Recently, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced the approval of two new credit scoring models, the FICO 10T and the VantageScore 4.0 for use by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the GSEs or Enterprises). Lenders will have a few years to implement use of the new models before being expected to report both scores on loans sold to the GSEs.… Continue Reading

In a new report on consumer credit trends, the CFPB looks at how recent changes to the public record data standards used by the “Big 3” consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) have affected consumers’ credit reports and  credit scores.  The data used in the report comes from the CFPB’s Consumer Credit Panel, which the report describes as “a longitudinal, nationally-representative sample of approximately five million de-identified credit records maintained by one of the three nationwide [CRAs].”… Continue Reading

The CFPB has published the following notices in today’s Federal Register:

  • Request for Information. Through the RFI, the CFPB seeks to learn more about consumers’ experience with access to free credit scores and the experience of companies and nonprofit credit and financial counseling providers offering their customers and the general public such access. 
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On October 5th, the CFPB published a notice announcing the CFPB Office of Financial Education’s intent to compile a list of companies offering existing customers free access to their credit score.  The CFPB’s stated intent in compiling this list is to educate consumers and help them make better informed financial decisions.  … Continue Reading

On July 3rd, the CFPB released a Report on the Use of Remittance Histories in Credit Scoring (the “Report”). Section 1073(e) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act required the CFPB Director to study the feasibility of and impediments to using remittance transfer information (i.e.Continue Reading

As a follow up to its July 2011 report on credit scores, the CFPB released the results of its study analyzing the differences between credit scores sold to creditors and those sold to consumers. Dodd-Frank required the CFPB to study those differences and whether they disadvantage consumers.  

The CFPB found that the credit score received by one out five consumers is likely to be “meaningfully different” than the score a creditor would receive for that consumer. … Continue Reading

Credit ScoresTwo days before its July 21 debut, the CFPB released a report on credit scores  that describes the industry and credit scoring process, examines the ways credit scores are obtained and used, and discusses the differences between scores obtained by consumers and creditors..  Dodd-Frank required the CFPB to study those differences and whether they disadvantage consumers. … Continue Reading