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California Op-Ed: Reg Reform Is ‘Sensible Solution’

Several bills pending in Congress represent “sensible regulatory changes” that will help banks of all sizes grow the economy, wrote California Bankers Association President and CEO Simone Lagomarsino in an Orange County Register op-ed today.

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Fed to Begin Reducing Balance Sheet in October

The Federal Open Market Committee said it will begin reducing the Fed’s balance sheet in October, according to a statement from the committee released yesterday. The balance sheet is swollen with $4.5 trillion in securities purchased as part of quantitative easing programs between 2008 and 2014. The committee also decided to hold rates at 1 to 1.25 percent, citing “realized ...

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CFPB Harmonizes Regs B and C

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today modified the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (Regulation B) to provide flexibility for lenders around the collection of applicants’ demographic data under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (Regulation C).

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Existing-Home Sales Drop 1.7% in August

Existing-home sales decreased 1.7% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.35 million in August, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Sales were 0.2% above last August and the lowest since then. “Steady employment gains, slowly rising incomes and lower mortgage rates generated sustained buyer interest all summer long, but unfortunately, not more home sales,” said Lawrence Yun, ...

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