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 »
On December 14th, Heidi Wier, Managing Director, will participate on a panel with Diana Ringer, Master CMB, AMP, Chief Compliance Officer, Ruoff Mortgage; and Fedor Kamensky, Member, Weiner Brodsky Kider PC; presenting a webinar for the MBA on Ensuring HMDA Data Integrity and Common Reporting Issues. Implementing a strong, comprehensive HMDA compliance program will help… Read more »
AFSA held its 2022 annual meeting October 23-26 at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida. At the Operations and Regulatory Compliance Committee meeting, Mike Forester participated on a panel with Michael Gordon, Partner at Ballard Spahr LLP. They discussed Hot Topics in Auto Finance.
The Chicagoland Compliance Association (CCA) held its Annual Conference on November 17th at Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, IL. Sara McGinnis was one of the presenters. Her topic was Flood and new Interagency FAQs.
The Utah Bankers Association (UBA) held its 2022 Compliance Conference October 25-27 in Park City, UT. On Thursday, October 27th, Monika McCarthy presented, Fair Lending Trends.
The Utah Bankers Association (UBA) held its 2022 Compliance Conference – The Pulse of Compliance – October 25-27 in Park City, UT. On Wednesday, October 26th, Monika McCarthy moderated a UDAAP panel. The panelists included Robert Marx, VP Compliance, WebBank; Rich Friess, VP Compliance Officer, The Bank of Commerce; and Niki Christensen, Chief Compliance Officer,… Read more »
On October 20 and 21, The Conference on Consumer Finance Law (CCFL) holds their Consumer Financial Services Conference at the Renaissance Dallas in Plano, TX. On Day One, Monika McCarthy moderated a panel which included Daniel Johnson from CrossCheck Compliance LLC, L. Jean Noonan from Hudson Cook, LLP, Tricia de Leon, Holland & Knight LLP… Read more »
Monika McCarthy was a panelist at the RegTech Track session, Surveying the Regulatory Landscape and Future of RegTech, during the MBA’s Regulatory Compliance Conference which took place September 18-20 in Washington, DC. This session highlighted a variety of challenges and how RegTech can help solve them and stay ahead of pending changes. The other panelists… Read more »
CrossCheck Compliance was honored to work with the American Bankers Association (ABA) as the author of the most recent updates to the Reference Guide to Regulatory Compliance (the Guide). The Guide is a comprehensive and detailed resource for compliance professionals and those preparing for the CRCM exam. It is now available for purchase on the ABA’s… Read more »
On August 11, Tracey Levandoski, CRCM was a speaker at the National Association of Industrial Bankers (NAIB) and Utah Association of Financial Services (UAFS) convention in Park City, UT. Her presentation focused on Third-Party Relationships and include the following topics: Highlights of FIL-44-2008: Guidance for Managing Third-Party Risk, Summary of FIL-50-2021: Proposed Interagency Guidance on Third-Party… Read more »
On July 11, CrossCheck Compliance experts Heidi Wier, Managing Director, Sara McGinnis, Director and Wendy McMillan, Manager, presented the second part of the Effective Internal Audit Function webinar series for the Mortgage Bankers Association. Julie Humphrey, EVP, Internal Audit, Fay Servicing, was also a presenter and provided the lender perspective. Building on themes in part… Read more »
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 »
CrossCheck Compliance LLC announced that the firm has been reviewed by DBRS Morningstar and added to their list of acceptable third-party due-diligence firms for DBRS Morningstar-rated residential mortgage-backed security (RMBS) transactions.
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 »
On June 9, Liza Warner presented a webinar for the Central Florida Compliance Association (CFCA) on Fair Lending Risks in Originations, Servicing & Small Business. For more information about CFCA and/or this webinar please reach out to Mollie Sudhoff.
On June 8th, Heidi Wier and Jim Treacy presented a webinar for the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). This webinar was part one of a two part series. The first webinar focused on the fundamentals of an effective internal audit function. The presenters explored the best practices for structuring an internal audit function as well as… Read more »
On May 19, Daniel Johnson presented Trends in Fair Lending for the Oklahoma Bankers Association’s 2022 Convention. This session highlighted the key actions and activities important for each bank to have in place to ensure its teams are treating customers fairly and equitably. Daniel discussed key controls and monitoring over indirect automotive lending, mortgage servicing… Read more »
On Friday May 6, Liza Warner was a presenter on the Fair and Responsible Lending and Fair Servicing Panel for the Chicagoland Compliance Association. This was a hybrid event with both in-person and virtual access. Fair lending encompasses the entire lending cycle including servicing. Liza discussed servicing activities that financial entities should be addressing within… Read more »
Do you know what’s current in compliance? The American Bankers Association’s (ABA’s) Reference Guide to Regulatory Compliance is an ideal resource for compliance professionals and those preparing for the Certified Regulatory Compliance (CRCM) exam. Our team of compliance experts worked closely with the ABA on updates to the 31st edition which include: Advisories on Predatory… Read more »
Sara McGinnis spoke at the 35th Annual Florida Bankers Association’s Consumer Compliance Seminar which ran from April 13 – April 15 in Orlando, Florida. Sara’s topic for the General Session on Friday, April 15 was “Beyond the Basics – Meeting Board and Regulatory Expectations for all Types of Audits”. FBA applied for 20 CRCM credits… Read more »
On 4/7/22, Heidi Wier spoke at the Fourth Annual WMBA Mortgage Boot Camp. She gave an overview of the mortgage regulations you need to know as a mortgage lender and the regulator impact on the lending environment.
