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On December 17, the OCC released revised interagency HMDA examination procedures for HMDA compliance. The revised examination procedures address changes made to the effective dates for banks meeting or exceeding either the closed-end mortgage loans or the open-end lines of credit loan-volume threshold in each of the two preceding calendar years. Effective July 1, 2020, a bank that “originated at least 100 closed-end mortgage loans in each of the two preceding calendar years, or originated at least 500 open-end lines of credit in each of the two preceding calendar years meets or exceeds the loan-volume threshold.” Effective January 1, 2022, the temporary 500 open-end lines of credit provision expires, and a bank that “originated at least 100 closed-end mortgage loans in each of the two preceding calendar years, or originated at least 200 open-end lines of credit in each of the two preceding calendar years” will now meet or exceed the loan-volume threshold. The revised examination procedures also outline changes to partial exemptions for an application or covered loan. A partial exemption applies to: (i) applications for originations of, and purchases of closed-end mortgage loans when the bank originated fewer than 500 closed-end mortgage loans in each of the two preceding calendar years, and (ii) applications for originations of, and purchases of open-end lines of credit provided the bank originated fewer than 500 open-end lines of credit in each of the two preceding calendar years.
Bulletin 2021-63 rescinds OCC Bulletin 2010-8, “Compliance Policy: Revised Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Examination Procedures,” as well as OCC Bulletin 2019-19, “Home Mortgage Disclosure Act: Revised Interagency Examination Procedures.”
On June 4, the CFPB released three documents to assist in the LIBOR transition before its anticipated cessation at the end of 2021. Highlights of the documents include:
- Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. The Bureau issued a proposed rule to amend Regulation Z to address the sunset of LIBOR, and to facilitate creditors’ transition away from using LIBOR as an index for variable-rate consumer products. For open-end products, among other things, the proposal would (i) require creditors to include in the change-in-terms notice the replacement index and any adjusted margin; (ii) add a LIBOR-specific provision allowing the LIBOR transition to occur on or after March 15, 2021, as opposed to the current rule’s “no longer available” standard; and (iii) allow creditors to elect a replacement index that is newly established and has no history, or is not newly established and has a history, if certain conditions are met. For closed-end credit, among other things, the proposal provides the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) recommended by the Alternative Reference Rates Committee (ARRC) as a “comparable index” to LIBOR. In conjunction with the proposal, the Bureau released a “Fast Facts” high-level summary and an unofficial redline.
- FAQ Guidance. The Bureau released FAQ guidance to address other LIBOR transition topics and regulatory questions that do not require amendments to Regulation Z. Among other things, the FAQs cover general regulatory implementation considerations and specific requirements related to adjustable rate mortgage and HELOC disclosures.
- CHARM Booklet. The Bureau released revisions to their Consumer Handbook on Adjustable Rate Mortgages (CHARM) booklet, which aims to help consumers better understand adjustable rate mortgage loan products. The revisions provide updates based on consumer testing and remove LIBOR-based rate examples.
On July 3, the New York governor signed SB 6100, which extends for an additional two years the existing provision of the banking law allowing licensed lenders to charge annual fees on open-end personal loans. Effective immediately, the law will now remain in full force and effect until June 30, 2021.