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Avoid Regulation DD Pitfalls When Disclosing Introductory Rates

By | February 15, 2018

Retail bankers have to confront a robust stock market, aggressive deposit acquisition strategies from growing firms, and maybe more than three Fed rate increases coming in 2018. Increasingly more creative methods are being used to attract deposit dollars. One such method is offering higher introductory rate products to catch attention while still holding down the …

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FinCEN Finalizes New SAR

By | February 13, 2018

FinCEN announced updates to the Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) filing format in a notice to e‐filers. The announcement says that the revisions adhere to the changes listed in FinCEN’s February 2, 2017 Federal Register notice and will be live in June 2018. In these new filings, batch submissions will have to be made in an …

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Combating Elder Financial Exploitation

By | February 8, 2018

On August 30, 2017, FinCEN issued a memorandum titled “Memorandum on Financial Institution and Law Enforcement Efforts to Combat Elder Financial Exploitation.” Elder Financial Exploitation is the improper use of an older person’s funds or assets. Assets can also include the older person’s property or belongings. When an older person is being exploited, it often …

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CFPB Releases HMDA‐LAR Reporting Tool

By | February 6, 2018

On Thursday, February 1, 2018, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a statement indicating that the 2018 HMDA LAR Formatting Tool is now available. The tool, which is available here, is for use by those institutions not currently using an automated system for processing their HMDA LAR. Under the new HMDA reporting rules, an …

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What is the Cloud?

By | January 29, 2018

It’s not atmospheric, but the term is banner‐like: sky-borne and all powerful. Before we can discuss the hot topic of shared multi-tenant environment risk in our next article, we need to take a step back and address, “What is Cloud Computing?” Sure, the cloud is out there, somewhere in the unknown, or most likely hidden …

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Government Shutdown—National Flood Insurance Program Affected

By | January 26, 2018

Washington pulled through with a temporary compromise on extending government funding on Monday, thereby continuing to fund many “non‐essential” services and programs – one of which is the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). However, this provides us with a three week window and if additional compromises or an agreement is not made we may find …

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Last‐minute 2018 HMDA Clarifications

By | January 17, 2018

The long-awaited deadline to begin collecting 2018 HMDA data is here! Banking agencies have issued HMDA guidelines on data testing and additional information on HMDA data collection. Also, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has clarified some interpretations as it has worked through numerous questions via phone calls and emails from filers. One of the …

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Stunning Reversal by DOJ on Marijuana Enforcement

By | January 11, 2018

On January 4, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a Memorandum which reverses the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) stance on enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act as it relates to medical and recreational marijuana that is legal at the state level. How this will impact federal prosecution of the marijuana industry is uncertain, but the …

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Never Too Much BSA Training

By | January 8, 2018

With new leadership at the CFPB, OCC and FDIC, one may put training expenditures on the back burner thinking regulatory relief may make training not an every‐year mandate. Until you see relief in a regulation or rule change, don’t make any assumptions because training exceptions are BSA Pillar violations. Remember, a pillar violation can trigger …

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Fraudsters Expose Identification Weaknesses

By | January 4, 2018

An old scam targeting financing institutions is gaining new traction as data breaches become increasingly common and more information is freely available via social media. Banks are reporting increased occurrences of fraud targeting home equity lines of credit (HELOCs). Using a spoofed caller ID, a hacked email account or a faxed request, the fraudster requests …

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