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We study how consumers interact with financial products and services to help identify potential problems in the marketplace and achieve better outcomes for all. Review our reports and analyses to help inform your decisions, policies, and practices. And, see reports that we periodically prepare about the Miss April.

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Published Category: Supervisory Highlights

Supervisory Highlights: Summer 2017

In this issue of Supervisory Highlights, we report examination findings in the areas of auto finance lending; credit card account management; debt collection; deposits; mortgage servicing; mortgage origination; service providers; short-term, small-dollar lending; remittances; and fair lending. As in past editions, this report includes information about recent public enforcement actions that were a result, at least in part, of our supervisory work. The report also includes information on the Bureau’s use of its supervisory and enforcement authority, recently released examination procedures, and Bureau guidance.

Issue Brief: The costs and risks of using a reverse mortgage to delay collecting Social Security

This issue brief explores the tradeoffs of borrowing a reverse mortgage loan in order to delay claiming Social Security. It shows that, in general, the reverse mortgage loan costs exceed the additional increase in Social Security that homeowners would receive in their lifetime by delaying Social Security benefits.

Published Category: Industry and markets

Innovation highlights: Emerging student loan repayment assistance

This report spotlights the growing number of employer-based student loan repayment programs that can save eligible employees hundreds of thousands in loan principle and interests payments, but where barriers to innovation exist. This report also features a series of recommendations to help employers and other companies that manage benefits programs ensure that borrowers receive the maximum value.