On March 24th, Daniel Johnson participated in a California MBA Mortgage Quality and Compliance Committee fair lending webinar. The webinar covered pricing exceptions, underwriting exceptions, and marketing. Along with Daniel, the speakers also included Marty Allred, Chief Compliance Officer, American Pacific Mortgage, and Paula Leber, VP of Compliance and Licensing, CMG Financial. The three panelists… Read more »
The Texas Mortgage Bankers Association (TMBA) held its 4th Annual Mortgage Symposium on November 8th and 9th at the Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West hotel. This year, the focus was on redefining company culture, including employee engagement and motivation, communicating change, training, and diversity & inclusion. Debbi Roberts was a facilitator for a discussion… Read more »
On Tuesday, October 26th Tracey Levandoski presented a webinar for the Suncoast Bankers Compliance Association (SBCA). The topic of this webinar was Avoiding UDAAP Pitfalls: Recognizing Risk in Marketing and Advertising. Attendees learned the UDAAP considerations related to the target audience, qualifying conditions, support for claims, testimonials, language and disclosures. This webinar also covered marketing’s… Read more »
CrossCheck Compliance LLC is pleased to announce that Liza Warner and Todd Krell have been promoted to partners in the firm.
The Utah Bankers Association hosted its Fall Compliance Conference – Unmasked from October 19-21 in Park City, Utah. This was a hybrid event. Participants chose whether to attend either in person or via Zoom. On Tuesday October 19th, Tracey Levandoski presented one session on UDAAP and one on Fair Lending for Commercial Loans. The… Read more »
October 20 to October 22, the Georgia Bankers Association hosted its annual Compliance Conference at the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort in St. Simons, GA. On October 21, Jim Treacy presented Online Account Opening Compliance. This event covered the full spectrum of compliance topics and provided participants the opportunity to network, share best… Read more »
On September 29, Bradley Teplin and Liza Warner presented a webinar for the American Bankers Association (ABA) – Best Practices for Monitoring Servicing Performance. This webinar helped participants be better prepared to address common regulatory and investor concerns, improve consumer complaint management, and differentiate between the unique roles of quality assurance and quality control in managing loan… Read more »
On September 23, as part of the American Bar Association Business Law Section Annual Meeting 2021, Monika McCarthy participated on a panel – Fair Servicing Spotlight and CARES Act Challenges. This panel discussed best practices to avoid fair servicing risks, predictions for fair servicing supervision and enforcement activity, and priorities of consumer advocates in the… Read more »
On Tuesday September 14th, Monika McCarthy participated on a panel at the MBA’s Regulatory Compliance Conference. The panel’s topic was Working with Your Vendors to Solve Common Compliance Challenges. Attendees learned best practices for engaging with vendors to solve common compliance challenges based on scenarios presented by industry practitioners.
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 »
CrossCheck Compliance announced today that the firm has been assessed by Fitch Ratings, Inc. (Fitch), a nationally recognized statistical rating organization, and added to their list of TPR firms that are acceptable for conducting loan-level diligence for private-label residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) transactions. “We are pleased that Fitch has recognized our capabilities as a third-party… Read more »
On August 25th, Jocali Nakao, CRCM and CAMS, and Tracey Levandoski, CRCM, presented a webinar for the American Bankers Association (ABA). The topic of the webinar was Compliance Management for First-Line Operations. Called the first line of defense, the bank’s frontline and back-office operations together own compliance risk for the products it sells and services.… Read more »
On August 19, Liza Warner presented a webinar on Fair Lending Risks in Originations, Servicing and Small Business for the Chicagoland Compliance Association (CCA). The current administration and the CFPB are both focused on equity and inclusion which extends to lending activities. Banks have always been expected to provide lending related services in a fair… Read more »
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 »
On Friday July 16, at the NICA July meeting, Tracey Levandoski presented – Developing a Fintech Compliance Roadmap. This presentation focused on the factors bank management should consider in selecting a fintech lending partner, and then after making the selection, how the bank can help their fintech strategic partners develop a compliance roadmap and compliance… Read more »
“Sara brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our clients and team.” said Liza Warner, managing director, practice leader for regulatory compliance, internal audit, and fair lending.” Sara’s has internal audit and compliance management positions at USAA, U.S. Bank, Associated Banc-Corp, Johnson Financial Group and Wipfli LLP. For more information on Sara, please see… Read more »
Liza Warner participated on three different panels at the American Bankers Association’s Regulatory Compliance Conference which was held June 22-24. These panels are: 1) Fair and Responsible Lending Risks for Mortgages Part 1: Product Design, Marketing and Originations, 2) Fair and Responsible Lending Risks for Mortgages Part 2: Fair Servicing and Debt Collections, and 3)… Read more »
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 »
At the June 17th meeting of the Central Florida Compliance Association (CFCA), Heidi Wier presented a webinar entitled, HMDA: Keys to Successful Data Integrity.
