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Letter to Regulators: AFR, 10 Orgs Urge Treasury, FinCEN to Complete the Anti-Money Laundering Rule for Asset Managers
April 4, 2016 – 12:08 pm

“In this last year of the Obama Administration, this proposed rule deserves priority attention for strengthening a key U.S. defense against money laundering that furthers terrorism, drug trafficking, organized crime, and tax evasion. It would close a major, decade-old gap that has allowed hedge funds, private equity funds, and other big investment firms to accept substantial funds with no questions asked, to facilitate the transfer of offshore funds into the United States without determining their source, and to witness troubling transactions with no legal obligation to report them.”

Letter to Regulators: AFR Supports SEC Proposal to Restrict Derivatives Use at Mutual Funds
March 30, 2016 – 12:51 pm

“… for many years the SEC did not sufficiently address the ways in which Investment Company Act restrictions can be violated through the use of derivatives. The SEC’s basic approach to derivatives risk at funds was set out in a series of releases and no-action letters between 1979 and the late 1980s. The fundamental approach adopted at that time was based on ‘offsetting’ or ‘coverage’ – that is, if a fund segregates assets deemed sufficient to ‘cover’ a derivatives risk, or an offsetting derivatives exposure, then derivatives usage would not violate ’40 Act limitations.”

Letter to Regulators: Regulators Must Not Weaken Dodd-Frank Regulations in the Regulatory Review Process
March 24, 2016 – 2:44 pm

“On behalf of Americans for Financial Reform, we are writing with regard to your current review of bank safety and soundness rules under the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act of 1996 (EGRPRA) Notice #4 (December 23, 2015)… Reviewing these rules before they are finalized and while the process of implementation is still ongoing also carries the risk that the burden of implementation will be mistaken for the permanent effects of the rule.”

Letter to Regulators: Doing Better by Mortgage Applicants Who Are Not Fluent in English
March 24, 2016 – 10:45 am

“Allowing mortgage applicants to choose in which language they are most comfortable in communicating addresses a major problem of lenders and servicers working with limited English proficiency (LEP) populations and collecting this information through the URLA is the most comprehensive way to do so, because every mortgage borrower fills one out.”

Letter to Regulators: AFR Urges Federal Reserve and FDIC to Take Opportunity to End Too Big to Fail
March 22, 2016 – 11:38 am

“AFR sent a letter to banking regulators today concerning their review of bank resolution plans. The Dodd-Frank Act requires regulators to review these plans to ensure that major banks are no longer ‘too big to fail’ – that they can go through a conventional (Chapter 11) private bankruptcy in an orderly manner, without creating substantial economic disruption. “

Letter to Regulators: AFR Calls for Tougher Automated Trading Rules
March 18, 2016 – 12:24 pm

“[T]he proposed Reg AT is long overdue. At the same time, however, the self-regulatory approach taken here falls far short of a clear set of limits on the most dangerous and predatory practices made possible by automated trading technology.”

Letter to Regulators: AFR, 34 Orgs Press for Automatic Relief to Groups of Students Victimized by Predatory Practices
March 11, 2016 – 2:32 pm

“We are deeply concerned by the slow pace and small number of discharges that have been processed and that many of the Department’s proposals in the current negotiated rulemaking process move in the wrong direction, reducing eligibility for relief, pitting students against schools, and creating unnecessary burdens on students and the Department.”

Letter to Regulators: AFR, 50 Orgs Suggest Improvements to Dept of ED’s Proposed Complaint System
February 8, 2016 – 4:44 pm

“As advocates for students, consumers, veterans, faculty and staff, civil rights and college access, we believe the systematic tracking and reporting of student and borrower complaints is essential to providing quality customer service, ensuring college and loan servicer and collector accountability, and preventing waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer dollars.”