MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Regulatory experts from Wolters Kluwer Financial Services have identified a list of top compliance issues facing U.S. financial institutions in 2015. Heightened regulatory scrutiny, together with the enactment of major new regulations and pending rule changes, will represent significant challenges of varying impact for financial institutions from an operational, procedural, governance, staffing, and technology standpoint, including:
- Truth-in-Lending Act and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act integrated disclosure requirements take effect Aug. 1. The TILA-RESPA rules present unprecedented changes that will impact lenders’ entire mortgage operations, including business processes, technology, policies and procedures, vendor relationships, employee readiness, and customer service. Failure to comply could result in significant fines and penalties, costing thousands of dollars each day, as well as in regulatory and reputational risks. For details, visit the TILA-RESPA Resource Center.
- New Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data collection requirements will be issued, although the final scope and details, along with an implementation date, are still unknown. What is clear is that the extent and breadth of additional data collection fields required will be significant, imposing added challenges on banks and other financial institutions.
- Heightened emphasis on mortgage servicing and sub-servicing rules will continue—regulatory agencies have been very demonstrative about their intent in this area. During 2015, the industry can expect continued changes in mortgage servicing rules that will include new protections for surviving family members and other homeowners.
- Heightened regulatory scrutiny around bank examinations will continue, with even greater attention on the role a bank’s board of directors plays in overseeing compliance. Increasingly, examiners are monitoring to ensure that boards are fully involved not only in the establishment but in the oversight of an organization’s compliance programs.
- Fair and responsible lending regulatory efforts will increase. Since 2011, federal regulatory agencies have successfully prosecuted a number of cases involving discriminatory lending practices, leading to over $1 billion in monetary relief for individual borrowers and impacted communities. Lenders will need to enhance their ability to conduct effective risk assessments that promote fair and responsible lending concepts, maintain effective governance, and employ technologies that enhance their compliance management systems while building a fair and responsible lending culture.
“We continue to encourage banks to build a thoughtful and comprehensive compliance strategy for 2015,” says Edward Kramer, executive vice president, Regulatory Affairs, for Wolters Kluwer Financial Services. “The old mantra of ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’ is more relevant today than ever, as non-compliance increasingly is leading to severe monetary consequences that range from fines and penalties to harsh reputational and regulatory consequences.”
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Wolters Kluwer Financial Services provides customers worldwide with risk management, compliance, finance and audit solutions that help them successfully navigate regulatory complexity, optimize risk and financial performance, and manage data to support critical decisions. With more than 30 offices in 20 countries, our prominent brands include: AppOne®, AuthenticWeb™, Bankers Systems®, Capital Changes, CASH Suite™, GainsKeeper®, NILS®, OneSumX®, TeamMate®, Uniform Forms™, VMP® Mortgage Solutions and Wiz®. Wolters Kluwer Financial Services is part of Wolters Kluwer, which had 2013 annual revenues of €3.6 billion ($4.7 billion), employs 19,000 employees worldwide, and maintains operations in over 40 countries across Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. Wolters Kluwer is headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands. Its shares are quoted on Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices.