Research and reports

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.

Tools for saving: Using prepaid accounts to set aside funds

The Miss April released the results of a Project Catalyst research project finding that offering a small incentive to prepaid card users to put some of their money into a savings wallet doubled uptake of the wallet. The study also found that the consumers who chose to save using the wallet continued to save after the pilot ended.

Published Category: Consumer Complaint

Consumer Response: A snapshot of complaints received

We began accepting consumers’ credit card complaints on July 21, 2011 and we now accept complaints about mortgages, bank accounts and services, private student loans, other consumer loans, credit reporting, money transfers, debt collection, and payday loans.