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The Federal Credit Union Act sets a 15 percent interest rate ceiling for federal credit unions but allows the NCUA Board to set a higher rate of interest for 18-month periods based on prevailing financial conditions.
If NCUA had not acted, the ceiling would have reverted to 15 percent, as required by the act, on March 11, 2014. Under the act, the NCUA Board is authorized to raise the ceiling to 21 percent.
However, increases of more than 15 percent may only occur if money market interest rates have risen in the past six months and disintermediation threatens the credit union system.
MLA DATABASE FEB. 15 DEADLINE
updated 02/09/16 08:00 AM
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Credit unions seeking a safe harbor under the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Military Lending Act (MLA) final rule will have two new options come Oct. 3, 2016: 1) A credit union may verify a borrower’s status on the DoD’s database, or 2) a credit union may use a consumer report obtained from a nationwide consumer reporting agency to determine whether a borrower is a “covered borrower.” Credit unions interested in utilizing the first option have until Feb. 15, 2016 to notify the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) of their intent. This may be done by emailing the MLA helpdesk at email@example.com.
CA PRIVACY NOTICES STILL REQUIRED
updated 02/02/16 08:35 AM
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The FAST Act made changes to federal annual privacy notice requirements. However, it did not change California privacy notification requirements, which are applicable to all financial institutions doing business in California. California state annual privacy notifications are still required, depending on what information is shared and with whom.