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THE CFPB'S STANCE ON 'KICKBACKS'
updated 07/22/13 08:48 AM
CU Digest Looks at the Implications
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced enforcement actions in April against four national mortgage insurance companies for allegedly engaging in "kickback" arrangements with mortgage lenders in violation of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974 (RESPA).

The CFPB alleges that, in exchange for valuable business referrals from the mortgage lenders, the mortgage insurers purchased reinsurance from subsidiaries of the mortgage lenders (also known as "captive reinsurance arrangements").

The reinsurance was "essentially worthless," according to the CFPB, resulting in millions of dollars in profits to the mortgage lenders.

Click here to continue reading about RESPA, certain enforcement actions, and the implications for credit unions within the latest Legal column on page 17 in the June/July edition of Credit Union Digest!

                           
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LEADERS ENGAGE WITH STATE LAWMAKERS updated 04/15/14 09:44 AM
Card Security a Hot Topic
Credit union professionals and volunteers took a stand for their members in Sacramento from April 7-8 during the California Credit Union League’s 2014 Government Relations Rally (GRR)—an event that attracted more than 75 attendees and helped build relationships with state legislators.

CO-OP ANNOUNCES SHAREHOLDER DIVIDEND updated 04/14/14 01:37 PM
Patronage Pool of $30.5 Million
CO-OP Financial Services has announced a shareholder dividend pool of $30.5 million for 2013—a 17 percent increase from 2012. Since becoming a credit union-owned cooperative in 1996, CO-OP’s total shareholder patronage has been $284.8 million.

DBO REPS ADDRESS 'CUOLI' INVESTMENTS updated 04/14/14 01:05 PM
State CU Update Given
California Department of Business Oversight (DBO) Commissioner Jan Owen and Deputy Commissioner of Credit Unions Erick Orellana gave attendees an overview of the department during the California Credit Union League’s 2014 Government Relations Rally (GRR) last week in Sacramento and welcomed questions from attendees.

CONGRESSMEN CONCERNED OVER RBC RULES updated 04/09/14 01:18 PM
Questions Arise During Hearing
Reps. Ed Royce, R-CA, and Brad Sherman, D-CA, questioned National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) General Counsel Mike McKenna on the effectiveness of the NCUA's proposed risk-based capital rule during a House Financial Services Committee hearing last week.