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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.

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  • Single Director, Not a Commission, Should Head Consumer Financial Agency
    Published: Jun 7 2010      Issue: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

    The Consumer Financial Protection Agency should be headed by a strong, independent-minded director, rather than a five-member commission, to ensure that the Consumer Financial Protection Agency is...

  • The Consumer Financial Protection Agency Should Be Independently Funded
    Published: Jun 7 2010      Issue: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

    To ensure that the CFPA is independent of the industry it is trying to regulate, Congress must ensure that the funding source remains independent of political pressure.

  • Racial Disparities in Auto Lending
    Published: May 4 2010      Issue: Auto Financing, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

    A brief by the National Consumer Law Center shows state-by-state markups on auto loan rates by race, revealing wide disparities between costs for African-American and white car buyers.

  • All Auto Financing Should be Covered by the Consumer Watchdog
    Published: Apr 29 2010      Issue: Auto Financing, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

    Consumer Advocates and The Pentagon Call for all Auto Dealer-Lenders to be Covered by Consumer Watchdog.

  • Myths vs. Facts about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
    Published: Apr 23 2010      Issue: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would actually reduce regulatory burden while increasing safety and soundness and making loans more affordable.

  • Myths vs. Facts about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
    Published: Apr 23 2010      Issue: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would actually reduce regulatory burden while increasing safety and soundness and making loans more affordable.

  • Essentials of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
    Published: Apr 16 2010      Issue: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

    Here's a quick reference on what the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would do, what it wouldn't do, and the most important parts of proposed financial reform legislation to help ensure strong...

  • Why a Federal Consumer Protection Watchdog Matters to the States
    Published: Apr 16 2010      Issue: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

    Financial companies are lobbying hard to strip states' rights to make and enforce consumer protection rules, but states must stay on the front lines of fighting predatory lending.

  • Military Coalition Letter to Senate Banking re Car Dealer Exemption from CFPB
    Published: Apr 15 2010      Issue: Auto Financing, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

    The Military Coalition expressed opposition via letter to the Senate Banking Committee about exempting car dealers from the financial reform bill on April 15 2010. The Department of Defense wrote a...

  • No Carve-Outs for Auto Dealers
    Published: Apr 12 2010      Issue: Auto Financing, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

    Car Lenders Must Be Covered by the CFPA.

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