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Industry Insiders Respond to CFPB’s Nonbank Rule

On Thursday Consumer Financial Protection Bureau nominee Elizabeth Warren attended a virtual press conference, delineating six groups of nonbank companies that may soon fall under the agency's broad scope of authority. The agency is responsible for ensuring that both banks and nonbanks comply with consumer financial protection and fair lending laws, Warren said, reading from a prepared statement.

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Nearing Exit, Bair Shapes Legacy

Nearing the conclusion of her tumultuous five-year term, outgoing FDIC chairman Sheila Bair made moves to shape the legacy she leaves behind in July, making the case for sounder policies needed to head off the potential for a replay of the 2008 financial crisis as markets and industries move forward. Meanwhile, analysts fault a mixed legacy for Bair, citing the major roles she played in expanding the FDIC's power and passing crucial language in the Dodd-Frank Act. Bair is set to leave her post as FDIC chairman on July 8.

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PNC Financial Services Picks Up RBC

In a statement released Monday, banking giant PNC Financial Services Group revealed that it had acquired troubled Canadian firm RBC Bank for $3.45 billion in cash and stock, absorbing $25 billion in assets and re-branding over 400 branches across the southern United States. According to Bloomberg News, PNC anticipates $322 million in merger-related expenses, coupled with the addition of $19 billion in deposits and $16 in loans. Additionally, PNC expects to whittle down nearly $230 million, or 27 percent, of non-interest expenses for the bank after implementing administrative and operational changes.

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Warren Opens Nonbank Rule to Commentary

Seeking to dispel controversy surrounding recent rule-making efforts, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau nominee and Treasury Department adviser Elizabeth Warren attended a virtual press conference on Thursday to invite public commentary and uphold the agency's claim to sweeping powers under the Dodd-Frank Act. Warren briefly touched on the proposed definition for so-called ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├àÔÇ£larger participants,├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬Ø citing nonbank mortgage companies, payday lenders, and private student lenders as subjects that would fall under the rule.

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Lawmakers, Groups Challenge QRM Rule

Members of Congress linked arms with a broad coalition of community and professional associations to call for the reversal of a key provision in the Dodd-Frank Act, which critics charge will upend recovery in the housing markets, close the door on new homebuyers, and force borrowers to shoulder higher costs. The lawmakers and industry groups showed up in force at a press conference organized by the Coalition for Sensible Housing Policy, which plans to submit a white paper to authorities as official commentary.

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Analysts Fear FHA Shutdown in U.S. Default

With total U.S. debt soaring past $14 billion in May and negotiations over a controversial ceiling raise splintering at the highest levels, analysts worry that the Federal Housing Administration may shut down if the federal government defaults on August 2 -- a crisis scenario that would wreak havoc in housing markets, tightening the credit supply and spoiling a recovery. Analysts suggest that a default by the government would unfairly and adversely impact minority homeowners.

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New Home Sales Drop

The U.S. Census Bureau and HUD released data indicating southerly drifts for sales of new homes, revealing a 2.1 percent drop beneath the April rate of 326,000, 13.5 percent above the 281,000 estimates from May 2010.

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Chamber: FTC, CFPB Need Fine-Tuning

Concerned by the risk that new regulatory infrastructure may duplicate existing financial rules, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to the Treasury Department and Federal Trade Commission on Monday outlining recommendations to minimize overlap between the former and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Addressing Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz, the letter called for a Memorandum of Understanding in order to clarify and empower the FTC and CFPB.

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ABA, Mortgagebot Renew Alliance

Under a new agreement between American Bankers Association subsidiary Business Solutions and Mortgagebot, banks signed up with the former will have the ability to access solutions for their online mortgage applications.

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FHFA: House Prices Up in April

On Tuesday the Federal Housing Finance Agency reported a slight 0.8 percent rise in home prices from March to April, representing a positive note in a brittle housing market.

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