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‘Hundreds of millions of people’ may have had their text messages exposed online, researchers say

Some of your text messages may have been left exposed on the internet for the world to see. A database housing millions of private SMS text messages was left open online for an extended period of time, a team of researchers at the online privacy company vpnMentor said Sunday. The Texas-based text messaging firm TrueDialog is thought to be responsible for the leak, the cybersecurity experts said. The database contained access information to online medical services along with passwords and usernames to websites such as Google and Facebook.

What’s Behind the Subprime Consumer Loan Implosion?

OK, we’ve got a situation in subprime consumer loans. The delinquency rate on credit-card loan balances at the nearly 5,000 smaller commercial banks in the United States – this means all banks except the largest 100 – is blowing out, according to Federal Reserve data. In the third quarter, the delinquency rate at these banks rose to 6.25%. That’s higher even than during the peak of the Financial Crisis.

CFPB constitutionality case gets March date in Supreme Court

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments March 3 in a case that challenges the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), according to the high court’s calendar. The court agreed to take the case in October.   In Seila Law v. CFPB, a California debt collection law firm argues the CFPB’s leadership structure is unconstitutional, and therefore it should not have to comply with a civil investigative demand from the bureau.

The Future of the CFPB: the Executive Branch and Separation of Powers

On October 18, 2019 the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Seila Law v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). SCOTUS  will answer the question of “whether the substantial executive authority yielded by the CFPB, an independent agency led by a single director, violates the separation of powers,” and the Justices requested that the parties brief and argue an additional issue: “If the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is found unconstitutional on the basis of the separation of powers, can 12 U.S.C. § 5491(c)(3) [the for-cause removal provision] be severed from the Dodd-Frank Act?”

How Credit Unions Can Win The FinServ Innovation Game

In addressing the innovation gap that exists between credit unions and their larger financial institution (FI) brethren, credit unions (CUs) may be perceived to be at a disadvantage, at least when it comes to dollars.  At first glance, that gap may seem insurmountable in the age of mobile banking, where technology is a vital component of financial services.   The bigger the IT budget, it would seem, the more can be spent on bringing innovation to market that grabs consumers’ minds and wallets.

CFPB considering changes to loan originator compensation rules

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau revealed recently that it is considering making changes to the Loan Originator Compensation rule. Late last week, the CFPB released its semiannual regulatory agenda, which stated that the bureau is considering a rulemaking to “address certain concerns” about the LO Comp rule. According to the bureau, it has received feedback that parts of the LO Comp rule are “unnecessarily restrictive,” and is considering making some changes to address those concerns.

Stopping scams cold turkey

It’s the Business Blog equivalent of a Thanksgiving tradition: our annual reminder to share tips at your holiday gathering about avoiding those other kinds of turkeys – consumer scams. We’ve introduced you to the FTC’s interactive Age & Fraud Loss graphicon our Tableau Public page. As the green bean casserole bakes, take a moment to explore the page for advice tailored to family members of every generation.

US home prices rose 2.1% from a year ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices increased modestly in September from a year ago, as roughly seven years of rising home values have hurt affordability. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 2.1% in September from a year ago, up from a 2% annual gain in August, according to a Tuesday report. “For many buyers, the fall housing market provides several challenges and opportunities,” said George Ratiu, senior economist at realtor.com. “While lower financing costs and a rising number of new homes are welcome signs in a market parched for inventory, prices are still climbing and the number of existing houses in the affordable price range is down by double-digits.”

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Settles with Military Travel Lender and Servicer

Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) announced settlements with Edmiston Marketing, LLC, also called Easy Military Travel, its principal, Brandon Edmiston, and USA Service Finance, LLC (USASF). Easy Military Travel, which was located in Murray, Kentucky and is no longer operating, offered and extended financing for airline tickets to military servicemembers and their families and was owned and managed by Edmiston. USASF, which is located in Mayfield, Kentucky, is a company that services travel-related loans, including loans made by Easy Military Travel, for servicemembers. 

NAFCU’s 2019 Fed Report outlines challenges, recommends relief for CUs

The 2019 NAFCU Report on Credit Unions is now available online, detailing the latest issues and trends affecting credit unions as the industry continues to grow and strengthen, despite regulatory burdens and challenges. Members of NAFCU’s Board of Directors last week shared the results of the report during the association’s annual meeting at the Federal Reserve.