Research & Analysis
CRL conducts in-depth research on the extent and impact of predatory lending to provide useful information to consumers, community advocates, and policymakers, like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. We also share our market and legal knowledge with advocates and the CFPB in hopes of reforming lending practices. Below you will find CRL's CFPB research and policy analyses, including our testimony and comment letters to the bureau.
- Poll Shows Strong Consumer Support for Financial Regulation
September 11, 2013
Over 90 percent of likely voters support financial regulation.
- CRL to Senate Banking Committee: Confirm CFPB's Cordray
March 19, 2013
- CRL Comments to CFPB 0n Proposed Remittance Transfer Rule
January 29, 2013
Comments submitted by CRL and National Council of La Raza concerning the proposed revision of theConsumer Financial Protection Bureau to its final rulemaking onremittance transfers under the Electronic Fund Transfers Act (EFTA).
- Comment to CFPB: The financial exploitation of older Americans
August 20, 2012
CRL told the CFPB of abusive financial practices against older Americans. More than 13 million older adults live on $21,800 a year or less. Further, the average credit card debt for these consumers is now more than $9,000 – the highest average balance of any group.
- No Credit Crunch: The CFPB and Consumer Access to Credit
July 24, 2012
Mike Calhoun, CRL President, testified that lack of regulation led to the foreclosure crisis. The Dodd-Frank reforms and CFPB are important reforms to prevent a future housing crisis, and will be good for consumers and the safety and soundness of our consumer finance system. Testimony was before a subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
- CRL's Testimony: A National Payday Charter Is A Bad Idea
July 24, 2012
Testimony of Kenneth W. Edwards Vice President of Federal Affairs, Center for Responsible Lending, before the House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit in regards to hearing on Examining Consumer Credit Access Concerns.
- New Poll Shows Continued Broad Support for Financial Reforms and Consumer Protections
July 18, 2012
- CRL Remarks at CFPB Credit Reporting Field Hearing
July 16, 2012
Remarks by Bill Sermons, Research Director Center for Responsible Lending before the Credit Reporting Field Hearing convened by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Detroit, Michigan on July 16, 2012.
- Comments on Qualified Mortgages to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
July 9, 2012
The Center for Responsible Lending, Consumer Federation of America and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights responded to the CFPB's request for comments on qualified mortgages. Much of the comment letter focuses on an appropriate "bright line" debt-to-income ratio standard for QMs. Setting a narrow debt-to-income ratio for QMs would unnecessarily exclude a large share of borrowers from QM protections. This letter supports setting a baseline debt-to-income ratio on QMs while also giving lenders flexibility to go above it by considering other "compensating factors" that affect a borrower's ability to handle a loan successfully.
- Comments to CFPB on Overdraft Practices
July 6, 2012
CRL joined with CFA and NCLC to provide the CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) with documentation of bank overdraft practices and their impact on consumers. The CFPB should stop banks from reordering transactions and should prohibit overdraft fees on debit card transactions, which can easily be declined at no cost.