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ABA Seeks Clearer Guidance from FinCEN on Andorra Bank Proposal

In a comment letter filed this week, ABA and the Clearing House expressed their support to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network's goal on protecting the U.S. financial system from money laundering, terrorist financing and financial crimes, but offered suggestions on FinCEN's proposal to impose special measures against Banca Privada d’Andorra.

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FinCEN Spotlights Victories Triggered by BSA Reports

Responding to industry concerns that their Bank Secrecy Act reporting goes unread or unused, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network yesterday spotlighted six law enforcement cases in which prosecutors made effective use of BSA data to win. The inaugural Law Enforcement Awards were conceived as a way to show financial institutions that their reports are not “going into a black hole,” FinCEN ...

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Shelby’s Sweeping Financial Reform Bill Would Advance ABA Goals

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today released a draft of a sweeping financial reform bill that would provide regulatory relief for banks of all sizes, tailor the regulatory structure for systemically important banks and begin restructuring within the Federal Reserve System and at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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Chase Survey Finds More Education Needed on Chip Cards

Nearly two-thirds of consumers have not heard of chip card technology -- also known as EMV -- even though 80 percent are concerned about the security of their debit and credit transactions, according to a recent survey commissioned by Chase, which said it will have converted more than 70 percent of its cards to EMV by the end of 2015.

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Curry Encourages Participation in Treasury’s SSBCI Program

Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry today encouraged bankers to participate in the Treasury Department’s State Small Business Credit Initiative, which has since 2010 distributed more than $1 billion to states for programs that expand access to credit for small businesses.

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CFPB Warns Lenders to Consider Section 8 Voucher Income

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today issued a bulletin reminding creditors to include income from Section 8 homeownership vouchers when underwriting mortgage loans, in keeping with the prohibition on discrimination based on income derived from a public assistance program under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and Regulation B.

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