On June 10, Tracey Levandoski presented a webinar for the American Bankers Association (ABA) entitled Avoiding UDAAP Pitfalls: Recognizing and Addressing Risk in Marketing and Advertising. 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… Read more »
On June 9, Tracey Levandoski presented a webinar for the Chicagoland Compliance Association (CCA). Her presentation focused on the factors bank management should consider in selecting a fintech lending partner, and then after making the selection, how the bank can help their fintech strategic partners develop a compliance roadmap and compliance infrastructure that meets the… Read more »
On May 20, 2021, Heidi Wier and Jim Treacy presented a webinar for the American Bankers Association (ABA). During this webinar, The Compliance-Audit Partnership, participants learned how auditors can collaborate with compliance officers to fully understand the bank’s compliance risk and develop an audit plan to best address that risk while maintaining independence as the… Read more »
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 »
In March 2021, Jim Treacy taught TRID and ATR/QM for the Wisconsin Bankers Association’s Real Estate Compliance School.
In March 2021 Heidi Wier presented a Compliance Bootcamp for the Wisconsin Mortgage Bankers Association.
In March 2021, Heidi Wier taught HMDA for the Wisconsin Bankers Association’s (WBA) Real Estate Compliance School. Heidi has been a long-standing teacher for the WBA.
CrossCheck Compliance is seeking an experienced professional to join its fair lending team. The location is flexible. For highlights of the position requirements, please download the attached, or for more detail, the full job description can be viewed or downloaded from our careers page.
CrossCheck Compliance LLC announced today that the firm has promoted Tracey Levandoski to managing director in its regulatory compliance and internal audit practice. In her expanded role Levandoski will be responsible for a portfolio of clients, leading strategic partner engagements, and engagement teams.
On January 20, 2021 Heidi Wier presented a webinar for the Chicagoland Compliance Association (CCA) – HMDA: Submit with Confidence, Keys to Successful Data Integrity. Heidi discussed strategies for validating HMDA data prior to submission and ways to keep your HMDA data accurate going forward. The agenda included: Verifying your data Performing final reviews Understanding… Read more »
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 »
On January 12, 2021 at the California Mortgage Bankers Association’s Legal Issues and Regulatory Compliance Conference, Monika McCarthy moderated a General Counsel Roundtable. The other general counsel panelists included Ann Savage-Davis, Mountain West Financial, Inc., Lauren Ingersoll, Inspire Home Loans, Inc., Marc Ely, Paramount Residential Mortgage Group, Inc. and Philip Schild, Homebridge Financial Services, Inc.… Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
At the MBA’s 2020 Regulatory Compliance Conference, Monika McCarthy co-presented with Laura LaRaia, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel of First Guaranty Mortgage Corporation. Their presentation, Reviewing Processes for Compliance Professionals, was part of the CMCP Track and provided guidance on advertising and marketing compliance.
CrossCheck Compliance LLC, a leading provider of regulatory compliance and due diligence services, announced today that the firm has been added to the S&P Global Ratings’ (S&P) list of reviewed firms that conduct third-party due diligence for U.S. residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS).
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 »
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 »
At the Utah Bankers Virtual Compliance Conference, Liza Warner moderated the Compliance Officers Roundtable. The panel discussed hot topics that compliance officers are facing. Overall the conference offered a mixture of general and breakout sessions designed to help compliance professionals stay current with and function confidently in the rapidly changing regulatory environment.
