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The Investment Test: What Banks Need to Know

Banks have operated under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) for 31 years.  The CRA requires banks to help meet the needs of low- and moderate-income (LMI) persons and distressed geographies through lending, investment, and service.   Over this period, banks have responded in many creative and impactful ways to the needs of their communities, particularly in […]


OCC Downgrades Wells Fargo to ‘Needs to Improve’ in Latest CRA Exam

On March 28, 2017, Wells Fargo & Co announced (Bloomberg, March 28, 2017) that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) downgraded the firm in its assessment of the firm’s performance under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). Under CRA, depository institutions are evaluated to determine their responsiveness in meeting the needs of low- […]


Trend towards jumbo mortgages may raise risk exposure under Fair Lending, CRA

An article published by the Wall Street Journal (subscription required) on June 1, 2016 highlights a post-housing crisis trend towards jumbo mortgages within the mortgage market. The authors note that jumbo mortgages – home loans for amounts above $417,000 for most markets – allow lenders to satisfy one post-crisis mandate to take fewer risks within their portfolios, […]


CFPB Publishes 2015 Report on Consumer Complaints

On April 1, 2016, the CFPB published its 2015 Consumer Response Annual Report. This annual report summarizes trends the CFPB has identified from 271,600 complaints that it accepted from financial product consumers during 2015. These complaint data can be a useful source of insight for banks and lenders to identify general areas that require attention […]


Kansas City Lender to Pay 2.8 Million in Redlining Case with HUD

First Federal Bank of Kansas City has agreed to a $2.8 million settlement with the Department of Housing and Urban Development to resolve allegations of redlining in African-American neighborhoods.  As part of the conciliation agreement, First Federal agreed to originate $2.5 million in loans in majority African-American census tracts over a three-year period.  The settlement  also […]