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Your Financial Institution's Role in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

4/24/2018

Human trafficking is much more prevalent than we’d like to believe. With over 600 human trafficking cases reported in 2017, Florida ranked 3rd among all states for reports according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline.  What can you do to combat this crisis?

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Advisory Insights: Financial Institutions - Options for Syndicated Loans

3/15/2018

One benefit of performing reviews of accounting operations for our Financial Institution (FI) clients is the chance to review a specific function that while infrequent, is unique to that client.

One such review is that of syndicated loans. These allow FIs to take part in large loans that they would otherwise not be able to originate alone. During a recent review of syndicated loans, the question was raised concerning the proper way to amortize purchase premiums or accrete purchase discounts. 

 

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Leadership in Your CommunityHow to Choose the Right Organization

3/13/2018

As a young professional moving back home to Pensacola over a year ago, I've had the opportunity to start from scratch in building my community involvement. Thankfully, I've found the community to be welcoming and appreciative of young professionals wanting to get involved. In fact, I would take it further to say the community truly embraces new and young professionals trying to make their way. Below are the pieces of advice provided by others that impacted my choices in determining where and how to get involved. 

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What's New? CFPB Releases New Five Year Strategic Plan

3/8/2018

On February 12, 2018 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its Strategic Plan for FY 2018-2022.  A lot has changed since the first five-year Strategic Plan for FY 2013-2017 was published.  

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Bank Regulation AlertHMDA Changes Force Update of CRA Public File Requirements

2/27/2018

Effective January 1, 2018 - The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) was amended on November 20, 2017 by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. The joint agency final rule revises the definitions of “home mortgage loan” and “consumer loan” to more closely align to the new revisions of the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA).  Both the HMDA and CRA revisions became effective January 1, 2018.

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No More Free Lunches... Or Rounds of Golf!Meal & Entertainment Expenses under the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act

2/21/2018

The provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will impact every individual and business. One of the provisions that has not been widely publicized but will have significant  impact is the new rules related to meal and entertainment expenses

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Branch Operations: Dual Control vs. Dual Presence

2/8/2018

Most branch environments have higher-risk areas that require dual control to access.  This is mainly because the theft or misappropriation of the contents in these areas could result in the financial institution suffering a loss.  Increased regulatory scrutiny is often applied to such areas.

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2018 HMDA FAQ: CRA Public File and Branch Disclosures

1/22/2018

Questions regarding the impact of the new HMDA regulation have been top of mind for our clients. Specifically, many of you have asked how the regulation affects CRA public file and branch disclosures. 

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CFPB Announcement: New Asset Size Thresholds

1/10/2018

Just three business days before the new year, on December 27, 2017 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released the following asset size thresholds for year 2018.

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Regulatory Update: Servicemember Lending

1/4/2018

Recently, new regulatory updates have been enacted that impact servicemembers and financial institutions. Stephen MacBeth explains how the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2018 signed into law by the President impacts servicemembers, while Sarah Oliver offers insight on the new and amended Q&As in the revised Interpretive Rule for implementing the Military Lending Act (MLA). 

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Avoid Fair Lending Risk! Track Pricing Exceptions

12/13/2017

The tracking and monitoring of pricing exceptions has long been an expectation of financial institution regulators. If you are not already tracking and monitoring these exceptions, you may want to consider implementing procedures to doing so.

 

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Storytelling Matters: Sharing Your CRA Efforts During Exams

12/6/2017

The single piece of CRA-related advice that we most often give our clients is to tell their story. We summarize some of the CRA issues common amongst our client banks, but later, we will share some of the more innovative and original ideas to have come from them.

 

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2018 HMDA Prep: Sample Sizes & Error Thresholds for Examiner Testing

11/16/2017

The guidelines detailed how HMDA Loan Application Register (LAR) data, collected beginning January 1, 2018 will be validated by examiners.  In this article, we elaborate upon two topics that should be of importance to compliance officers -- how the testing sample is selected and the specific thresholds for resubmission due to errors.