Tracey Levandoski presented at the Utah Bankers Compliance virtual conference at one of the breakout sessions on Tuesday October 27. She addressed, Developing a Fintech Compliance Roadmap. Her presentation focused on the factors bank management should consider in selecting a fintech lending partner, and then after making the selection, how the bank can help their… Read more »
On September 22nd, Todd Krell participated on a quality control panel for ACUMA’s Annual Conference. The theme, “Celebrating Credit Union Mortgage Heroes”, was dedicated to all the front-line financial workers who play a vital role in making it possible to put people in homes every day, especially during the pandemic. Panelists included: Todd Krell, Managing… Read more »
CrossCheck Compliance was honored to work with the American Bankers Association (ABA) as the author of the most recent updates to the Reference Guide to Regulatory Compliance. This guide is a comprehensive and detailed resource for compliance professionals and those preparing for the CRCM exam. This latest edition is available at https://www.aba.com/news-research/references-guides/reference-guide-regulatory-compliance.
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 »
On July 17, Tracey Levandoski and Jim Treacy presented a webinar for the Northern California Compliance Association (NICA) about TRID, including TRID challenges, common regulatory findings and recent TRID updates.
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 »
A part of the ABA’s Risk and Compliance Virtual Conference, July 28-30, Karen Cullen participated in an on-demand webinar regarding how servicers can manage the risk of fair lending and UDAAP concerns as they navigate through the COVID-19 national emergency and its aftermath. Karen was joined by Greg Schwager, Senior Counsel, PNC Bank. The panel… Read more »
On July 15, Todd Krell was a Special Guest in a subprime auto market webinar offered by the Davis & Gilbert Insolvency, Creditors’ Rights & Financial Products practice group. The focus of this webinar was on how subprime RMBS serves as a roadmap for future subprime auto ABS litigation. Davis & Gilbert speakers included Joseph… Read more »
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.
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.
Check out the latest episode of the California MBA’s Connect podcast program. Monika McCarthy spoke with Dustin Hobbs, about her journey in the mortgage industry, how the new forbearance requirements have impacted lenders and servicers, what to look out for in the legal/regulatory space, and much more!
On June 18th, Tracey Levandoski, CRCM, and Jim Treacy, CPA and Certified BSA Officer, presented a webinar for the Central Florida Compliance Association (CFCA). Both Tracey and Jim have deep compliance backgrounds in the financial services industry. For more information about membership in the CFCA, about TRID, or to obtain the recording, please e-mail Mollie… Read more »
On June 3rd, Debbi Roberts participated on a panel discussing initial considerations for the small dollar lending businesses as consumers re-enter the world. The issues discussed include qualifying consumers who were recently unemployed or underemployed, addressing forthcoming consumer bankruptcies and having policies and procedures in place for the future. The other panelists included Jeremy Pope… Read more »
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 »
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 »
On February 19 Karen Cullen of CrossCheck Compliance LLC and Richard Horn of Garris Horn PLLC led a one-hour webinar regarding the CFPB’s fair lending focus on redlining and marketing discrimination claims. The CFPB has noted in recent public reports that its fair lending efforts in the mortgage industry are focused on redlining and marketing discrimination. This… Read more »
CHICAGO, IL – January 13, 2020 – CrossCheck Compliance LLC (CrossCheck), a leading provider of regulatory compliance and due diligence services, announced today that the firm has been reviewed and added to the Kroll Bond Rating Agency’s (KBRA) published list of accepted third-party review firms whose review diligence grading, results, and reports conform to KBRA’s… Read more »
Chicago, IL – January 7, 2020 – CrossCheck Compliance LLC (“CrossCheck”) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire certain assets of Sovereign Mortgage Services, Inc. (“Sovereign”). The acquisition strengthens CrossCheck’s position in the financial services industry as a high-quality provider of mortgage quality control services and expands its client base… Read more »
On January 30, 2020 MBA Education and CrossCheck Compliance held part one of the Internal Audit webinar series. MBA webinars are complimentary to MBA members. The continuing regulatory focus by the CFPB, the GSEs, and other investors has driven the need for mortgage companies to enhance their corporate governance structures by implementing effective internal audit… Read more »
On February 13, 2020, MBA Education and CrossCheck Compliance held part two of the Internal Audit webinar series. Building on themes in part one, we discussed how effective internal audit programs evolve over time. What does it mean to have an effective internal audit function? What is the best structure for your internal audit function?… Read more »
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.
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 »
On December 6th, the Chicagoland Compliance Association (CCA) held an event at Northern Trust. The event included Legislative and HMDA Updates and a discussion of Complaint Management How-To’s. Karen Cullen presented How to Prepare Your HMDA Submission. Liza Warner, along with Donald Piattoni, Business Analytics Lead, PNC Bank, spoke about classifying complaints and key metrics… Read more »
On Monday, October 21, Heidi Wier was a co-presenter with Allen Denson, Partner of Hudson Cook, LLP, at the FISCA Money Trends Conference in Miami, FL. Their topic was entitled: The CFPB Examination Process and Critical Compliance Issues. This workshop provided attendees with the fundamentals of compliance management systems, examination preparations, and post-examination processes.
