Our special guest is Zarik Khan, Founder and Managing Director of Finsolute Advisors. Congress is now considering whether to enact the CCCA, a bill that would require credit card issuers with assets over $100 billion to include at least two possible network processors on each card. We first look at the roles of the various parties involved in a typical transaction in which a consumer makes a purchase from a merchant using a credit card. … Continue Reading
The Fed’s final rule implementing the Durbin Amendment (Regulation II) went into effect in October 2011. Nearly ten years later, the final rule is still provoking controversy in the form of a new lawsuit and proposed amendments to the rule and its official commentary.
The Durbin Amendment (Section 1075 of Dodd-Frank) authorized the Fed to issue regulations to ensure that the amount of any interchange fee received by a large debit card issuer (one with at least $10 billion of assets, together with its affiliates) is reasonable and proportional to the cost incurred by the issuer. … Continue Reading
Last week, Senator Dick Durbin, D-Ill., reintroduced a bill, the “Protecting Consumers From Unreasonable Credit Rates Act of 2019,” that would create a national interest-rate cap of 36% on consumer loans. The legislation would make all open-end and closed-end consumer credit transactions, including mortgages, car loans, and payday loans, subject to a 36% APR limit.… Continue Reading
The web has been abuzz about the letter that Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D. Il) and Jack Reed (D. RI) of the Banking Committee rather publicly sent to Raj Date last Thursday. Purportedly out of concern that banks will try to “sneak fees past” consumers after having mostly abandoned the monthly debit card fee program, Senators Durbin and Reed “urge[d]” the CFPB to “swiftly require financial institutions to post on their websites a standardized, concise and consumer-friendly disclosure form that lists the fees and key terms associated with checking accounts.”… Continue Reading