Weekly Topic Update (Apr 1 to Apr 7)

New York Fed's top candidate policies said to be similar to those of current leader

03/28/2018

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s frontrunner John Williams has a regulatory record similar to its current leader, suggesting continuity in the regulator’s relationship with Wall Street. Williams, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco president, and current New York Fed head William Dudley have both supported the restrictions on banks imposed after the 2008 bailouts, criticized executives for risk-management failures and sought to protect consumers. Read More

Source: Wall Street Journal

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03/26/2018

Research: Alternative lenders have higher approval rate, access to better data sources than banks

Medici Research • Lending • Commercial Lending • Industry News

Data by Medici research shows online lenders have a relatively better view of a small business' creditworthiness with access to alternative data sources, and therefore have the highest approval rates (55%-60%) among all lenders including large banks and community lenders. For example, Amazon, which has a clear view of a merchant's performance since it is listed with its platform, can gain a better understanding of its risk profile. Also, most of the high-quality borrowers are approaching banks, pushing alternative lenders to take on more risk. Medici says the most popular financing products for which small businesses tend to apply include lines of credit, business loans, credit cards and SBA loans.

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03/30/2018

Payday lenders would profit under Republican resolution

The American Prospect • Lending • Industry News

Payday lenders have seen their prospects improve under the Trump administration, especially with the latest resolution introduced in an attempt to defang the CFPB. The move is set to eliminate a rule which would obligate lenders to confirm that people can actually afford to repay their loans, originally set to go into effect in January but put on hold by the interim head of the CFPB. Senate Democrats have written a letter to bureau acting director Mick Mulvaney to keep the rule intact.

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03/28/2018

Securities regulator charges N.Y. brokerage for AML violations

MoneyLaundering.com (sub. req.) • AML BSA CTF • Industry News

Regulators laid charges against the chief executive and two former anti-money laundering compliance officers of a New York broker-dealer for failing to file suspicious activity reports on hundreds of low-priced securities.

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