November 4-6, RegList held their Fall 2019 Compliance event in Huntington Beach, CA. The two full days of content included presentations on timely and impactful topics, as well as opportunities to work alongside fellow RegListers to share knowledge and network. On Day Two, Monika McCarthy presented with Rich Horn, Managing Member, Garris Horn, on CFPB’s… Read more »
On October 25th, the IMBA held its Mortgage Market Update event at the Wintrust Mortgage office in Rosemont, IL. Topics included an economic forecast, updates from Fannie Mae, a non-QM product discussion, and the impact of MI risk-based pricing on secondary and origination. Chris Ortigara moderated the non-QM panel.
On October 15th in Rosemont, IL, Chris Ortigara participated in the Arch MI Executive Roundtable. At this complimentary panel luncheon for Chicago-area mortgage executives, Chris addressed new regulatory requirements facing lenders. Other panelists included Bernard Nossuli, iEmergent Chief Operating Officer, Brett O’Daniell, HomeTraq Co-Founder and Laura Kay Sheely, Arch MI Account Manager. Sheely co-hosted the… Read more »
On November 7th Jim Shankle presented a webinar entitled – Avoiding Surprises in Mortgage Servicing. As banks face competitive challenges and increased regulatory and investor scrutiny, establishing internal monitoring systems to provide ongoing feedback on critical servicing components should be an integral part of the management structure for all loan servicers. Preventing surprises that can… Read more »
October 23-25, 2019 in Park City, Utah This year’s annual UBA Fall Compliance Conference, named Compliance Superhero Conference, offered compliance professionals in-depth, content-rich discussions that addressed critically important topics. Tracey Levandoski, director in CrossCheck’s Regulatory Compliance and Internal Audit practices, was one of the featured speakers. Tracey presented: CMS Auditors: Superheros or Your Bank Nemesis?… Read more »
November 12-13, WMBA held its Second Annual Mortgage Bootcamp. Designed for those who work in the mortgage industry, this highly recommended one-and-a half day seminar walked attendees through the mortgage loan cycle and everything they needed to know to be a stronger mortgage professional. On Day Two, Heidi Wier, managing director in CrossCheck’s Regulatory Compliance… Read more »
On November 6, Karen Cullen presented a fair lending webinar for the MBA entitled: Checking the Effectiveness of Your Fair Lending Program. As of October 1, MBA webinars are complimentary to MBA members. History has taught us that the regulatory landscape is ever evolving, and strong compliance programs are able to adjust to changes when… Read more »
On October 30, Heidi Wier and Karen Cullen presented a webinar for the MBA entitled: What Your HMDA Data Says About Your Fair Lending Performance. As of October 1, MBA webinars are complimentary to MBA members. In this webinar, Heidi and Karen addressed how to implement an ongoing monitoring process to ensure the integrity of… Read more »
On Thursday September 26th, Karen Cullen, director in CrossCheck’s Regulatory Compliance and Fair & Responsible Lending practices, presented at the CFCA’s annual meeting, held in Orlando, FL. Karen’s presentation covered how to perform a Health Check of Your Fair Lending Program – Connecting Risk Assessment and Performance Analysis. **The Full Fall 2019 Compliance Conference was… Read more »
On Tuesday, October 1st at 2:00 ET, Jim Shankle and Chris Ortigara presented a webinar entitled Monitoring Mortgage Servicing and Avoiding Surprises. As mortgage servicers face competitive challenges and increased regulatory and investor scrutiny, management must rely on internal systems to provide ongoing feedback on critical servicing components. Establishing internal monitoring systems should be an… Read more »
On Tuesday August 27 at the WBA conference in Huntington Beach, CA, Jim Shankle, managing director, Regulatory Compliance and Internal Audit, spoke on the topic: Avoiding Surprises in Mortgage Servicing. His presentation included the challenges that mortgage servicers have had regarding compliance with CFPB servicing rules, servicing transfers, regulatory and investor quality control requirements, and… Read more »
On Wednesday, August 7th, Monika McCarthy participated in the American Law Institute Continuing Education (ALI CLE) webcast/telephone seminar on Enterprise Risk Management for Attorneys: A How-To on Mitigating Risk. Participants learned how they can have a positive impact on their client’s risk management practices. This practical webcast benefited business attorneys, corporate counsel, in-house counsel, insurance… Read more »
Debbi Roberts has joined CrossCheck Compliance as a business development director with responsibilities for managing client relationships across all of the firm’s services.
