CFPB – "Regulation by Enforcement," or Business as Usual?

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The Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPB) does not provide guidance to the financial institutions it regulates. Instead it has evolved into a regime of “regulation by enforcement.” At least that is the conclusion of a white paper written for the Mortgage Bankers Association by its counsel at the law firm of Covington & Burling, LLP. The paper, titled CFPB 2.0: Advancing Consumer Protection, looks at the performance of the agency during its first five years and takes a particularly jaundiced view of Director Richard Cordray’s promises for the agency versus its perceived performance. “The CFPB has done well where it’s developed rules that focus on the worst excesses of the pre-crisis market,” said David H. Stevens, President and CEO of MBA. “However, the Bureau has too-often opted for…(read more)

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