In the March/April issue of ABA Bank Compliance, Jim Jorgensen authored this article entitled Closing the Gap – Advancing the next Generation of Compliance Leaders. This is a topic of discussion in many organizations. How can you prepare the junior staff to be ready to take on the responsibilities expected by the board and senior… Read more »
ABA Bank Compliance – Buckle Up! Indirect Automotive Fair Lending Risks Ahead
In the January/February issue of ABA Bank Compliance, Liza Warner authored the article, Buckle Up! Indirect Automotive Fair Lending Risks Ahead. Both bank and non-bank lenders face regulatory scrutiny surrounding the indirect automotive lending sector. In the article, Liza discusses how to spot the red flags or risk indicators in this type of lending and… Read more »
Risk Management of Third-Party Relationships
In the Utah Banker Magazine, Tracey Levandoski authored an article entitled, Risk Management of Third-Party Relationships. Third-party risk management continues to be an increasing regulatory focus as indicated by the proposed Interagency Guidance on Third-Party Relationships: Risk Management. Understanding the details of sound risk management outlined in the proposed guidance and enhancing your third-party risk… Read more »
ABA Bank Compliance – The Final Flood Insurance Q&As Are Here!
In the November-December 2022 issue of ABA Bank Compliance, Sara McGinnis addresses the final flood insurance Q&As from the five federal regulatory agencies. Based on banker feedback and the most frequently asked questions from lenders on a wide spectrum of technical flood insurance-related compliance issues, the final Q&As replace those originally published by the agencies… Read more »
ABA Bank Compliance – Watch Out: TRID Errors
In this article, Jim Treacy explores the eight common TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) Errors. These errors can increase the potential for fee tolerance violations so you will want to be sure not to make any or these errors. Loan origination systems can assist in identifying many TRID-related violations, but it is not foolproof. Policies and… Read more »
ABA Bank Compliance Magazine – How to Conduct An Internal Compliance Investigation
In the May/June 2022 issue of ABA Bank Compliance Magazine, Liza Warner authored an article entitled: How to Conduct An Internal Compliance Investigation. A timely and methodical investigation will provide information that may help limit the institution’s regulatory and legal exposure. In the article, Liza addresses the Compliance Management System and your investigation process, considerations for… Read more »
Highly Successful Compliance Officers – Going Beyond the Regulations
In the January/February issue of ABA Bank Compliance, Jim Jorgensen explores the skills that highly successful compliance officers (COs) need to develop. To address this issue, Jim spoke with several COs from community banks to large regional banks. They shared their insights about what skills they feel are most valuable for their roles and how… Read more »
Mission Impossible? Overcoming Fair Lending Challenges in Non-mortgage Products
Published in the September/October issue of ABA Bank Compliance, this article discusses managing fair lending risks in all loan products offered, not just mortgage loans reported under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). While managing fair lending exposure outside the realm of home mortgage lending can be challenging, it is not an impossible mission. Learn… Read more »
Post Covid, How Healthy is your Fair Lending Program
In the Summer issue of ACUMA Pipeline, Patti Katzban and Liza Warner address the anticipated regulatory focus by the National Credit Union Association (NCUA) on consumer protection and fair lending. Specific to federally insured credit unions, NCUA’s 2021 Supervisory Priorities state that examiners will assess a credit union’s Fair Lending Compliance Management System. Learn more… Read more »
Four Pillars of an Effective HMDA Compliance Program
In the July/August issue of ABA Bank Compliance, Heidi Wier authored an article entitled, Four Pillars of an Effective HMDA Compliance Program, Keys to Successful Data Integrity and Accurate Fair Lending Performance Analysis. Complete and accurate HMDA data is essential to understanding where and to whom loans are being made. Regulators have signaled that continued and… Read more »
Avoiding UDAAP Pitfalls: Recognizing and Addressing Risks in Marketing and Advertising
Tracey Levandoski authored this informative article published in the May/June 2021 issues of ABA Bank Compliance. Enforcement actions for UDAAP violations are likely to increase, and UDAAP risk should be on the minds of every bank’s marketing manager. Supervisory highlights from the CFPB include references to misleading advertisements of bonus offers on deposit accounts, misleading… Read more »
Analyzing Complaints – How to Understand Your Bank’s Complaint Data
In the January/February 2021 issue of ABA Bank Compliance, Liza Warner provides insight into how a bank can use the results of the March 2020 Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Consumer Response Annual Report as a reference point to analyze its own complaints. In 2019, the period covered by this report, there were over 350,000… Read more »
Managing Consumer Complaints for Compliance Professionals – New MBA Resource
If you are looking for more information about implementing a consumer complaint response process, there is a new resource available through the MBA’s education program. Managing Consumer Complaints for Compliance Professionals, is a new course that Heidi Wier worked on with the MBA. This course presents foundational concepts to help companies improve their consumer complaint… Read more »
Combating Current Legal Threats