On July 31, Karen Cullen, director in the Regulatory Compliance and Fair & Responsible Lending practices, presented a webinar entitled, Health Check of Your Fair Lending Program: Connecting Risk Assessment and Performance Analysis for the Western Bankers Association. In this webinar, participants discovered how risk assessment drives the priority of performance analysis and, in… Read more »
On July 19, fair lending expert, Karen Cullen spoke at NICA’s July meeting. Her presentation, Health Check: Fair Lending, addressed how to understand your fair lending risk and right size your compliance.
On Wednesday, July 10th, Jim Treacy presented a webinar entitled, Overdraft Programs Compliance Best Practices. Jim is a CPA and a Certified BSA Officer with over 20 years of operational, financial and compliance experience in the financial services industry.
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 »
On July 26, Karen Cullen, director in the Regulatory Compliance and Fair & Responsible Lending practices, spoke about what’s next in fair lending. Her presentation covered AI and the fair lending risk associated with using models; even when one thinks there is no discretion in decision.
Tracey Levandoski presented What You Need to Know as a Mortgage Lender at the Iowa Mortgage Association Boot Camp held May 16-17, 2019.
On Monday May 6th, Monika McCarthy, managing director and general counsel, participated on a panel at the MBA’s Legal Issues and Regulatory Compliance Conference. This panel was part of the Applied Compliance Track and specifically addresses UDAAP Compliance. The other panelists included Anthony (Tony) Alexis, partner at Goodwin; Michelle Rogers, partner at Buckley LLP; and… Read more »
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 »
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 – 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 »
In Orlando, FL on April 5, Monika McCarthy, managing director and general counsel, presented “Banking Ethics, Governance & Risk Mitigation Best Practices”.
On April 1 in Tucson, AZ, Karen Cullen, director in CrossCheck’s Regulatory Compliance and Fair & Responsible Lending practices, was a panelist at the ABA’s Spring 2019 Intermediate Compliance School. The panel addressed Compliance Hot Topics.
On March 11th, Jim Treacy, director, and Heidi Wier, managing director, taught Regulation Z, TRID and Ability to Repay. On March 15th Heidi Wier taught HMDA.
On Wednesday, February 27th, Jim Shankle, managing director, participated on a panel, Quality Control for Major Operational Risk Areas, at the Mortgage Bankers Association’s National Servicing Conference. The panel identified the top operational risk areas for servicers and recommended how to ensure adequate quality control. These risk areas include vendor management, customer handling and response,… Read more »
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?
On February 19th, Heidi Wier, managing director, taught the following topics: Regulation Z, Fair Lending, HMDA, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, SAFE Act and Flood, among other topics.
On Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, IMBA’s Risk Management Committee in conjunction with Neighborhood Loans and CrossCheck Compliance, offered a complimentary webinar: HMDA: Submit with Confidence, Keys to Successful Data Integrity The presenters included: Karen Cullen, Director, CrossCheck Compliance Heidi Wier, Managing Director, CrossCheck Compliance Moderator: Nathan Britsch, Executive VP, Compliance, Neighborhood Loans
On Thursday, January 24th Heidi Wier, managing director, and Karen Cullen, director, presented a webinar for the California MBA’s Mortgage Quality and Compliance Committee entitled HMDA: Submit with Confidence, Keys to Successful Data Integrity. Participants learned ways to finalize their LAR submissions and handle last minute integrity issues all while not falling behind with 2019… Read more »
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 – 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.
HMDA: Get Answers to Your Most Pressing Questions! On December 7th in Chicago, IL, industry experts and front-line subject matter experts provided an update on HMDA related topics. Karen Cullen, director, Regulatory Compliance and Fair & Responsible Lending, spoke on HMDA Data Integrity: Importance of Systemic and Logic Reviews.
On December 4th in Chicago, the IMBA presented an economic and mortgage market overview. Chris Ortigara, director, who chairs the IMBA Secondary Marketing Committee, moderated a panel which included Peter J. Taglia, senior VP, FTN Financial Capital Assets Corporation; Paul Lueken, CEO, Draper & Kramer Mortgage; Jeremy Collett, executive director, Capital Markets, Guaranteed Rate; and… Read more »
On December 4th from 1:30 to 3:30 Central Time, Heidi Wier presented a webinar through Total Training Solutions and CU Webinars.com on the methods credit unions can use to ensure that their HMDA data is accurate. This webinar was beneficial for anyone who has responsibility for HMDA data integrity or analyzing the information to help… Read more »
At the California MBA Legal Issues and Regulatory Compliance Conference in Newport Beach California, December 3 – 4, 2018, Monika McCarthy, managing director and general counsel, moderated the General Counsel Roundtable with the following panelists: Je Yon Jung, AmWest Funding Corp., Tom Noto, Stearns Lending, Lauren Ingersoll, Inspire Home Loans, and Ken Block, New American… Read more »
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 »
On November 29th at 9:00 pacific time, Heidi Wier and Jim Treacy presented a webinar program entitled Overdraft Programs, Compliance Best Practices. Attendees of this webinar learned the regulatory ‘requirements’ relating to overdraft programs as well as the regulatory ‘guidance’ and best practices on the topic.
