AFSA Supports Fed Steps to Keep Credit Flowing April 01, 2020

The American Financial Services Association (AFSA) yesterday (March 31) sent a letter of support to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on its Commercial Paper Funding Facility (CPFF). The CPFF will provide a liquidity backstop to U.S. issuers of commercial paper through a special purpose vehicle that will purchase unsecured and asset-backed commercial paper rated A1/P1 directly from eligible companies. The letter asks that the CPFF be expanded so that more companies, ones that are not rated A1/P1, can take advantage of it.

AFSA Supports SBA PPP Program March 31, 2020

The American Financial Services Association (AFSA) today (March 31) submitted a letter of support to the National Economic Council on the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

AFSA, Trades Seek CECL Parity March 31, 2020

Today the American Financial Services Association, along with other financial services associations, sent a letter to Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton, requesting that he apply a current expected credit loss (CECL) final implementation date uniformly for both bank and non-bank financial institutions. This is needed to create parity in reporting obligations for financial companies and to allow them to devote their full attention to meeting consumer and business needs in the wake of COVID-19. 

AFSA Joins Other Trades in Petition Filing at FCC March 30, 2020

On March 30, the American Financial Services Association joined several other trade associations on a petition to the FCC requesting an immediate ruling, clarification, or waiver regarding parts of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.  Specifically, the petitions asks that certain phone calls utilizing an auto-dialer system and text messages to consumers related to COVID-19 from financial institutions be permitted without the consent of the called party may be permitted pursuant to the TCPA’s “Emergency Purposes Exception.”

MoneySKILL Financial Education: Resources Parents & Kids Can Bank On March 30, 2020

During this time of uncertainty, the American Financial Services Association and its member companies are doing their best to help consumers maintain their financial security and flexibility, while also continuing to support the communities where our members live and work. In this unprecedented moment, it is important for us to provide help where we can and to look for ways to perhaps do a bit more. 

Truist Pledges $25 Million, Relief Services to Support Communities March 30, 2020

Truist is pledging $25 million in philanthropic support which will for  provide aid for basic needs, medical supplies, and financial hardship across the nation. The company is also offering payment relief and other programs to assist all personal and business customers to help them work through this trying period.

AFSA, Trades Write to Congress in Support of SECURE Notarization Act March 27, 2020

Today, the American Financial Services Association joined with other trade associations on a comment letter to Congressional leaders in support of the SECURE Notarization Act. If enacted, this legislation would expand the usage of Remote Online Notarizations (RONs) nationally. RONs are type of electronic notarization that allows for the notarization process to completed with the notary and signer in different physical locations.

AFSA Members Supporting Consumers for More than a Century March 27, 2020

The American Financial Services Association (AFSA), couldn’t help but notice today’s inter-agency notice, in which the Federal Reserve, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, National Credit Union Administration, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau encouraged financial institutions to expand their consumer lending.