In the Fall 2020 issue of California Mortgage Finance News, Monika McCarthy authored an article entitled, Combating Current Legal Threats, Tips for Mortgage Lenders and Servicers. She addresses three key threats that have emerged since the pandemic that impact California mortgage lenders and servicers: 1) fair servicing issues, 2) fair lending issues, and 3) the… Read more »
MBA’s Mastering HMDA Data for Compliance Professionals Course
CrossCheck Compliance was honored to have its managing director, Heidi Wier, work with the MBA to develop Mastering HMDA Data for Compliance Professionals. This course is available as a standalone course or as one of the 12 courses in the MBA’s Level II Certified Mortgage Compliance Professional Certificate and Designation (CMCP) curriculum. For more information… Read more »
Mitigating Risks of Banking Money Service Businesses
In the November/December issue of ABA Bank Compliance, Jim Treacy addresses how banks can build an appropriate BSA/AML/OFAC Compliance Program. Jim covers performing an enterprise-wide BSA/AML/OFAC risk assessment, as well as developing a customer risk profile for each individual money service business (MSB). He also describes ongoing monitoring of MSB customers and MSB red flags… Read more »
Best Practices for Choosing a Fintech Lending Partner
In this article, published in the Utah Banker, Tracey Levandoski discusses the risks to consider and the decisions to be made as banks accelerate their digital strategies through partnerships with fintech lenders. In addition to reviewing the regulatory guidance for managing third-party risk, she addresses the evaluation process in terms of lending experience and expertise… Read more »
Avoiding Surprises in Mortgage Servicing
In the September/October issue of ABA Bank Compliance, the authors address the importance of establishing internal monitoring systems for servicing. The article includes a comparison of quality assurance and quality control as well as considerations for reporting results and exceptions, the regulatory change control process for servicing, servicing transfers and loan boarding, and managing consumer… Read more »
Choosing Your Fintech Mortgage Partner Wisely
In this article, published in the Summer 2020 issue of ACUMA Pipeline, Patti Katzban and Liza Warner discuss the best practices for credit unions in vetting financial technology partners (fintechs) to optimize the overall mortgage experience. There are many risks to consider and decisions to be made. Learn more about the key considerations from these… Read more »
Monitoring in the Time of COVID-19, Keeping Pace with Change
In the July/August issue of ABA Bank Compliance, Mollie Newsome Sudhoff discusses compliance monitoring in the time of COVID-19. Learn more about the best practices in keeping pace with change, especially in some of the key impact areas.
How to Audit Compliance Effectively
In the July/August issue of ABA Bank Compliance, Heidi Wier discusses how auditors can partner with compliance, while still maintaining independence, ease the impact of ongoing regulatory changes and emerging issues such as COVID-19, increase audit effectiveness and add additional value to the organization.
How to Help Your Fintech Partners Develop a COMPLIANCE ROADMAP
In this article published in the May/June 2020 issue of ABA Bank Compliance, Tracey Levandoski, CRCM, describes how banks can help their fintech partners develop an effective path to building a compliance infrastructure. She addresses the various points of the “journey” to the destination of a fully functional compliance management system (CMS) that meets the… Read more »
Fair Lending Audit – Seeing the Forest for the Trees
In this new ABA Bank Compliance article, Fair Lending Audit – Seeing the Forest for the Trees, Liza Warner discusses how a fair lending internal audit helps an institution gain a clear and objective understanding of fair lending compliance risk. As a key area of regulatory scrutiny, and one that garners a lot of public… Read more »
Health Check of Your Fair Lending Program
Published in Western Banker, this article addresses how strong compliance programs effectively navigate the challenging environment of fair lending compliance. This informative article describes how the key ingredient to success is establishing a connection between risk assessment and performance analysis.
Mortgage Women Magazine – Back to School
In the September 2019 issue of Mortgage Women Magazine, Chris Ortigara addresses how women are taking their careers to the next level with a CMB® (Certified Mortgage Banker) designation. She shares not only her own experience, but the experiences of three other very successful women including Jennifer Roe Whip, Christy Moss, and Leora Ruzin. … Read more »
How to Maintain Fair and Responsible Servicing Practices
The cover story of the July-August issue of ABA Bank Compliance magazine, How to Maintain Fair and Responsible Servicing Practices, was co-authored by Liza Warner and Karen Cullen. In this article, the authors address how compliance officers can guide their organizations in successfully navigating an evolving compliance landscape by identifying and mitigating compliance risk in… Read more »
We Are Change Leaders
The cover story of the 2019 May-June issue of ABA Bank Compliance was written by Liza Warner. The article is about adapting and advancing in the evolving financial services landscape. She covers the role that compliance officers play in supporting banks’ strategic goals through change management and provides a framework for how compliance professionals can… Read more »
Understand Where Your Data and Programs Meet to Control Risk
Published in the April 19, 2019 issue of Compliance Action, this article addresses lessons learned from past fair lending consent orders. Adequate fair lending risk management requires not only awareness of potential fair lending risk, but an understanding of how that risk is affected by the institution’s programs and how those programs are executed. Only… Read more »
Mindset Matters: Are You Set Up for Quality Control Success?