 

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Effective Now: New Third-Party Sender Registration Rule

11/3/2017

Attention all Originating Depository Financial Institutions (ODFI), the Third-Party Sender Registration Rule is now in effect. Janice Weisz, AAP, has provided key points to assist you through this registration process and make you aware of additional requirements to keep in mind once the initial registration process has been completed.  

 

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2018 HMDA Prep: Examiner Guidelines for Testing HMDA Data

10/31/2017

Jennifer Paradise, CRCM provides more information to help you in your HMDA Prep for 2018! The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) has issued HMDA Examiner Transaction Testing Guidelines for validating Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data collected in or after 2018. 

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Conference Prep: Don't Forget Networking Opportunities

10/26/2017

Seasoned conference pros know that every conference is an opportunity to network, whether you go to attend, exhibit, or both. Here are some networking tips to consider before, during, and after the conference.

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How to Help Your Customers Impacted by Hurricane Irma

9/14/2017

We have started getting questions from clients in affected areas about what assistance they should be providing customers in affected areas. What should you be doing to help your customers affected by Hurricane Irma? 

 

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Regulatory Tripwire! Home Equity Line of Credit Statement Format

9/7/2017

Although this topic is not new, it continues to surface from time to time. I want to share a reminder of the regulatory requirements for properly disclosing on the borrower's initial periodic statement for a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) the account-opening (start-up) fees paid out of the first advance.

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Identifying Third-Party Sender Relationships

8/17/2017

In a previous FAQ for the new NACHA rule, I addressed common concerns about the upcoming Third-Party Sender Registration rule, which takes effect on September 29, 2017. A key component of this rule is being able to properly identify Third-Party Sender relationships before the registration period begins. 

Many times, while performing audits, it is determined that the financial institution has customers acting as a Third-Party Sender and don’t even know it.  To help make sure that you are not one of those institutions, here is some information that describes what a Third-Party Sender is and some guidance on how to identify a Third-Party Sender, so you won’t be caught off guard. 

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Relief Regarding Shortage of Appraisers

8/8/2017

Sometimes I don’t know if I’m the only one to get the news or the last to get it. I like to think of it as the art of juggling. In my defense this has been sitting in a ‘to read’ pile for months, but still in my peripheral vision. 

Basically, the federal banking agencies and the NCUA provided options to address the shortage of state certified and licensed appraisers, specifically for lenders operating in rural areas. 

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Frequently Asked Questions: Targeting New NACHA Rule & Requirements

7/25/2017

If your financial institution is an Originating Depository Financial Institution (ODFI), make sure that you are aware, informed, and ready to register with the National Automated Clearing House Association (NACHA).  The new Third Party Sender Registration rule will come into effect September 29th, so let us help you prepare!

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions regarding the upcoming Third-Party Sender Registration Rule, and an updated registration link to access the NACHA Risk Management Portal!

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Navigating the Social Workplace

7/20/2017

Social media platforms are legitimate business tools; therefore, companies must place a high priority on developing social media etiquette.  Participating on your company’s social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, blogs, LinkedIn, etc) can benefit both you and your company.  

Here are some things to consider when you participate on your company’s social media platforms.

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Your Credit Report: Some Things in Life are Free

6/23/2017

Your credit history plays a key role in so many things (e.g., loan approvals, apartment leasing, job opportunities, etc.) that it's crucial to ensure the information in your credit report is correct.  You are entitled by law to a FREE copy of your credit report from all three consumer reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) every 12 months.  You can obtain the report in several ways!

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Working Remotely: Perks & Pitfalls

6/14/2017

So you want to work remotely?  Being able to work from home, out of the office, or off the job site sounds like a great idea, and it can be! But like anything else, it comes with unique perks and pitfalls of which you need to be aware.  Here are a few simple “Do”s and “Don’t”s to aid in your decision to work remotely and help you become successful at it.

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Bank Regulation Alert: Changes in CRA Notices

6/2/2017

Effective January 18, 2017 - The FDIC changed their CRA Notice model language (main office and all branch locations). If your primary regulator is the FDIC, please be sure to update your CRA lobby notices as soon as possible. Keep in mind these two things.

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