Mobile app for underbanked looks to go national


Fair Financial, a digital banking platform developed by a Twin Cities nonprofit in partnership with a local bank, launched a pilot program this week. By 2020, it plans to serve 5,000 customers across the country.


Dear Congress: Don’t gut funding for CDFIs


Lawmakers should prioritize programs that improve economic development in underserved communities, as appropriators begin debating next year’s spending levels.


Small businesses becoming more satisfied with fintech lenders: Survey


For many borrowers, near-guaranteed approvals and faster turnaround times are more important than the lower rates offered by banks and credit unions.


Flexible boundaries and exams: How Treasury would modernize CRA


The Treasury's recommendations come as federal bank regulators have indicated they will soon release a proposal to reform Community Reinvestment Act policy.


FHA is making progress on False Claims Act concerns: Carson


HUD Secretary Ben Carson told lawmakers that overly rigid False Claims Act enforcement had forced lenders to suffer financially for what were just minor errors, but that lenders' fears of being sued were dissipating.


Banks want in on tax reform plan to spur investment in distressed areas


Banking and affordable housing advocates are encouraged by a provision in the tax reform legislation that could increase investment in underserved communities by allowing investors to defer capital gains taxes when they reinvest in federally chartered Opportunity Funds.


How Trump’s budget affects CFPB, GSE fees, other bank priorities


The Trump administration’s 2019 budget highlights the administration’s goal of reining in the post-crisis regulatory apparatus, with proposed cuts for several agencies including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.


U.S. Bank teams with nonprofit to help drive more loans to CDFIs


The Minneapolis bank is the first bank to join Community Reinvestment Fund's online service that matches small-business borrowers who don’t qualify for bank loans with community development financial institutions.


Inside black-owned bank's plan to stay relevant and cause driven


OneUnited is trimming branches and expanding digital offerings as it builds its brand as a backer of social justice that develops innovative products such as a Black-Lives-Matter-themed debit card.


Pioneering minority-run bank looks to turn the corner


Carver Bancorp, which has spent 70 years serving minorities in Harlem and surrounding neighborhoods, is struggling to turn a profit. As black-run banks nationwide struggle to stay afloat, Carver's CEO insists the institution is on the right track.