N.Y. regulator is first to issue climate guidance for banks, credit unions


The New York State Department of Financial Services says banks and credit unions under its supervision should limit loan concentrations in vulnerable geographic areas, avoid overexposure to fossil fuel and other legacy businesses and develop financial disclosures detailing climate-related risk.


CFPB gets tough with debt collectors as it readies rule


The financial industry has praised the measured approach taken in a pending regulation on permitted communications with consumers. But two recent complaints by the bureau against debt collectors reflect a potentially aggressive enforcement stance.


OCC chief, N.Y. regulator dig in on fintech chartering, preemption


Acting Comptroller of the Currency Brian Brooks and Department of Financial Services Superintendent Linda Lacewell stuck to opposing scripts on whether federal or state regulators are best equipped to protect consumers and supervise new entrants into the banking system.


State oversight of payments giants ‘a vestige of history,' Brooks says


In a sharp escalation of the battle over the future of the dual banking system, the acting chief of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency suggested that states should defer to federal authority in supervising global money transmitters.


State regulator group, others back lawsuit against OCC fintech charter


The Conference of State Bank Supervisors, banking law scholars and consumer advocacy organizations filed amicus briefs siding with the New York State Department of Financial Services in its court battle with the federal regulator.


N.Y. regulator urges banks to lend to firms owned by women, minorities


The New York State Department of Financial Services issued a letter Tuesday reminding lenders of amendments to the state's Community Reinvestment Act, under which banks are evaluated on how they meet the credit needs of businesses owned by women and minorities.


New York state expands feedback program for fintech startups


The Department of Financial Services is going live with DFS FastForward, which aims to help innovators in finance, healthcare and insurance consult directly with regulators on specific compliance issues.


How this New York program is helping to save at-risk branches


Popular’s branch in a Brooklyn neighborhood faced an uncertain future until it was designated as a bank development district. Now it’s eligible to receive millions of dollars in municipal deposits.


In rebuke of CFPB, states look to get tough on debt collectors


In another sign of state officials trying to outdo the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, governors in California and New York want greater authority to license and oversee the debt collection industry.


Are states gaining upper hand in fintech charter battle?


With fintech firms appearing stuck in neutral in their efforts to seek bank charters from federal regulatory agencies, observers say state licensing options could be in vogue again in 2020.