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In the last decade, the CFPB has tried to tackle the question of innovation through partnerships and No-Action Letters. First, there was Project Catalyst which resulted in very few collaborations and a small amount of No-Action Letters. Then there was the Office of Innovation which stood up the Compliance Assistance Sandbox which approved only 3 applications. Now the newly re-tooled Office of Competition and Innovation looks to continue these innovation partnerships but will it succeed? Nat Hoopes, VP and Head of Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs at Upstart stops by #creditecotogo to talk about the challenges of a regulatory partnership. While a No-Action Letter can offer a fintech or financial services entity an opportunity to “innovate in plain sight”, the time and available resources may not be attractive to many companies. For Upstart, the experience and collaboration with the CFPB was very positive but others may see that the juice is not worth the squeeze. DISCLAIMER – No information contained in this Podcast or on this Website shall constitute financial, investment, legal and/or other professional advice and that no professional relationship of any kind is created between you and podcast host, the guests or Clark Hill PLC. You are urged to speak with your financial, investment, or legal advisors before making any investment or legal decisions.
Text and email are not digital versions of a letter or a telephone call. There has to be a strategy that includes consumer consent but also a willingness by that same consumer to continue the conversation. Enter Quanta Credit Services, a new innovative digital-first solutions provider that manages communication strategies. Aleks Whitchurch, CEO and Co-Founder of Quanta stops by the next episode of #creditecotogo to talk about the nuts and bolts of the digital communications journey and the many paths that journey can take. Aleks tells us this is not a volume game but a problem-solving game. Quanta’s data shows that how you treat the consumer and customize the conversation can make a measurable difference. DISCLAIMER – No information contained in this Podcast or on this Website shall constitute financial, investment, legal and/or other professional advice and that no professional relationship of any kind is created between you and podcast host, the guests or Clark Hill PLC. You are urged to speak with your financial, investment, or legal advisors before making any investment or legal decisions.
In a very crowded #fintech market, #CreditEcotoGo welcomes Sedric to the podcast. Voted the Most Promising Fintech Startup of 2022 by #Citi and #Visa,  Sedric is an AI solution which systemically implements the most critical part of a financial institution’s compliance management system: risk detection and remediation. Rather than wait a week or a month for the results of an audit report, Sedric identifies risk and provides on-demand real-time training in order to remediate the risk. Our guests tells us that you don’t have to sacrifice consumer protection for growth, rather consumer protection ultimately protects the financial services system. DISCLAIMER – No information contained in this Podcast or on this Website shall constitute financial, investment, legal and/or other professional advice and that no professional relationship of any kind is created between you and podcast host, the guests or Clark Hill PLC. You are urged to speak with your financial, investment, or legal advisors before making any investment or legal decisions.
The co-Founders of @Creditas, India’s leading technology provider in the delinquent management space, are our guests to kick off the 3rd season of @ClarkHillLaw’s #CreditEcoToGo. Anshuman Panwar and Madan Srinivasan share their observations of the US collections market, where they hope to launch shortly, and the unique architecture of their technology that was built with the consumer in mind. Madan tells us that the US market has all the correct building blocks; the key is how to stitch them together to create a frictionless system that is not based upon morality. Anshuman uses the term “#neocollections” which puts the power back into the hands of the consumer through a complete digital solution. Both believe that this new approach to technology will be a disrupter in the marketplace.  DISCLAIMER – No information contained in this Podcast or on this Website shall constitute financial, investment, legal and/or other professional advice and that no professional relationship of any kind is created between you and podcast host, the guests or Clark Hill PLC. You are urged to speak with your financial, investment, or legal advisors before making any investment or legal decisions.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has always been curious of Big Tech and its penetration into the financial services sector. That curiosity took center stage last month when the CFPB ordered six (6) of the most well-known technology companies (Google, Apply, Facebook, Amazon, Square and PayPal) to turn over information about their “products, plans and practices” when it comes to their payment platforms. Dan Smith,  Executive Vice President, Head of Regulatory Affairs at the Consumer Bankers Association stops by #Creditecotogo to discuss and forecast how the CFPB will use this data collection to shape policy about consumer-authorized use of financial data. As a former Assistant Director at the CFPB, Dan reminds us that back in 2017 the CFPB issued a set of Consumer Protection Principles around data sharing and aggregation. Like the Rime of the Ancient Mariner, 2022 will reveal how the CFPB will navigate this sea of data.  DISCLAIMER – No information contained in this Podcast or on this Website shall constitute financial, investment, legal and/or other professional advice and that no professional relationship of any kind is created between you and podcast host, the guests or Clark Hill PLC. You are urged to speak with your financial, investment, or legal advisors before making any investment or legal decisions.
