2023

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The Importance of Compliance in the Collections Industry

Optio Solutions

Optio Solutions, a prominent player in the industry, has positioned itself at the forefront of compliance efforts, setting a gold standard for collections agencies. Compliance is not just a legal requirement but also a crucial element for long-term success in the collections industry, and for our clients, brand protection. Compliance: A Legal and Ethical Imperative… The post The Importance of Compliance in the Collections Industry appeared first on Optio.

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Small-Business Trends: 6 Predictions for 2023

Nerd Wallet

Randa Kriss writes for NerdWallet. Email: rkriss@nerdwallet.com. The article Small-Business Trends: 6 Predictions for 2023 originally appeared on NerdWallet.

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Debt Collector to Shut Down Under Enforcement Order with CFPB

Account Recovery

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today announced that a medical debt collector — Commonwealth Financial Systems in Pennsylvania — is being shut down for failing to conduct reasonable investigations and failing to inform the credit reporting agencies that debts were being disputed by consumers.

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CFPB Orders Bank of America to Pay $12 Million for Reporting False Mortgage Data

Consumer Finance

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today ordered Bank of America to pay a $12 million penalty for submitting false mortgage lending information to the federal government under a long-standing federal law.

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How Collection Agencies Minimize Effort and Maximize Results with the Right Software

Navigating collections in the dynamic financial landscape presents multifaceted challenges. Organizations face pressures to maintain standards alongside software challenges like regulatory adaptations, data integration, security, workflow optimization, and automation. Finding the right software can save time and money. BEAM offers a comprehensive solution with specialized modules to streamline debt collection effortlessly.

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Does Paying Off Collections Improve Your Credit Score?

Credit Corp

Many or all of the products featured here are from our partners who compensate us. This may influence which products we write about and where and how the product appears on a page. However, this does not influence our evaluations. Your credit score may improve if your collection debt is reported to a new credit scoring model—FICO 9®, FICO 10®, VantageScore 3.0® or VantageScore 4.0®.

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New FHFA Credit Score Rules Could Broaden Homeownership Access

Nerd Wallet

Kate Wood writes for NerdWallet. Email: kwood@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @[link]. The article New FHFA Credit Score Rules Could Broaden Homeownership Access originally appeared on NerdWallet.

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When Banks Can Refuse Lending to BIPOC Families, We Need Our Laws to Factor in Race

Prosperity Now

The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), enacted in 1977, is a key piece of legislation meant to ensure that underserved communities get equitable access to credit. In late October, the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency issued a final rule updating the regulations governing the CRA—the first such reform in over 25 years.

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July Launch Announced for the Federal Reserve’s FedNow Nationwide Payment System

Troutman Sanders

The Federal Reserve issued a press release announcing its plans for a July debut of FedNow , its service “to facilitate nationwide reach of instant payment services by financial institutions.” As previously discussed here , the FedNow service will provide individuals and businesses the ability to send and receive instant payments through the Federal Reserve’s Fedline® network at any time of day seven days a week.

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Applying the Barton Doctrine, the Fifth Circuit Deepends Its Schism with the Eleventh

PBWT

In a recent per curium opinion, the Fifth Circuit recommitted to its practice of dismissing claims against court-appointed fiduciaries when plaintiffs fail to obtain permission before bringing suit. The court rested its decision on the Barton doctrine, which other courts, including the Eleventh Circuit, have found inapplicable in similar circumstances.

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From Complexity to Clarity: Strategies for Effective Compliance and Security Measures

Speaker: Erika R. Bales, Esq.

When we talk about “compliance and security," most companies want to ensure that steps are being taken to protect what they value most – people, data, real or personal property, intellectual property, digital assets, or any other number of other things - and it’s more important than ever that safeguards are in place. Let’s step back and focus on the idea that no matter how complicated the compliance and security regime, it should be able to be distilled down to a checklist.

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Can an Insurance Broker Be Liable if a Loss Is Not Covered by Insurance?

Jimerson Firm

What happens when, due to a negligent error by the insurance broker, a business suffers property damage that is either not covered, or not fully covered, by what the insured thought was an insurance policy they purchased through the broker to cover the risk? Can the insured look to its insurance broker to cover the uninsured loss? In certain types of circumstances, the answer may be yes, and the insurance broker may be found liable to the insured for such an uncovered loss.

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Where Can I Use My FSA Card?

Payment Savvy

Paying for healthcare expenses out of pocket can be a huge burden, especially if you are dealing with a chronic illness. According to various studies, medical expenses are the leading cause of bankruptcy in the United States. But if you have an FSA card, you can use it to help cover eligible health expenses. What Is an FSA Card? A flexible spending account (FSA) card is a special debit card that allows you to pay for approved healthcare expenses using the pre-tax money you’ve contributed t

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Asset-Driven Approaches in NPL Management & Collections Tech

Qualco

During a tightening cycle, central banks worldwide raise interest rates in an attempt to curb inflation. As a result, loan borrowers with floating rates, also referred to as adjustable or variable rates, face higher monthly payments due to increased interest expenses. Consequently, non-performing and performing forborne exposures become more vulnerable to distress or default.

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Brand Protection in the Collections Industry

Optio Solutions

Reputation is everything. This truth holds even more significance in industries where negative press can have far-reaching consequences. The collections industry is no exception. In an environment where bad press is the last thing anyone desires, brand protection is a paramount concern. In this landscape, adhering to regulations is crucial, and at Optio Solutions we… The post Brand Protection in the Collections Industry appeared first on Optio.

