January 15, 2017

American Fair Credit 2017 Council Spring Conference Dates Announced Spring Conference to be held April 28th at the Avenue of the Arts Hotel in Costa Mesa, CA

Fort Lauderdale, FL – January 11, 2017 – The American Fair Credit Council (AFCC) announced today it will hold its spring conference April 28th at the Avenue of the Arts Hotel in Costa Mesa, CA. This year’s conference will highlight recent legislative and regulatory updates as well as technical sessions from leading industry stakeholders and leading industry consultants.

Highlights of the upcoming conference include a presentation by Robby Birnbaum, who will provide a legislative update and recap current regulatory enforcement actions working their way through the courts. Additionally, the association has retained a number a of speakers that will provide working sessions to help members learn more about emerging trends in the debt settlement industry.
January 12, 2017

American Fair Credit Council Spring Conference Dates Announced Spring Conference to be held April 17th and 18th at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in New Orleans, LA

Fort Lauderdale, FL – February 25, 2016 – The American Fair Credit Council (AFCC) announced today it will hold its spring conference April 17th-18th at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in New Orleans, LA. This year’s conference will highlight recent legislative updates and technical sessions from leading industry stakeholders, legislators and industry regulators.

Highlights of the upcoming conference include a presentation by Ohio State Senator Bill Seitz, (R-Cincinnati) and AFCC lobbyist Kurt Leib, partner at Capitol Advocates, who will provide a detailed update on a bill moving through the Ohio legislature relating to fee caps on debt relief services. Attendees will have an opportunity to hear from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Debt Collection Program Manager Mr. John McNamara, who will provide an update on the status of the agency’s debt collection rule-making initiative and how the enhanced regulatory scrutiny of the debt collection industry may impact the debt settlement industry.
January 11, 2017

American Fair Credit Council Files Formal Complaint with Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Ombudsman Regarding Inaccurate and Misleading Complaints Data

Fort Lauderdale, FL – January 11, 2017 – The American Fair Credit Council (AFCC), acting on behalf of the debt settlement service provider industry, has filed a formal complaint with the Office of the Ombudsman of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). This complaint was prompted by the November 29, 2016 CFPB Complaint Snapshot Report, VOL.17 (the “Snapshot Report”), which incorrectly reported that roughly half of the approximately 4,500 complaints handled by the Bureau in this area were attributable to companies providing debt settlement services.
September 16, 2015

Report Findings Validate Economic Benefits of Debt Settlement Programs for Consumers

Fort Lauderdale, FL – September 16, 2015 – The results of nine year study of consumers enrolled in debt settlement programs, commissioned by the American Fair Credit Council (AFCC) and performed by the Certified Public Accounting firm of Hemming Morse LPP, show consumers realize financial benefit and have a higher probability of success since regulatory reforms went into effect in 2010. The August 2015 study, the second of its kind and a follow up to the original study commissioned by the AFCC in 2012, addressed the outcomes of over 1.9 million consumer accounts enrolled in debt settlement programs by approximately 297,000 consumers from January 1, 2006 through March 31, 2015.
July 15, 2015

Goldman Sachs Plans to Offer Consumer Loans Online, Adopting Start-Ups’ Tactics

June 15, 2015 - New York Times - Goldman Sachs has spent 146 years largely as the bank of the powerful and privileged. Now the Wall Street powerhouse is working on a new business line: providing loans that can help you consolidate your credit card debt or remodel your kitchen.

While the new consumer lending unit is still in the early planning stages, Goldman has ambitious plans to offer loans of a few thousand dollars to ordinary Americans and compete with Main Street banks and other lenders.
June 15, 2015

Regulators Concerned With Consumer Threats Attempt Dialogue With Debt Collectors

June 15, 2015 - International Business Times - Law enforcement officials don't like it when debt collectors pretend to be cops in order to get consumers to pay them. Case in point: federal and state regulators earlier this year sued a Buffalo, New York, firm after collectors allegedly made numerous false threats to debtors and identified themselves on phone calls with pseudonyms such as “Detective Jeff Ramsay” and “Investigator Kearns.”

Last month, the Federal Trade Commission won a temporary restraining order against an outfit operating approximately 15 miles north of Buffalo in North Tonawanda, New York. The collectors in that case, the suit alleges, claimed to be calling from “The State Officials' Office,” and threatened to dispatch a “uniformed officer” to consumers’ homes or offices, as well as advised them to “secure any large animals or firearms on the premises.”
May 26, 2015

CFPB Pushes Back Expected Timeframe for Debt Collection Rulemaking

May 26, 2015 - ACA International - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has once again updated its regulatory agenda, including its plans for regulating the debt collection industry. The CFPB's recently released spring 2015 Regulatory Agenda is a voluntary update in conjunction with a broader initiative led by the Office of Management and Budget to publish a Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions across the federal government. Portions of the Unified Agenda will be published in the Federal Register, and the full set of materials is now available online.

In addition to debt collection activities, major initiatives involve mortgages, prepaid financial products, payday and other similar loans, overdraft services, defining auto lending larger participants and arbitration. The agenda categorizes rulemaking actions by stage as pre-rule, proposed rule, final rule, long term actions, or completed actions. The next semi-annual agenda, typically released in the fall, will reflect the results of further prioritization and planning.
April 21, 2015

5 Reasons New Lenders Are Ignoring FICO Credit Scores

April 21, 2015 - Forbes.com - For years, FICO credit scores have played a disproportionate role in our lives. FICO, which is used by 90% of lenders in America, determines whether or not we can be approved for a mortgage, auto loan or credit card. It is also used to determine how much we can borrow, and what interest rate we will have to pay if we are approved.

FICO uses data from credit bureaus to assign borrowers a score between 300 and 850. The best scores are given to people who always pay on time, have limited credit card debt and no negative collections activity, judgments or previous bankruptcy filings. People lose the most points for missing payments, receiving collection items or filing bankruptcy.