Mindset Matters – Mortgage Compliance Magazine Published in the April 2019 issue of Mortgage Compliance Magazine, this article discusses how decreasing volumes and shifts toward new products have led to a new mindset regarding quality control. How do lenders who are successful with quality control adopt strategies that not only keep them compliant with investor,… Read more »
Ensuring Quality Originations
In the Winter 2019 issue of ACUMA PIPELINE, Todd Krell provides insights for credit unions to the question – Is It Time to Review Your Quality Assurance Program and Your Quality Control Plan?
Silver Linings Playbook: Compliance Edition
WBA Compliance Article January 2019 In the January 2019 issue of Wisconsin Banker, Heidi Wier was interviewed by the author of this article which discussed strategies for turning compliance into a competitive advantage. Among the topics that Heidi addressed were the importance of demonstrating to customers that the bank has a culture of compliance, performing… Read more »
Fair Lending for Commercial Loans: Within the Sight Lines of the Regulators
Fair Lending for Commercial Loans – Western Banker Nov-Dec 2018 Published in the November-December 2018 issue of Western Banker, this article addresses the challenges of doing a fair lending review of commercial lending.
The Future is Digital Mortgages – Are You Choosing Your Fintech Partner Wisely?
In the winter issue of California Mortgage Finance News, Liza Warner and Monika McCarthy address the considerations lenders face when reviewing the options for partnering with fintechs. Finding the right fintech solution partner and implementing compliance protocols and best practices to mitigate risks is a win-win for consumers, lenders, technology innovators, investors, and the industry… Read more »
Two Days to Perform M&A Due Diligence – ABA Bank Compliance
Mergers and acquisitions (“M&As”) continue to increase, and compliance personnel play an important role in the process. In the November-December 2018 issue of ABA Bank Compliance, Heidi Wier addresses what compliance should focus on if you only have two days to perform a due diligence review. A strong roadmap that covers as many high-risk areas… Read more »
A Strong Risk Assessment Can Lower Audit Costs and Improve Audit Effectiveness
In the November issue of Mortgage Compliance Magazine, Heidi Wier discusses how a risk assessment is the basis of an efficient and cost-effective internal audit plan. Learn how to identify inherent risk and consider the adequacy of internal controls to define residual risk and then create the audit plan.
Operationalizing UDAAP: Building a Strong Foundation to Control Risk
Published in the September/October issue of Western Banker, this article discusses the challenges in operationalizing and controlling UDAAP risk. In part, the challenge stems from the lack of implementing regulations. More so, the real challenge is the broad applicability of UDAAP throughout the organization and across the customer experience including products, pricing, marketing and advertising,… Read more »
Appraisal Considerations of the EGRRCPA
In the Compliance Action newsletter, Mollie Sudhoff discusses The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (“EGRRCPA”). Frequently referred to as “S2155” by the industry, this law has been hailed by many as “relief” from certain terms of the Dodd Frank Act. In this article, Mollie addresses what compliance officers need to understand about… Read more »
Mitigating Fraud Risk Through the Loan Life Cycle
In the August 2018 issue of Mortgage Compliance Magazine, Todd Krell and Tim McWay discuss how a fraud prevention program that encompasses the entire loan life cycle can help mortgage lenders mitigate fraud risk. Given that industry data shows that once again, fraud has been increasing, this is a very timely article.
Leveraging Technology to Improve the Accuracy of HMDA Data
Ensuring the accuracy of Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data has always been a challenge. In the July issue of Housing Wire, Heidi Wier, managing director, shares how systemic data integrity reviews can help manage risk.
Are You Leaving Money on the Table?
Are-You-Leaving-Money-on-the-Table In a special supplement to Illinois Banker, 2018 Banking Trends: Management and Operations, this article discusses how a lack of focus or dedication of resources toward Regulation E and claims processing could lead to unintended errors, or even ‘over compliance’, which may increase operating losses and leave money on the table.
State Attorneys General Ramping Up – Are You Ready?
State Attorneys General Ramping Up In the summer issue of California Mortgage Finance News, Monika McCarthy, managing director and general counsel, addresses the ramp up in supervision and enforcement by the state regulators in areas where the CFPB is pulling back.
