Bankers continued tightening credit for business loans in the last three months while they continued to ease credit standards slightly in their home mortgage and consumer loan portfolios, according to the Federal Reserve’s latest senior loan officer survey released today.
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Speaking at the agency’s community banking conference today, FDIC Vice Chairman Thomas Hoenig again offered a “legislative remedy” for excessive and ill-tailored regulatory burden for banks engaged in what he called “traditional banking activities,” which would encompass most community banks and some regional banks as well.
By a bipartisan 255-174 vote, the House today passed H.R. 1210, which would designate all mortgage loans that institutions originate and hold in portfolio as Qualified Mortgages and thus subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Ability-to-Repay Rule.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today finalized several changes — many advocated by ABA — that will increase the number of banks able to benefit from the bureau’s small creditor and rural or underserved area exemptions in its mortgage rules.
Thanks to banker grassroots advocacy, bills ABA is advocating as part of its Agenda for America’s Hometown Banks are racking up bipartisan co-sponsors in Congress.
With bipartisan majorities, the House Financial Services Committee yesterday passed several bills that are part of ABA’s Agenda for America’s Hometown Banks.
For American Housing Month, Frank Keating explains how.
Democratic members of the Senate Banking Committee today released a much narrower regulatory relief bill offered as an alternative to the sweeping bill by committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.). Shelby’s bill is set to be considered by the committee on Thursday.
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.