Policymaking

FHA cracks down on cash-out refinancing

08/01/19

The Federal Housing Administration is aiming to limit the share of borrowers who have been withdrawing money from the value of their homes.

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Crypto holds public promise and potential for danger: Senators

07/30/19

Two weeks after lawmakers grilled a Facebook exec over Libra, they acknowledged benefits from digital currency technology while warning of the risks.

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Former CFPB official 'may have abused his authority': Inspector general

07/29/19

Eric Blankenstein, now at HUD, is under fire for asking a subordinate to defend him after it was revealed he wrote racially charged blogs 14 years earlier.

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Senators press Fed's Powell on real-time payments

07/22/19

A group of senators on the Banking Committee sent a letter to the central bank chairman grilling him on the agency's efforts to develop a real-time payments system.

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Warren warns consumer, corporate debt could cause next crisis

07/22/19

The Democratic presidential candidate argued in a blog post that the U.S. could avoid a recession by canceling most student debt and authorizing regulators to more aggressively monitor leveraged lending.

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Equifax nears $700 million settlement of probes into data breach

07/19/19

The agreement with authorities including the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general — and possibly the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — may be announced as soon as Monday.

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Facebook's crypto plans are 'a national security issue,' Mnuchin says

07/15/19

The Treasury secretary said the U.S. government has significant concerns about digital currencies, including their potential as tools for money launderers.

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Facebook won’t launch crypto service until regulators satisfied, exec says

07/15/19

David Marcus, who oversees Facebook’s digital wallet, plans to tell Congress that the company will roll out Libra only after it has "received appropriate approvals.”

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House Democrats seek to bar tech firms from operating like banks

07/15/19

Lawmakers circulated a bill just ahead of hearings on Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency that would prohibit companies with over $25 billion in annual revenue from launching a digital financial asset.

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Fed working group proposes SOFR-based mortgage by 2021

07/11/19

The Alternative Reference Rates Committee promotes the adoption of a new Secured Overnight Financing Rate index rate to replace Libor in pricing hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages within the next two years. The change would be the first application of SOFR to a consumer-loan product.

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