ARM industry start-up, Spring Oaks Capital, set out to do things differently, but it had no idea that it would launch a new company on the cusp of a worldwide pandemic. Jay Collins, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Spring Oaks Capital, stops by #Creditecotogo to highlight the successes his company has had despite the challenges of COVID. Jay’s story is a lesson to all in the financial services industry, as well as any industry, that establishing a team approach to your workforce and assuring that all players (employers and employees) must commit to the mission is a recipe for success and to lead with compliance.    DISCLAIMER – No information contained in this Podcast or on this Website shall constitute financial, investment, legal and/or other professional advice and that no professional relationship of any kind is created between you and podcast host, the guests or Clark Hill PLC. You are urged to speak with your financial, investment, or legal advisors before making any investment or legal decisions.
In celebration of the one year anniversary of Clark Hill’s #CreditEcoToGo, and its 50th episode, we discuss the digital transformation of the collections industry with Dave Hanrahan, CEO and Co-Founder of Kredit, a next generation software platform that lets consumers interact with all their creditors, and those collecting for them, in one place. Kredit creates options for consumers while empowering them to make decisions about their own financial well-being in a global and holistic way. At the same time, creditors and debt collectors who connect with the platform must vie for the attention of the consumer; those who are responsive and provide the best customer service will likely be the ones who will see recovery first. Kredit is looking to not only build tools for those who need it the most but to also empower consumers to be in control over their own information.    DISCLAIMER – No information contained in this Podcast or on this Website shall constitute financial, investment, legal and/or other professional advice and that no professional relationship of any kind is created between you and podcast host, the guests or Clark Hill PLC. You are urged to speak with your financial, investment, or legal advisors before making any investment or legal decisions.
Michael O’Neill, VP and Bank Secrecy Act Officer at Safe Harbor Private Banking stops by #CreditEcoToGo to talk about his experience building the right compliance program to bank the cannabis industry. Michael tells us cannabis bankers do not grow on trees and building the program goes beyond well beyond ordinary due diligence. Rather it is an ongoing commitment to ensure that the law is followed at every step and banking staff is educated and trained to bank the way regulators want. Safe Harbor is actively banking over 500 cannabis-related accounts and accepting more every day. Since 2015, they have been examined 15 times by state and federal banking regulators and in their latest examination, there were zero findings. Safe Harbor’s success has been from the inside-out.  DISCLAIMER – No information contained in this Podcast or on this Website shall constitute financial, investment, legal and/or other professional advice and that no professional relationship of any kind is created between you and podcast host, the guests or Clark Hill PLC. You are urged to speak with your financial, investment, or legal advisors before making any investment or legal decisions.
Congress, the states, and regulators have been scratching their heads for years when it comes to fintechs. Balancing consumer protection around innovation has been the source of contentious debate. Garry Reeder is the CEO of the newly launched American Fintech Council (AFC), an association that is looking to foster responsible innovation in financial technology. Navigating the “in-between spaces” of the traditional banking system and fintechs is one of the priorities of AFC and its members. as well as establishing a more outcomes-based regulatory scheme that takes into consideration a consumer’s experience. Garry also tells us that defining fintechs will be important because there really is no true definition rather a broad focus on the speed and delivery of financial services. Ultimately, if fintechs are going to be regulated, then AFC will be advocating to ensure that the benefits and protections offered to traditional financial institutions be made available to its members as well.   DISCLAIMER – No information contained in this Podcast or on this Website shall constitute financial, investment, legal and/or other professional advice and that no professional relationship of any kind is created between you and podcast host, the guests or Clark Hill PLC. You are urged to speak with your financial, investment, or legal advisors before making any investment or legal decisions.
Since the start of the pandemic, the financial services industry, including the accounts receivable management (ARM) industry, has predicted that the use of technology to contact consumers will grow exponentially. That prediction came true, but Firstsource Solutions,  a leading provider of business process solutions to more than 100 global businesses, has been using email and text to contact consumers since 2017. Arjun Mitra, President of Global Collections, stops by #CreditEcoToGo to discuss the success of his company’s platform. The results show that consumers are far better off in resolving their financial issues on their own terms.  Arjun reports that RPC or open engagement rates from consumers in a response to an email or text are far superior than any response to a traditional telephone call. Additionally, the platform can fully adapt to a consumer’s response allowing users to constantly adjust and tailor the messaging in order to continue the successful consumer engagement. DISCLAIMER – No information contained in this Podcast or on this Website shall constitute financial, investment, legal and/or other professional advice and that no professional relationship of any kind is created between you and podcast host, the guests or Clark Hill PLC. You are urged to speak with your financial, investment, or legal advisors before making any investment or legal decisions.
