BRIEFLY: NCUA Board sets Nov. 19 meeting agenda; FL gains a state charter; Fed nominees to get vote; Payment reporting grew for mortgages, fell for credit cards, CFPB report finds

(Nov. 13, 2020) The NCUA Board has scheduled a 2020 budget update and reprogramming, as well as an item on the agency’s rules and regulations, “Capitalization of Interest” as agenda items for its Nov. 19 regular monthly meeting. Other items on the agenda for the meeting, set to begin at 10 a.m. ET and to be streamed live via the Internet, are board briefings on the quarterly performance of the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF) and on the state of credit union diversity, including the 2019 Credit Union Diversity Self-Assessment … The FL Office of Financial Regulation recently approved Nov. 1 the conversion of Panhandle FCU of Panama City to a state charter; the institution holds more than $263 million in assets … Controversial Federal Reserve Board NomineeJudy Shelton – criticized by some for her past views on reinstituting the gold standard, questioning the effectiveness of federal deposit insurance, and the Fed’s independence from political influence – will receive a confirmation vote as early as next week. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said Thursday she would vote for Shelton, meaning there are now enough votes among Republicans to approve her confirmation; all Democrats have vowed to reject her nomination. A vote for fellow Fed Board Nominee Chris Waller has not been scheduled, although his nomination has received little if any opposition. There is no word, yet, on a vote for NCUA Board Nominee Kyle Hauptman … Actual payment “furnishing” (or information on payments sent to consumer credit reporting agencies from financial institutions) grew steadily for mortgage, auto and student loans between 2012 and 2020, according to a report issued Thursday by the CFPB, reaching more than 90% of credit accounts. On the other hand, over the same period, the bureau said payment furnishing for credit card and retail revolving loan accounts fell to 40% of accounts. The bureau said the information in its report is used to determine whether consumers are approved for credit and the interest rates and terms consumers receive. “Financial institutions’ decisions regarding which data elements within a consumer’s credit account to furnish to consumer reporting agencies have important implications for which factors lenders can use to evaluate potential and existing borrowers,” the report states. It added that “describing trends in furnishing practices can help deepen policymakers’ and market participants’ understanding of the consumer reporting system’s key role in consumer access to credit, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic when credit standards have tightened and there has been increased strain on consumer finances.”

New report explores the prevalence of actual payment information in consumer credit reporting