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Trustee Loss Mitigation Headquarters Raises Concerns

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and New York Attorney General Letitia James today announced they are filing a lawsuit against MoneyGram International, Inc. and MoneyGram Payment Systems, Inc. (MoneyGram)—one of the largest remittance providers in the U.S.—for systemically and repeatedly violating various consumer financial protection laws and leaving families high and dry. The lawsuit … Read more

The Lovable Credit Unions Have Some Hidden Devil

Credit Unions have a very loyal customer base. They are not-for-profit and owned by their members. As a result, they often offer lower interest rates. But there are some important differences between credit unions and banks regarding lending money. The Horrible Cross Collateralization Agreement Credit unions incorporate a “cross-collateralization agreement” in all loans except mortgages. … Read more

Capital One CEO Fined $.6 Million for Not Following the Law

Today, the Federal Trade Commission announced that Richard Fairbank, CEO of Capital One Financial Corp., will pay a $637,950 civil penalty to settle charges that his acquisition of Capital One Financial stock violated the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act. Fairbank’s recent multi-million dollar compensation package included over 100,000 Capital One Financial shares in 2018, which increased his … Read more

Tips for Finding a Lost Bank Account

Losing track of money might seem hard to imagine, but it’s actually not uncommon to forget about an old bank account or other source of money that is rightfully yours. It could be an account you opened a long time ago that, after one or two moves, became both out of sight and out of … Read more

Don’t You Wish Your Girlfriend Was A Freak – Saver!

There are hundreds of savings accounts on the market now, catering to all sorts of savers. Saving options are becoming more varied and accessible with the introduction of new financial technology companies. These solutions can start small by rounding up purchases to the next dollar and depositing that loose change into a more structured savings … Read more

Auto Loan Credit Repair Violations Lead to CFPB Settlement With Lender

Yesterday the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) issued a consent order against Santander Consumer USA Inc. (Santander) to address the Bureau’s finding that it violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The consent order was issued in connection with Santander providing erroneous consumer loan data to consumer reporting agencies (CRAs). Santander, a subsidiary of Banco … Read more

JPMorgan Chase Bank Wrongly Charged 170,000 Customers Overdraft Fees. Federal Regulators Refused to Penalize It.

Federal bank examiners considered levying fines and sanctions when JPMorgan Chase informed them last year that faulty overdraft charges caused by a software glitch had impacted roughly 170,000 customers. But the bank urged the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, or OCC, its chief regulator, to take less severe action, according to two people … Read more

Big Banks Pay Less Over Bad Acts When Trump Appointees Push Back

Since Donald Trump’s election, federal white-collar enforcement has taken a big hit. Fines and settlements against corporations have plummeted. Prosecutions of individuals are falling to record lows. But just how these fines and settlements came to be slashed is less well understood. Two settlements with giant banks over financial crisis-era misdeeds provide a window into … Read more