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When It Comes to Collections Software, “Good Enough” Isn’t Good Enough

Are you finding some snags in your collections process? With delinquencies, and the number of consumers looking for payment assistance on the rise, it may be time to consider an efficient cloud-based software to support your team. Learn how MeridianLink® Collect has helped financial institutions like yours streamline collections processes.

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CFPB and Justice Department Issue Joint Statement Cautioning that Financial Institutions May Not Use Immigration Status to Illegally Discriminate Against Credit Applicants

Consumer Finance

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Justice Department today issued a joint statement that reminds financial institutions that all credit applicants are protected from discrimination on the basis of their national origin, race, and other characteristics covered by the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, regardless of their immigration status.

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Average Car Payment in the U.S. [2023]

Credit Corp

Many or all of the products featured here are from our partners who compensate us. This may influence which products we write about and where and how the product appears on a page. However, this does not influence our evaluations. The average monthly car payment for new vehicles in the United States is $725, and $516 for used vehicles. New car payments are up 11.5% year-over-year and used car payments are only up 2.2%.

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FDCPA Suit Filed Over ‘Settlement’ Offer Made on Time-Barred Debt

Account Recovery

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is part of a series that is sponsored by WebRecon. WebRecon identifies serial plaintiffs lurking in your database BEFORE you contact them and expose yourself to a likely lawsuit. Protect your company from as many as one in three new consumer lawsuits by scrubbing your consumers through WebRecon first. Want to learn more?

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Home Shoppers to Face High Rates, Economy With Resolve

Nerd Wallet

Elizabeth Renter writes for NerdWallet. Email: elizabeth@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @elizabethrenter. The article Home Shoppers to Face High Rates, Economy With Resolve originally appeared on NerdWallet.

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10 Ways to Improve Payment Collections with Salesforce

For finance teams using Salesforce’s powerful CRM technology, automation can transform accounts receivable processes, driving efficiency and delivering measurable results like cost savings, reduced customer churn, and lower DSO.

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The Year of Transition: An Interview with Bonnie Tiernan of Crisis Assistance Ministry

Prosperity Now

Crisis Assistance Ministry has been a long-time Prosperity Now partner working to close the racial wealth gap in Charlotte, North Carolina. We interviewed Bonnie Tiernan, the organization’s Civic Engagement Manager to learn more about the organization, its successes, and challenges. Tell us some background about yourself – how did you get started with your organization?

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New York Bans Reporting of Medical Debt Effective Immediately

Troutman Sanders

On December 13, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law S4907A , which prohibits hospitals, medical providers, or ambulance services from providing negative information about medical debt to consumer reporting agencies (CRAs). The law also requires that these entities include a provision in their contracts with collection agencies prohibiting the reporting of any portion of a medical debt to a CRA.

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Introducing the Brown & Joseph Web Portal 2.0

Brown and Joseph

Our Clients’ Gateway to an Enhanced Experience We are thrilled to announce the launch of the Brown & Joseph -ARMStrong- Web Portal 2.0—an exciting and… The post Introducing the Brown & Joseph Web Portal 2.0 appeared first on Brown & Joseph, LLC.

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Tips and Best Practices for a Successful Deposition

Jimerson Firm

Getting Your Deposition Taken The thought of sitting for a deposition, whether you’re a litigant or a third-party witness, can be quite daunting, especially if you’ve never been through the process before. Keep in mind, however, that a deposition is simply part of the fact-finding process. The purpose of a deposition is for the deposing attorney to learn facts about the case.

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Connect, Care, Convert: Secrets to Establishing Trust with Niche Markets and Turning Them Into Clients

Speaker: Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach®

Niche markets represent a huge opportunity for the financial services industry in America. From college students and women to communities of color and low-to-moderate-income households, niche populations have specialized financial needs – but they often underutilize many valuable financial products and services. How can you better connect with these consumers?

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What Industries Are Recession Proof?

Payment Savvy

While it is by no means a pleasurable experience, the simple truth of the matter is that recessions are a part of life and something we should accept as an occasional occurrence. We are going to face them once in a while – there is no avoiding that fact. Depending on your perspective (and at the risk of sounding a little existential), the very fact that recessions are inevitable at some point means we are always approaching one.

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4 Steps to Customer Service Automation: Transformative Use Cases in Telecom, Energy & Utilities

Qualco

What is Business Process Automation Business Process Automation (BPA) has been on an upward trend, rapidly transitioning from a mere direction to an absolute business necessity. Designed to speed up recurring, manual, and complex tasks, BPA enhances efficiency and empowers organisations to seamlessly streamline processes, from employee onboarding to accounts payable, contract management, and beyond.

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How does the automatic stay protect creditors and debtors?

Roths Child Law

Filing for bankruptcy is a significant decision that can be simultaneously stressful and a source of relief for those who choose this path. When someone files for bankruptcy, an essential provision called the automatic stay comes into play. This turn of events is fundamental to the bankruptcy process. Bankruptcy is a complex procedure that aims to give debtors a fresh start while ensuring creditors get as much repayment as possible.

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CFPB Proposes Rule to Jumpstart Competition and Accelerate Shift to Open Banking

Consumer Finance

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed a rule that would accelerate a shift toward open banking, where consumers would have control over data about their financial lives and would gain new protections against companies misusing their data.

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Successful Change Management with Enterprise Risk Management

Speaker: William Hord, Vice President of ERM Services

A well-defined change management process is critical to minimizing the impact that change has on your organization. Leveraging the data that your ERM program already contains is an effective way to help create and manage the overall change management process within your organization. Your ERM program generally assesses and maintains detailed information related to strategy, operations, and the remediation plans needed to mitigate the impact on the organization.