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 »
On November 14th, Liza Warner, managing director, presented Preparing for Internal and External Fair Lending Audits as part of a panel on Fair Lending Enforcements, Audits, and New Frontiers to the Financial Institutions Committee. The panel included Illinois Assistant Attorney General Vijay Raghavan and John Mussman, Rimon P.C., Partner.
On December 11th at 9:00 PT Heidi Wier presented a webinar for the Western Bankers Association on HMDA Data Integrity. Participants will learn how to manage HMDA risk, how leveraging technology can help increase the accuracy of HMDA data, and how to test for issues before the regulators do to avoid resubmissions.
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.
This conference on consumer financial services law took place on November 5 and 6 at the Texas A&M School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas. Monika McCarthy, managing director and general counsel, moderated a panel on ethics for financial services lawyers with panelists Sabrina Neff, Husch Blackwell and Sanford Shatz, McGlinchey Stafford. 12 hours CLE… Read more »
Karen Cullen, CRCM, and director in the regulatory compliance and fair & responsible lending practices, presented HMDA Rule Changes at three sessions of the WBA’s Compliance Forum – 10/30 in Stevens Point, 10/31 in the Wisconsin Dells and 11/1 in Pewaukee. With HMDA submission right around the corner, it is a good time to review… Read more »
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 »
November 13-14 in Delafield, Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Mortgage Bankers Association hosted a new one-and-a-half day seminar was designed for mortgage professionals of all levels of experience who to increase their knowledge of the business and grow sales potential. On Day Two, November 14th, Karen Cullen, CRCM, director in the regulatory compliance and fair & responsible… Read more »
On October 10th at 9:00 pacific time, Karen Cullen, director in the Regulatory Compliance and Fair Lending practices, presented a webinar for the Western Bankers on the subject of Fair Lending for Commercial Lenders. In this webinar, participants gained a better understanding of fair lending regulations, learned how to develop a risk assessment and controls,… Read more »
On October 4th, at the CCA’s annual conference, Jim Shankle participated on a panel, Mortgage Servicing Rules for Servicers. The panel also included Solomon Maman, Partner, Noonan Lieberman. Sharon Michnuk, Head of Consumer Risk/Risk Management, CIBC Bank was the moderator.
On Thursday, October 4th, CrossCheck at this conference Heidi Wier, managing director, presented on HMDA Data Integrity Review – Methods for Ensuring HMDA Data Accuracy and Liza Warner, managing director, presented on Compliance Risk Assessment.
On November 1st in Oakbrook, Illinois, Tracey Levandoski, CRCM, and a manager in the regulatory compliance and internal audit practices, presented on risk assessment at the Illinois Mortgage Bankers Association Regulatory Update.
This webinar, presented on September 27, is now available for purchase on the MBA’s website. The presenters discussed how effective internal audit programs evolve over time. While previous MBA internal audit webinars focused on basic elements of the program, this webinar provided more advanced information. The panel, moderated by Chris Ortigara CMB®, included CrossCheck presenters,… Read more »
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 »
On September 14th, NICA, in partnership with the Illinois Bankers Association (IBA), held an informative one-day workshop. Karen Cullen, CRCM, and a director with CrossCheck Compliance, presented HMDA Follow Up (Tips and Tricks and What We Have Learned). Do you know the integrity of your HMDA data? This interactive session included a discussion of how… Read more »
On Thursday, September 13th, Monika L. McCarthy, managing director and general counsel, moderated a general counsel roundtable. This dynamic panel from banking, mortgage, and fintech companies discussed current risks they face and mitigate, their expectations and requirements for outside counsel, and best practices for in-house counsel.
On August 21st Heidi Wier presented a webinar on the methods lenders can use to ensure that their HMDA data is accurate. This webinar was beneficial for anyone with responsibility for HMDA data integrity or analyzing the information to help manage fair lending risk, including senior management, compliance officers, attorneys and auditors.
On Sunday September 16th, Mike Forester, managing director, participated on the Anti-Money Laundering, Know Your Customer and Fraud panel at the MBA’s Regulatory Compliance Conference in Washington D.C. This panel was part of the Emerging Compliance Risk Track.
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.
