Washington, D.C. — The CFPB today launched a request for information on fees charged by financial firms. BPI and a broad coalition of trade associations representing both banks and credit unions, including American Bankers Association, Consumer Bankers Association, Credit Union National Association, Financial Services Forum, Independent Community Bankers of America, National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions and National Bankers Association issued the following statement in response:
The CFPB’s new Request for Information on fees is a misguided effort that paints a distorted and misleading picture of our country’s highly competitive financial services marketplace. Multiple federal laws and the CFPB’s own rules already require banks, credit unions and other providers of consumer financial services to disclose terms and fees in a clear and conspicuous manner, and our members do so each and every day. Consumers in this country know they have a wide range of choices when it comes to financial services products, and those businesses compete every day, including on fees. We look forward to responding to this Request for Information with facts and perspective sadly lacking from today’s announcement.
About Bank Policy Institute.
The Bank Policy Institute (BPI) is a nonpartisan public policy, research and advocacy group, representing the nation’s leading banks and their customers. Our members include universal banks, regional banks and the major foreign banks doing business in the United States. Collectively, they employ almost 2 million Americans, make nearly half of the nation’s small business loans, and are an engine for financial innovation and economic growth.