Todd Kleperis has spent his life taking risks. From military veteran to Harvard University, Todd never shied away from a challenge. It's no surprise that Todd now makes his living serving high-risk industries in the financial services eco-system. The founder of PayZel, Todd assists financial institutions with the implementation of their bank secrecy and anti-money laundering compliance policies while taking on high-risk depositors. Todd will tell you that banks with innovative boards utilizing sound governance policies can effectively manage this risk and slay the dragon.  DISCLAIMER – No information contained in this Podcast or on this Website shall constitute financial, investment, legal and/or other professional advice and that no professional relationship of any kind is created between you and podcast host, the guests or Clark Hill PLC. You are urged to speak with your financial, investment, or legal advisors before making any investment or legal decisions.
Francis Creighton, President and CEO of the Consumer Data Industry Association (#CDIA) stops by #CreditEcoToGo to talk about the core fundamentals of the credit reporting system and the challenges ahead for 2021.  While state and federal regulators have been laser-focused on credit reporting accuracy, Francis tells us there are two bigger challenges. First is ensuring that more people can be included in the credit reporting system in order to gain better access to credit, Second is the policing of fraudsters who are preying on consumers with poor credit and promising them the removal of accurate information from their credit reports. Accuracy ensures that lenders make informed decisions about creditworthiness. The desire to remove negative information or not report negative information, even if accurate, is not a benefit to either the consumer or the lender. If we want the credit ecosystem to work, the truth must be told. #creditreporting #financialservicesDISCLAIMER – No information contained in this Podcast or on this Website shall constitute financial, investment, legal and/or other professional advice and that no professional relationship of any kind is created between you and podcast host, the guests or Clark Hill PLC. You are urged to speak with your financial, investment, or legal advisors before making any investment or legal decisions.
On this episode of CreditEcoToGo, former CFPB Deputy Director, Tom Pahl, stops by to talk Regulation F. Tom has been the point person on #debtcollection policy while serving at both the FTC and the CFPB. The final debt collection was a decade in the making and Tom talks about the challenges faced by the Bureau and the evolution of the process which resulted in the final rule. Tom does not believe the rule will be rescinded or repealed but certainly changes could be made once a new director is installed at the CFPB. The final rule is not the end of the process. Tom encourages industry to continually engage with the Bureau to ensure that the regulations fulfill its promise of protecting consumers while at the same time ensuring that industry can comply.DISCLAIMER – No information contained in this Podcast or on this Website shall constitute financial, investment, legal and/or other professional advice and that no professional relationship of any kind is created between you and podcast host, the guests or Clark Hill PLC. You are urged to speak with your financial, investment, or legal advisors before making any investment or legal decisions.
Industry expert, Cristy Ward, Chief Strategy Officer for Mortgage Connect stops by Clark Hill’s Credit Eco To Go to discuss the state of the mortgage industry during and after the pandemic. The mandates of the CARES Act and the rush to refinance created unique struggles for the industry. However, Cristy explains that overall the industry did a great job weathering the storm by embracing technology which ultimately benefitted borrowers and will continue to be a positive for consumers going forward. Cristy is also the Founder and Director of the Women Empowering Women executive council – a group of leading Mortgage Banking women who serve the industry through peer-to-peer collaboration, executive coaching, and mentoring for women in banking. A fitting guest for our month-long celebration of #womenshistorymonth2021.DISCLAIMER – No information contained in this Podcast or on this Website shall constitute financial, investment, legal and/or other professional advice and that no professional relationship of any kind is created between you and podcast host, the guests or Clark Hill PLC. You are urged to speak with your financial, investment, or legal advisors before making any investment or legal decisions.
The XYZ’s of the PPP

The XYZ’s of the PPP

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Credit Eco to Go concludes #womenshistorymonth2021 with a long overdue discussion about the Paycheck Protection Program (#PPP). Kathryn “Kate” Rock, Partner at Guidehouse, incoming President of Women in Housing & Finance and one of the foremost authorities of the #PPP, stops by the podcast to talk about this transformational government program. For borrowers, the PPP was a business lifeline to get through the economic struggles brought on by the pandemic. For lenders, the PPP was a mixed bag of operational challenges and confusing regulations. At the same time, it was an expansion of business development opportunities for new and existing customers. The PPP is now in its second iteration. However as Kate tells us, the next challenge for lenders will be the servicing of these loans over the next five (5) plus years. DISCLAIMER – No information contained in this Podcast or on this Website shall constitute financial, investment, legal and/or other professional advice and that no professional relationship of any kind is created between you and podcast host, the guests or Clark Hill PLC. You are urged to speak with your financial, investment, or legal advisors before making any investment or legal decisions.
