federal Communications Commisssion
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April 24, 2017
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Future Digital Finance
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April 24 - 26, 2017
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May 10 - 12, 2017
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May 17 - 20, 2017
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ICG 2017 Annual Meeting
International Collector's Group
The Ritz Carlton
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
June 18 – 20, 2017
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Collection Management Training
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Residence Inn Atlanta Airport North/Virginia Avenue
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June 21 - 22, 2017
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