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Report: Agency crafted by Elizabeth Warren suffering low morale, distrust

The latest internal survey of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's workforce shows shockingly low employee morale and distrust of the agency's leadership, the Washington Times reports. The CFPB is the government's newest agency, which was established due to the advocacy of consumer protection advocate Sen. Show More Summary

This Week In Credit Card News: New Protections For Prepaid Cards, How Thieves Steal Gas

New Consumer Protections for Prepaid Cards The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is extending many of the financial protections of bank accounts to prepaid cards. New rules proposed Thursday by the federal regulator would require that prepaid card users be protected against fraudulent charges and provided with free monthly billing statements. Show More Summary

CFPB Orders ‘Buy-Here, Pay-Here’ Auto Dealer DriveTime To Pay $8M Penalty For Unfair Debt Collection Practices

For the first time in its existence the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau took action against a so-called “buy-here, pay-here” vehicle dealer, ordering the company to pay $8 million and fix its egregious ways. The CFPB announced today...Show More Summary

CFPB proposes new safeguards for prepaid cards

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wants prepaid card users to have the same protections folks get when they bank

The New Rules for Your Prepaid Cards

Americans are starting to use "reloadable" cards instead of checking accounts, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is taking notice.

Consumer Reports Ranks the Best and Worst Prepaid Cards

Getty Images Once known for a wide array of fees, the market for prepaid cards is changing as more companies dive in and the playing field evolves. On Wednesday, a day ahead of a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau hearing on new rules...Show More Summary

It's a Long Way From Texas to Toledo

Lead by the American Farm Bureau Federation, the U.S. agriculture lobby has relentlessly pushed back against new Environmental Protection Agency proposed rules for improving U.S. water quality. Through their "ditch the rule" campaign...Show More Summary

CPJ condemns FBI agent posing as AP journalist in criminal investigation

New York, November 7, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned by the revelation that a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent pretended to be an Associated Press reporter as part of a criminal investigation and calls on authorities to halt use of the tactic....

Treasury Dept. Urges Student Loan Servicers To Do A Better Job, Try Incentives

Hot of the heels of a report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau detailing how loan servicers trick consumers into paying more, top officials with the Department of Treasury implored the industry to fix their often nefarious...Show More Summary

Unscrupulous Debt Collectors Are Seniors Top Financial Peeve

Image Source/Getty Images When it comes to financial shenanigans, the top targets of senior citizens' complaints in this country are debt collectors, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reported Wednesday. Seniors commonly report...Show More Summary

CFPB Finds Older Consumers Face Illegal, Harassing Tactics From Debt Collectors

As if we hadn’t said it enough, but debt collectors are the worst, especially when they use illegal tactics to pry money from older American’s living on fixed incomes. A new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shines light on the issues older consumers face when it comes to their financial well-being. According to the report [PDF… [More]

Student Loan Servicers Tricked Borrowers Into Paying More, Made Illegal Collection Calls

As if student loan borrowers needed more bad news, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a report this week detailing how some student loan servicers have tricked consumers into paying higher fees and misrepresented balances...Show More Summary

FTC Needs to Make Sure Companies Aren’t Using Big Data to Discriminate

The ACLU filed comments today with the FTC urging it and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to investigate whether big data is being used in online marketing in ways that are racially discriminatory. If companies are in fact engaging...Show More Summary

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 17, 2014

On the Web: Do You Have Another Credit Card, Mr. President? - New York Times - “My credit card was rejected,” Mr. Obama said at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, making small talk as he signed an executive order aimed at protecting Americans from identity theft and credit card fraud. Show More Summary

Justice Department Rejects Key Reforms to FBI Whistleblower Regulations

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is considering an array of new procedures that may modestly improve protections for whistleblowers, however, the Justice Department rejected a number of key reforms that “whistleblower advocates” have...Show More Summary

Bank Of America Is America's Least Favorite Bank

By Daniel Jennings: Warren Buffett might be the only person out there who actually likes Bank of America (NYSE: BAC). BOA is America's most hated bank, according to information compiled by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB - the federal financial services watchdog. Show More Summary

Would you rather face RESPA-TILA disclosure rule, or zombie apocalypse?

The 1,888-page RESPA-TILA Integrated Mortgage Disclosures Rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and taking effect next year “isn’t a brain-eating zombie,” but “it certainly feels like a monster.” So say Ellie Mae’s Angela Cheek and John Haring in...

This Is A BFD: CFPB Shuts Down Incompetent Bank's Default Loan Services

Dave Dayen has a piece in the Financial Times that explains another reason Republicans want the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to fail: Because they can shut down bad banks in a way the Department of Justice can't: After This American...Show More Summary

Seib Video: White House Breach Hurts Trust in Government

Deep concerns about the Secret Service’s ability to protect the president have united lawmakers of both parties — but are also giving Americans another reason to lose trust in government. Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Seib discusses the concerns.

CFPB Brings The Hammer Down On Captives, Dealer Reserve

The hammer has fallen on captive automotive lenders, such as GM Financial, Ford Motor Credit and Toyota Financial Services: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau began officially asserting its authority over them as the feds and the lenders battle over allegations of discrimination in the latter’s loan products. Show More Summary

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