Consumer Issues & Information

2009

 
 
Date Title Category
December 22, 2009 Credit Reporting

Under new Federal Reserve and Federal Trade Commission rules, creditors must provide risk-based pricing notices to those consumers whose credit reports caused them to receive credit on terms less favorable than those applied to other consumers. The rules take effect in 2011.

 

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November 27, 2009 Internet Gambling

The compliance date for the Department of the Treasury’s and the Federal Reserve’s joint final rule implementing certain provisions of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act has been extended to June 1, 2010.

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November 20, 2009 Electronic Fund Transfers

New proposed rules would restrict the fees and expiration dates that apply to many gift cards. Public comments on the proposed rules are due December 21.

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November 17, 2009 Financial Privacy

A new final model privacy notice, designed to enable compliance with the Financial Services Regulatory Relief Act of 2006, is now available.

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November 16, 2009 Truth in Lending

An approved interim rule under the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act requires notice to consumers whose mortgage loans have been sold or transferred. Compliance with the interim rule is optional until January 19, 2010. Public comments on the interim rule are also due at that time.

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November 12, 2009 Electronic Fund Transfers

Final rules requiring financial institutions to obtain consumer consent before charging fees for overdraft protection on ATM and one-time debit card transactions take effect January 19, 2010 with a mandatory compliance date of July 1, 2010.

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September 29, 2009 Regulation Z

New proposed credit card rules would restrict, among other things, interest rate increases, fees associated with subprime cards, and card issuances to consumers under the age of 21. The rules would ban double-cycle billing and payment allocations designed to maximize interest charges. Comments on the proposed rules, which would take effect next February, are due in early November.

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September 24, 2009 Financial Privacy

New revisions to Regulation S will take effect January 1. The revisions will increase the fees the government pays financial institutions to assemble and produce documents under the Right to Financial Privacy Act and encourage electronic document production.

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September 15, 2009 New Consumer Protection Program

The Federal Reserve will subject nonbank subsidiaries of bank holding companies and foreign banking organizations to the consumer protection laws and regulations it enforces.

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August 10, 2009 Truth in Lending

Effective January 1, 2010, the fee-based trigger for home mortgage loans will be $579.

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July 30, 2009 Truth in Lending

Under new final amendments to Regulation Z, private education lenders must make additional disclosures to prospective borrowers, including disclosures about potentially less costly federal student loan programs. The amendments will take effect in early 2010.

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July 23, 2009 Truth in Lending

Comments are due in late November on new proposed mortgage and HELOC disclosure rules.

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July 21, 2009 Flood Insurance

Federal agencies released revised questions and answers about flood insurance, superseding the questions and answers released in 1997, and requested comment on five new ones. Comments are due September 21, 2009.

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July 15, 2009 Truth in Lending

The Federal Reserve has approved an interim final rule amending Regulation Z and requiring creditors to give consumers more notice before making significant changes to credit card account terms. Public comments on the rule are due 60 days from the rule's publication in the Federal Register.

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July 2, 2009 Consumer Credit Reporting

New rules and guidelines to promote the accuracy and integrity of information furnished to credit bureaus and other consumer reporting agencies have become final and will take effect July 1, 2010.

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July 2, 2009 Consumer Credit Reporting

New rules and guidelines to promote the accuracy and integrity of information furnished to credit bureaus and other consumer reporting agencies have become final and will take effect July 1, 2010.

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June 22, 2009 Consumer Advisory Council

The Federal Reserve is seeking nominations for appointments to its Consumer Advisory Council.

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June 22, 2009 Consumer Advisory Council

The Federal Reserve is seeking nominations for appointments to its Consumer Advisory Council.

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June 11, 2009 Identity Theft FAQs

Federal agencies have published a set of frequently asked questions designed to help explain compliance with new identity theft rules.

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April 21, 2009 Clarifications to Credit Card Rules

The Federal Reserve has proposed clarifications to the final credit card rules it issued last December under the Federal Trade Commission and Truth in Lending Acts. Comments on the clarifications are due 30 days from the proposals' publication in the Federal Register.

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March 11, 2009 New Proposed Amendments to Reg. Z

The Board of Governors has proposed amendments to Regulation Z (Truth in Lending) that would apply to private student loans, including a three-day right of rescission for consumers and disclosure of a loan's total cost based on the maximum interest rate a creditor can charge. Public comments are due in May.

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January 30, 2009 Residential Mortgage Assets

The Federal Reserve will help avoid preventable foreclosures on some residential mortgage assets held by a Reserve Bank.

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January 16, 2009 Expedited Funds Availability

Federal Reserve check processing operations in Charlotte will move to Atlanta on March 21. This will cause some formerly nonlocal checks to become local under Regulation CC's expedited availability rules.

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January 6, 2009 Community Reinvestment

Federal agencies published revised questions and answers on CRA, adding 9 answers, revising 14, and requesting comment by Mar. 9 on three new or revised answers.

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