Written by Steve Van Beek
Last week, the CFPB proposed to push back the compliance date for the prohibition on single-premium credit insurance. The prohibition - located in the loan originator final rule - is slated to become effective June 1, 2013. The proposed rule would provide a temporary delay to the new rule. In short, there has been quite a bit of confusion since the final rule was issued - mostly due to CFPB's inclusion of examples in the preamble to the final rule.
In addition to the delay, the CFPB has indicated they will be issuing another proposed rule on this issue to gain additional feedback in hopes of clarifying the requirements:
"In light of the interpretive questions that have arisen since publication of the Final Rule, the Bureau intends to publish a new proposal to seek further notice and comment on the provision in June 2013. In that proposal, among other things, the Bureau plans to (1) seek public comment, including from industry stakeholders and consumers, regarding the applicability of the prohibition to transactions in which credit insurance premiums are charged periodically; and (2) propose a new effective date for § 1026.36(i), under which the provision would take effect some time after finalization of that proposal."
Until that future proposed rule, the CFPB is issuing this proposal to temporarily delay the June 1, 2013 deadline. Are we having fun yet?
FSOC Annual Report. The Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) recently issued their 2013 Annual Report detailing the activities of the Council, significant market and regulatory developments, and potential emerging threats to the financial stability of the United States. The report includes seven themes; however, notably absent is any discussion of regulatory burden on financial institutions. This is incredibly unfortunate as the FSOC has a statutory mandate from Dodd-Frank to facilitate coordination between federal regulators.