Press & Media Statements

Working closely with the Federal and State Government Affairs Departments, AFSA's Communications Department responds to and proactively works with news outlets seeking to cover the consumer credit industry. 

AFSA is pleased to assist the media with interviews, quotes, background information and story development regarding any of the business lines the association represents. Media inquiries can be directed to:

Jack Ferry      Dan Bucherer 
Vice President, Communications     Manager, Communications
+1 (202) 776-7308      +1 (202) 466-8613

Statement from AFSA on CFPB Richard Cordray's Resignation November 15, 2017

“While not always agreeing with Director Cordray’s decisions and rationale for those decisions, we wish him well in his future endeavors,” said Chris Stinebert, President and CEO of the American Financial Services Association (AFSA). “We appreciate his dedication to the interests and the protection of consumers. Unfortunately, his decisions were not always completely developed and created undue burden on consumers’ access to credit, which curtailed lending to the consumer that the Bureau is mandated to protect.”

Senators Come to Defense of Consumers on Arbitration October 24, 2017

“We’re pleased to see the Senate has chosen to side with consumers instead of trial attorneys when it comes to arbitration,” said Chris Stinebert, President and CEO of the American Financial Services Association, which represents traditional installment lenders. “Class action lawsuits take years to be heard, clog the courts, and result in comparatively small payouts for consumers. By contrast, disputes settled by arbitration result in quick decisions and pay-outs for consumers that average higher than class action settlements.”

AFSA Statement on Final Small-Dollar Lending Rule October 05, 2017

The American Financial Services Association (AFSA) is pleased to see that the bureau has made the important distinction between beneficial traditional installment lending, and payday and title lending.

“Today’s rule is a validation of what we have been saying all along – that the small-dollar lending industry provides access to quality products, like traditional installment loans, and is critically important for the American consumer,” said Chris Stinebert, President and CEO of AFSA. “During congressional testimony when asked about the proposed rule,* Director Cordray noted how essential it was that any rule focus on making sure there is room for responsible loans such as installment lending.”

AFSA Statement on the Arbitration Rule Coalition Lawsuit in Texas September 29, 2017

“Such a broad showing of support from every corner of the consumer finance industry demonstrates how critically important today’s filing is,” said Chris Stinebert, President and CEO of the American Financial Services Association, which represents traditional installment lenders and vehicle finance companies. “The CFPB’s anti-arbitration rule would produce class action lawsuits that will take years to be heard, clog the courts, and result in comparatively small payouts for consumers. By contrast, disputes settled by arbitration result in quick decisions and pay-outs for consumers that average higher than class action settlements.”

CFPB Issues Rule That Harms Consumers, Favors Attorneys July 10, 2017

“We are disappointed that the Bureau has decided to move forward with a final rule,” said Bill Himpler, executive vice president with AFSA. “The Bureau has ignored its mandate under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to limit arbitration only if such a prohibition is in the public interest and for the protection of consumers.”

AFSA's Himpler Testifies Before Congressional Committee April 06, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C., (April 6, 2017) - Today, American Financial Services Association (AFSA) Executive Vice President Bill Himpler testified before the House Financial Services subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit in a session entitled Examination of the Federal Financial Regulatory System and Opportunities for Reform. Himpler addressed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) regulatory overreach of the state-regulated consumer credit industry and the need for Congress to reform the bureau’s practices, approve its budget, and amend its structure.

AFSA Submits Blueprint for Regulatory Reforms to Trump Administration March 31, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C., (March 31, 2017) - The American Financial Services Association (AFSA) has submitted a list of regulatory reforms to the Trump Administration that would provide relief to its members operating in the consumer credit industry and ultimately benefit customers and communities across the United States.

AFSA Supports Reform of CFPB’s Unchecked Power March 20, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C., (March 20, 2017) - The American Financial Services Association (AFSA) supports reform of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) single-director structure and believes its annual budget should be appropriated by Congress.

New South Dakota Law Clears up All-In Rate Cap Confusion March 20, 2017

PIERRE, S.D., (March 20, 2017) - The American Financial Services Association (AFSA) applauds the South Dakota legislature and Governor Dennis Daugaard for its unanimous passage in both houses this month of HB 1090 which brings clarity for consumers and financial institutions following the recently-enacted all-in rate cap in Initiated Measure 21.

AFSA Brings on Carmichael as VP Congressional Affairs February 28, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C., (February 28, 2017) - The American Financial Services Association (AFSA) is pleased to announce the hiring of Ann Carmichael as its new Vice President of Congressional Affairs. In this newly-created position, Carmichael will develop and deliver to lawmakers and policymakers AFSA’s message of protecting access to safe, responsible consumer credit.