Missouri Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer recently introduced legislation to the U.S. House of Representatives seeking to require the Federal Reserve and FDIC to provide a material reason to support any order to terminate a banking relationship.
On July 23, 2014, Representative Cedric Richmond introduced the Providing Opportunities for Savings, Transactions, and Lending Act of 2014 (also referred to as the POSTAL Act of 2014). The bill proposes that the United States Postal Service (“USPS”) be allowed to provide some financial services, including small-dollar loans, checking accounts, and interest-bearing savings accounts.
The FDIC has issued final guidance for state chartered banks regarding deposit advance products. We previously mentioned the proposed guidance and discussed applicable risks in connection with our first of two blog entries regarding changes to Missouri law that may now make deposit advance products more appealing.
Missouri’s Senate Bill 254, which will become effective on August 28, 2013, will permit Missouri banks to charge the lesser of $75 or ten percent of the loan amount on short-term, direct deposit cash advance products. Although existing Missouri law already allows state-chartered banks to offer similar products, the fees in relation to those short-term loans were previously capped at the lesser of $25 or five percent of the loan. Due to the lower fee cap, most Missouri banks did not offer these products, presumably because the potential fees did not compensate for the related risks.