The CFPB proposed a new rule on September 17, 2014, that would enable the Bureau to oversee nonbank auto finance companies. With the proposal, the CFPB takes another step toward expanding its supervisory authority over nonbanks. The Bureau released the proposed rule along with a report on recent examinations of bank auto lending activities and a white paper describing its proxying methodology for imputing race and ethnicity when analyzing fair lending compliance on non-mortgage credit products.
On December 3, 2013, the CFPB issued a rule allowing the Bureau to supervise certain nonbank student loan servicers. Student loans represent the second-largest consumer debt market in the country after mortgage loans, and the two industries face similar problems. For instance, many consumers are seeking student loan modifications, just as many consumers are seeking mortgage loan modifications. In fact, the most common type of consumer complaint the CFPB has received about student loan servicing relates to borrowers trying to adjust their repayment terms in times of hardship. The CFPB estimates that 7 million student loan borrowers are in default on their debt. Read More