New - Yikes! The APR or APY is WRONG…Now What? - 2023
Recorded on May 18, 2023
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In banking, there are two “Truth” laws:
Congress passed these laws to ensure banks are being… well… truthful in the information they provide to customers. Congress made sure to cover both sides of the banking house: deposits accounts and loan accounts – and they were serious about it. After all, failure to be less than truthful – even inadvertently – causes consumer harm. Either the consumer isn’t earning the interest yield you told them they’d earn (APY), or they are paying a bigger interest rate than you told them they’d pay (APR).
That is a problem – both as a violation with the law itself, and also with UDAP. Lying is unfair and deceptive.
Of course, bankers aren’t in the business of lying, and we sure aren’t looking to swindle the customer. But we are human – and to err is human. Moreover, the calculations for both APR and APY are downright complicated. It can be difficult to even know you have a problem. A reliance on vendor software doesn’t solve anything either – many errors are a result of GIGO – garbage in / garbage out.
TILA has severe consequences for making APR / Finance charge errors and then failing to correct them. Indeed, it is no understatement that APR and FC understatements are to be taken seriously... civil and criminal liability is like that. So, it is imperative to get it right – APR and Finance Charge accuracy is the central theme of the Truth In Lending Act, which officially made it a law for creditors to honor what they disclose.
What are we to do?
Luckily, there are official and reliable calculators for your free use! The FFIEC maintains both APR and APY calculators, and they are most helpful. But I’ll be honest… they are also intimidating.
Plus, did you know there is a Joint Agency Statement of Policy from 1998 that remains the de-facto instruction guide for making APR / Finance Charge restitution?! Do you know what it says?
This two-hour session will give you the practical knowledge to confidently understand:
Walking step-by-step through a case study, you’ll come away with a better understanding of a subject that need not be intimidating. You’ll be able to answer these questions:
This is crucial information for you to know as a compliance professional. I’ve been on the front lines of compliance for 20+ years, and I’ve lived these things. I’ve implemented and been examined on these laws and have had to calculate restitution to reimburse real dollars back to the borrower. I have the perspective and insight to share!
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Compliance staff, lenders, loan reviewers, deposit operations staff, branch managers and auditors.
APR and FC violations - reimbursement step by step
APR Tool results printout
CFPB Exam Manual APR_FC Flowcharts
Excerpt from CFPB Exam Manual on TILA liability
FDIC Law Regulations Related Acts - Statements of Policy
Questions and Answers
Great training. Engaging presenter. Suggestion - could there be a run through of the APR calculator on a TRID loan? I feel this is where we currently strugg...Read More
Great training. Engaging presenter. Suggestion - could there be a run through of the APR calculator on a TRID loan? I feel this is where we currently struggle most. Thank you!Read Less