On August 2nd, Karen Cullen and Heidi Wier presented a webinar for the Western Bankers Association on the topic of UDAAP compliance risk. In this webinar, participants learned the best practices for incorporating UDAAP into a compliance management program, how to develop a UDAAP risk assessment and measure UDAAP risk, and how applying customer service… Read more »
On July 20th, Karen Cullen, director in the Regulatory Compliance and Fair Lending practices presented on Fair Lending: Strong Compliance Management and Understanding/Controlling Risk. This meeting was held at Giovanni’s in Rockford, Illinois.
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 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 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 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.
At the Conference on Consumer Finance Law, held in Chicago, Illinois at Loyola University, Chicago School of Law May 31-June 1, 2018, Monika McCarthy, managing director and general counsel, moderated a panel on Cybersecurity.
Heidi Wier, managing director, presented on Lending Compliance at the WBA’s Lending Boot Camp which was held in Madison, Wisconsin May 15-17, 2018. Her topics included fair lending, HMDA, Regulation Z, Regulation X, flood insurance, SAFE Act, Regulation B, FACTA, FCRA and UDAAP.
Heidi Wier, managing director, and Jim Treacy, director, taught at the WBA’s Real Estate Compliance School held March 13-15, 2018. Their topics included Regulation Z and HMDA, the 2018 requirements and early lessons learned.
On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel, Jim Treacy presented a regulatory compliance update. Jim is a CPA and a director in CrossCheck’s regulatory compliance and internal audit practices. His presentation included a discussion of the current regulatory environment and recent regulatory changes impacting banks, including the July 2017 updates to… Read more »
On Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country, Todd Krell, managing director, moderated a panel on fraud for the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association. During this session, the panel addressed the potential for the increase of fraud with the growth of electronic document processes.
On Monday, April 30, 2018, at the MBA Legal Issues and Regulatory Compliance Conference in Los Angeles, California, Karen Cullen, director in CrossCheck’s compliance and fair & responsible lending practices was on a panel entitled Controlling the Narrative: Using Internal Data for Better Market Penetration.
Mollie Sudhoff, a manager in CrossCheck’s regulatory compliance and internal audit practices moderated three sessions at the 33rd Annual Consumer Compliance Seminar, April 11-13, 2018 in Orlando, Florida. The first session was the Regulator Panel: Current Examination & Enforcement Focus, Findings & Expectations”. The second was the “Florida Attorney Panel Potpourri: ADA, Collections, Florida TCPA,… Read more »
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).
Heidi Wier, managing director, taught compliance for residential mortgage lenders at the WBA’s Mortgage Lending School on February 20, 2018. The topics she covered included ECOA (Regulation B), TILA/RESPA (Regulation Z), Ability to Repay and Qualified Mortgages, Fair Lending, HMDA (Regulation C) and the SAFE Act. Students gained the knowledge they need to be successful… Read more »
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.
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.
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.
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 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 »
Monika McCarthy, managing director and general gounsel, moderated the General Counsel Roundtable at this conference which was held on December 4 and 5 in Irvine, California.
On November 8th, Jim Treacy, director, addressed the Regulation CC changes. This seminar was geared specifically towards compliance officers.
Heidi Wier, managing director, presented HMDA – The Recent Finalized Amendments. The Forum was held October 31, November 1 and November 2 at different locations in Wisconsin.
Heidi Wier, managing director, and Jim Treacy, director, taught a class on Reg Z and TRID, and Heidi also taught a class on HMDA, at the WBA’s Real Estate Compliance School on September 27th and 28th at the Wintergreen Resort & Conference Center in the Wisconsin Dells. This school was designed to provide attendees with… Read more »
On Sunday September 17th at the MBA’s Regulatory Compliance Conference, Monika McCarthy, managing director & general counsel, spoke, along with H. Burton Embry, executive vice president & chief compliance officer, Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc. This interactive session provided participants an opportunity to solve compliance problems and identify the tools and methods for solutions.
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.
Jim Treacy, director, presented Final TRID and Mortgage Servicing Clarifications on Friday, September 8th at the NICA workshop. Jim “clarified” the clarifications and technical amendments on the final TRID rule issued by the CFPB July 7th. He also discussed the impact of the final rules issued by the CFPB on August 4, 2016 amending certain… Read more »
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
This roundtable article reflects on MSAs, challenges facing the mortgage industry and what lenders can do to better protect their data and information.
The authors discuss the three critical components of successfully managing third-party risk of fintechs.
Liza Warner discusses best practices for managing the compliance function in this article published in ABA Bank Compliance.
Jim Shankle, managing director in the Regulatory Compliance and Internal Audit practices, spoke on the servicing compliance panel at this conference which took place August 6-8th in San Diego, CA. Servicing related articles can be found in the Related Resources section of Regulatory Compliance.
In Mortgage Compliance Magazine, Todd Krell discusses how you can have a more effective quality assurance program.