Credit Eco to Go welcomes Amy Mertz Brown to the podcast to continue our celebration of #womenshistorymonth2021. Amy was one of the first hires at the CFPB where she helped establish and build the agency’s in-house legal department. Amy worked closely with initial CFPB leadership including Elizabeth Warren, the Bureau’s first confirmed Director, Richard Cordray, and with Rohit Chopra, who is likely to be confirmed as the next Director in the coming weeks.  Amy shares her insights about Chopra’s leadership style and what she believes his priorities will be as the Bureau develops under his direction. Spoiler alert: policy will drive Chopra’s agenda, so industry needs to be engaging the Bureau now. DISCLAIMER – No information contained in this Podcast or on this Website shall constitute financial, investment, legal and/or other professional advice and that no professional relationship of any kind is created between you and podcast host, the guests or Clark Hill PLC. You are urged to speak with your financial, investment, or legal advisors before making any investment or legal decisions.
The celebration of #womenshistorymonth2021 continues. Subject matter expert, Alma Angotti, joins the podcast and provides our Credit Eco to Go listeners with a much-needed education on cryptocurrency and blockchain technology.  Cryptocurrency is not a substitute for hard currency but the infrastructure behind it; blockchain technology has the power to disrupt traditional financial services. Blockchain technology is immutable, meaning it can’t be changed, so it is easier to trace. Think of a chip on your cell phone that provides your location. This technology coupled with cryptocurrency provides instantaneous value with little settlement risk, unlike traditional banking. However, the unknown of “crypto” is valuation. So before you buy that Tesla, it's best to know what your “coins” are worth. DISCLAIMER – No information contained in this Podcast or on this Website shall constitute financial, investment, legal and/or other professional advice and that no professional relationship of any kind is created between you and podcast host, the guests or Clark Hill PLC. You are urged to speak with your financial, investment, or legal advisors before making any investment or legal decisions.
Clark Hill’s Credit Eco to Go kicks off Women’s History Month with best-selling author Mary Shores.  Mary’s unbelievable journey from overcoming incredible odds to successful business owner to industry expert is inspirational. Along the way, she developed and unlocked the science to effectively communicating with consumers about their financial reality. As Mary says, “All consumers want is to be heard and to be understood.”  Mary is hopeful that expanded technology channels, especially in the debt collection space, will help consumers achieve this goal. DISCLAIMER – No information contained in this Podcast or on this Website shall constitute financial, investment, legal and/or other professional advice and that no professional relationship of any kind is created between you and podcast host, the guests or Clark Hill PLC. You are urged to speak with your financial, investment, or legal advisors before making any investment or legal decisions.
Clint Lotz, President and Founder of TrackStar stops by Clark Hill’s Credit Eco to Go to talk not only about data, but he weighs into the debate of data regulation. More and more states are enacting laws that give consumers more control over their own data. Industry opposes a fragmented regime and instead favors a national standard.  Clint disagrees and sees states being in a better position to align their privacy laws with the needs of their constituents. At the federal level, Clint sees agencies like the CFPB weighing into the regulation of data, especially when the economy starts to recover and lending increases. Ultimately the consumer needs to know whether their own data will be their friend or foe. DISCLAIMER – No information contained in this Podcast or on this Website shall constitute financial, investment, legal and/or other professional advice and that no professional relationship of any kind is created between you and podcast host, the guests or Clark Hill PLC. You are urged to speak with your financial, investment, or legal advisors before making any investment or legal decisions.
There is much speculation that 2021 could be the year that Congress enacts meaningful legislation to allow marijuana related  businesses (MRBs) to access financial services. Steven Kemmerling, CEO of CRB Monitor, stops by Clark Hill’s Credit Eco to Go to discuss what banks are doing now to manage risk for their current depositors who may only have remote or indirect ties to MRBs. Although the data from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FIN Cen) suggests several hundred banks are currently servicing cannabis customers, that number is deceiving. In actuality the number of banks who are knowingly servicing cannabis customers is quite small.  According to Steve, federal legislation will not remove the high risk element of cannabis banking. Like other high risk yet legal industries such as gambling and gun sales, banks will still need to invest in a costly compliance infrastructure passing that expense along to the depositor. Only when the federal government takes a wholistic approach to cannabis banking, will banks be willing to wholly adopt and provide financial services on a large scale.   DISCLAIMER – No information contained in this Podcast or on this Website shall constitute financial, investment, legal and/or other professional advice and that no professional relationship of any kind is created between you and podcast host, the guests or Clark Hill PLC. You are urged to speak with your financial, investment, or legal advisors before making any investment or legal decisions.   Funk Game Loop by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3787-funk-game-loopLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
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