Controlling the Narrative: Now Is the Time to Understand Your Data
Controlling the Narrative – Now is the Time to Understand Your Data Published in the June issue of Mortgage Compliance Magazine, this article addresses the key elements that your institution needs to consider in understanding how your HMDA data relates to your business.
Staffing Up for CMS
Staffing-up-for-CMS-ABA-Bank-Compliance.pdf. In this article, seen in the March-April issue of ABA Bank Compliance, Liza Warner, managing director, discusses how financial institutions of all sizes must continue to evolve their compliance teams to set the culture of compliance throughout the organization, resulting in a more effective Compliance Management System (CMS).
Avoiding Surprises – Servicing Quality Assurance and Quality Control Monitoring Systems can be Management’s Best Friend This article was the cover story for the February 2018 issue of Mortgage Compliance Magazine.
The Mortgage Servicing Rule – Are You Prepared?
This article, originally published as the cover story of the September-October 2017 issue of ABA Bank Compliance, addresses the challenges faced by loan servicers in implementing the 2016 Servicing Rule.
The Ongoing Challenges of Servicing Transfers
Mortgage Banking Magazine Servicing Article In this article published in Mortgage Banking Magazine, the authors address the need for loan servicers to carefully review the loan-boarding processes to ensure compliance with the CFPB’s mortgage servicing rules.
Preparing for the unexpected
Viewpoints CrossCheck In this Viewpoints article in the December 2017/January 2018 issue of Housing Wire, Jim Jorgensen, president, CEO and founder of CrossCheck Compliance, discusses how lenders can get in front of major risks through an enterprise risk management framework.
Hot Topics for Regulatory/Compliance Pros
Hot Topics for Regulatory – Compliance Pros This article is the latest in a series dealing with the issues facing the real estate finance industry. Each issue CMBA experts are asked for their thoughts on the issues at hand. In this issue of CMFN, Monika McCarthy, Managing Director and General Counsel, participated in a roundtable… Read more »
California Mortgage Bankers Association (CMBA) Member Profile – The Big 3
CrossCheck Compliance LLC was recently profiled by the California Mortgage Bankers Association (CMBA). Our CEO, Jim Jorgensen, responded to the “Big 3” questions posed by the association about the state of the market and what to look forward to in the future.
Distinguishing Between a Real Internal Audit and an ‘Imitation’
This article discusses the key considerations for independent mortgage companies as they look to outside resources for internal audit support. Cross Check MCM Internal Audit – August 2017
California Mortgage Finance News – Regulatory/Compliance Outlook
This roundtable article reflects on MSAs, challenges facing the mortgage industry and what lenders can do to better protect their data and information.
Effective Partnerships Between Banks and Marketplace Lenders – Managing Third-Party Risk
The authors discuss the three critical components of successfully managing third-party risk of fintechs.
Compliance Management – Working Smarter
Liza Warner discusses best practices for managing the compliance function in this article published in ABA Bank Compliance.
What Is Your Time Worth?
In Mortgage Compliance Magazine, Todd Krell discusses how you can have a more effective quality assurance program.
California Mortgage Finance – Unprecedented Times Call for Unprecedented Leadership, Advice for General Counsel from General Counsel
Monika McCarthy shares the advice of General Counsel colleagues on the challenges impacting the mortgage industry in this article published in California Mortgage Finance News. Learn more about how to better navigate this year’s risks.
ABA Bank Compliance – Best Practices for Managing the Consumer Complaint Program
Liza Warner discusses best practices for the consumer complaint management program in this article published in ABA Bank Compliance. Learn more about how banks can more effectively meet their strategic business objectives and manage regulatory risk. Update: The ABA announced in the September-October 2018 issue that Liza had won the prestigious APEX writing award for this… Read more »
Preparing for CFPB Servicing Exams, Avoiding Common Mistakes With Servicing Transfers and Private Mortgage Insurance
This article, published in Mortgage Compliance Magazine, discusses preparing for CFPB servicing exams. Learn more about avoiding common mistakes with servicing transfers and private mortgage insurance.
ABA Bank Compliance – Compliance in 3D, The Second Line of Defense, Are the Stars Aligned?
Liza Warner discusses best practices for managing the second and third lines of defense in two articles published in ABA Bank Compliance Journal. Learn how to better protect your organization against risks in the compliance process.
Are You Integrating TRID Into Your Quality Control Process?
This article, published in the Summer Issue of California Mortgage Finance News, addresses the considerations regarding implementing TRID into your QC process.
Best Practices for Establishing a Cost-Effective Internal Audit Function
Heidi Wier discusses best practices for establishing a cost-effective internal audit function. Learn how to implement internal audit in a mortgage environment.
Internal Audit, Where Does It Fit in the Compliance Puzzle?
The authors discuss internal audit for mortgage bankers in Mortgage Compliance Magazine. Learn how internal audit fits in the compliance puzzle.