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Financial Institution Letters

August 22, 2014

Interagency Guidance Regarding Unfair or Deceptive Credit Practices

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FIL-44-2014 - PDF (PDF Help)


The FDIC, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) (collectively, the Agencies) are issuing guidance regarding certain consumer credit practices. The authority to issue credit practices rules for banks, savings associations, and federal credit unions was repealed as a consequence of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act); however, institutions should not construe the repeal to indicate that the unfair or deceptive practices described in these former regulations are permissible. These practices remain subject to Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Act.

Statement of Applicability to Institutions Under $1 Billion in Total Assets: This Financial Institution Letter applies to all FDIC-supervised financial institutions.



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