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Seth Welborn is a Harding University graduate with a degree in English and a minor in writing. He is a contributing writer for MReport. An East Texas Native, he has studied abroad in Athens, Greece and works part-time as a photographer.

Witnesses at House Committee Hearing Testify of Dodd-Frank’s Adverse Effects

Witnesses at a recent House Financial Services Committee hearing testified the Dodd-Frank Act has "reduced financial stability" and made Americans worse off financially in the controversial law's first five years of existence. The hearing, titled "Dodd-Frank Five Years Later: Are We More Stable?" was the first in a series of three full Committee hearings to examine the impact Dodd-Frank has had on American consumers and the country's financial system and economy since President Obama signed it in to law in July 2010.

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Tight Lending Standards Cause Credit Availability Index to Drop

The Total Mortgage Credit Availability Index (MCAI) decreased in June, indicating that lending standards are tightening, according to a release from the Mortgage Bankers Association on Tuesday. The Total MCAI, which was benchmarked to 100 in March 2012, declined by 0.5 percent in June down to 122.

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GuardianDocs Completes Calyx Software Integration

Document preparation service GuardianDocs, a division of Denver, Colorado-based domestic-based end-to-end mortgage services provider LenderLive Network, is seamlessly integrated with Calyx Software, a Dallas, Texas-based mortgage solutions provider for banks, credit unions, mortgage bankers, and brokers, according to an announcement from LenderLive Network.

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CUNA Asks CFPB to Further Delay TRID Effective Date Until January 1, 2016

The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) has asked the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to delay implementation of the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) Rule, also called the Know Before You Owe Mortgage Rule, until January 1, 2016. CUNA, which represents America's credit unions and their more than 100 million members, issued their request in the form of a comment submitted via email on CFPB's proposal that would delay the effective date of TRID until October 3, 2015.

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National Appraisal Congress Launches Subcommittee to Address Valuations Workforce Shortage

National Appraisal Congress (NAC) has announced the formation of the Society of Young Appraisal Professionals, an NAC subcommittee focused on addressing the declining workforce in the residential valuations space. The new subcommittee's focus will be on actively recruiting, educating, and promoting apprentice appraisers and on brainstorming ideas and developing solutions to help appraisers who have been in the valuation space for five years or less.

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Job Gains Reach 223,000 in June, While Wage Growth Slows

Job gains totaled 223,000 in June as the unemployment rate dipped to 5.3 percent, according to the June 2015 Employment Situation released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on Thursday. With June's payroll increase, the average monthly job gain for the last 12 months in the United States is 250,000. Job gains in April and May were revised downward to 187,000 and 254,000, respectively, which was a combined 60,000 lower than previously reported.

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CFPB Requests Comments on Enhanced Consumer Complaint Database

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has issued a request for information regarding its consumer complaint database after going live with an enhanced version of the database last week, according to the CFPB. The CFPB's new enhanced public-facing consumer complaint database, which went live on June 25, included more than 7,700 consumer accounts of complaints that consumers have had with financial companies with regards to the way their mortgages, accounts, credit cards, debt collection, and other services are handled.

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OCC Names Interest Rates and Compliance Among Riskiest Issues for Banks

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) listed interest rate, underwriting, strategic, compliance, and cybersecurity as the top supervisory concerns in the Semiannual Risk Perspective for Spring 2015 released Tuesday. Based on data that covers risks to banks and federal savings associations through the end of 2014, the report, which focuses on issues that post threats to the safety and soundness of OCC-regulated institutions, noted an overall decline in revenues in profitability for all OCC-supervised institutions. The four main areas of data presented in the report are operating environment, bank condition, key risk issues, and regulatory actions.

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House Subcommittee Holds CFPB Whistleblower & Discrimination Hearing

Witnesses presented new evidence at a recent House Subcommittee hearing that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) discriminated against its employees and retaliated against the whistleblowers. It was the fourth hearing in which the CFPB's employees or former employees have testified of discrimination and retaliation within the Bureau since the investigation of such allegations began in April 2014.

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