by Amy Bach

 

Some leaders in the financial services community work hard to weaken consumer protection regulations and the agencies that enforce them.  But it clear from recent history (2008) that the American economy works much better when financial consumer protections are in place and being enforced.

UP is among 80 organizations that co-signed a letter strongly opposing a proposal to seriously weaken the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's effectiveness as a watchdog agency for the public.   Never forget the conditions that led to the creation of the CFPB.  A current proposal would allow the agency to do no investigation into a company's business practice but still issue a "no action" letter that company can then use to avoid any accountability or punishment for the practice. This would cause double harm:  The agency is taking no action, but no one else can either - even though the business practice may be illegal. 

UP has long fought to prevent state insurance regulatory agencies from issuing similar letters that suggest they found no misconduct when in fact they didn't actually do a real investigation.  A letter from a state or federal agency carries weight and is a powerful tool for a consumer or a business.  If the CFPB is permitted to automatically generate "no action" letters when in fact they really haven't looked into the facts at all - we have no doubt that consumers and the economy will suffer harm. 

We must preserve the integrity of our financial services regulatory systems or we will find ourselves right back where we were in 2008...

About The Blogger

Amy Bach

Amy Bach has been a professional advocate for insurance policyholders since 1984 and an attorney since 1989. She co-founded United Policyholders in 1991 and serves as the organization's Executive Director and primary spokesperson; shaping and overseeing the Roadmap to Recovery™, Roadmap to Preparedness, and Advocacy and Action programs. She is a nationally recognized expert on insurance claim and legal matters; frequently interviewed in print and broadcast media, and the author of numerous publications including "The Disaster Recovery Handbook", "WISE UP: The Savvy Consumer's Guide to Buying Insurance" and consumer tips and guides in the UP Claim Help Library.  Recognized by Money Magazine as a Money Hero, Bach is in her eighth consecutive term as an official consumer representative to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, and is a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance.