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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Office for Older Americans

April 29, 2014. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Office for Older Americans. Washington, DC. Disclaimer .

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Office for Older Americans

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  1. April 29, 2014 Consumer Financial Protection BureauOffice for Older Americans Washington, DC
  2. Disclaimer This presentation is being made by a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau representative on behalf of the Bureau.  It does not constitute legal interpretation, guidance or advice of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  Note: This document was used in support of a live discussion.  As such, it does not necessarily express the entirety of that discussion nor the relative emphasis of topics therein. 2
  3. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Created in Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act; launched July 2011 Mission: make markets for consumer financial products and services work for Americans — whether they are applying for a mortgage, choosing among credit cards, or using any number of other consumer financial products Core functions: educate, enforce and study 3
  4. Office for Older Americans (OA) Mission: help consumers 62+ to get the financial education and training they need to: Prevent unfair, deceptive and abusive practices aimed at seniors Help seniors make sound financial decisions as they age The only office in the federal government specifically dedicated to the financial health of older consumers 4
  5. Office for Older Americans, cont’d OA is: developing education initiatives coordinating efforts with federal and state regulatory agencies, and law enforcement collaborating with community leaders and local organizations 5
  6. Congressional Mandates Report on senior certifications and designations by financial advisors to Congress, SEC - April 2013 (included recommendations for State policymakers) Findings from the report were used to produce a plain language guide to help consumers assess financial adviser certifications for quality and accountability Guide available free for download http://promotions.usa.gov/cfpbpubs.html 6
  7. Consumer Guide: Know Your Financial Adviser Important questions to ask: Does the title or certification require college-level coursework? Can you file a complaint with a state agency if you have a problem with your financial adviser? Is the credential from an accredited organization? Do you know how your adviser is paid? Is your adviser working in your best interest? Red Flags: “Educational” investment workshops Freebies like meals and golf trips High pressure tactics and exaggerated claims (low risk, high return, act now!) 7
  8. Congressional Mandates Reverse Mortgage Study, June 2012 Congress directed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to conduct a study on reverse mortgages as part of the Dodd-FrankWall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. This report examines the changes that have taken place in the marketplace and in the consumers who use reverse mortgages. Findings from the report were used to produce a plain language guide that highlights key decision points for consumers. The guide helps prospective reverse mortgage borrowers assess the financial ramifications of securing a reverse mortgage, including payout and product options and alternatives. 8
  9. OA Initiatives: Managing Someone Else’s Money PROBLEM: Declining capacity to handle finances can make older adults vulnerable People with diminished capacity often need surrogate to handle their money “Lay fiduciaries” – critical source of help; often have no training; some even commit fraud CFPB INITIATIVE: Released a set of guides called Managing Someone Else’s Money User-friendly “how-to” guides for agents under powers of attorney, guardians, trustees, Social Security representative payees and VA fiduciaries National guides available free in bulk http://promotions.usa.gov/cfpbpubs.html Upcoming: state-specific guides for six states: AZ, FL, GA, IL, OR, VA; and a replication manual for other states 9
  10. OA Initiatives: Money Smart for Older Adults PROBLEM: Many older Americans, their caregivers, and others in the community don’t know how to spot and avoid frauds and scams CFPB INITIATIVE: The Office developed an awareness program called Money Smart for Older Adults in collaboration with the FDIC Content on common issues facing seniors, including how to identify a potential scam or fraud Materials for trainers to provide presentations on preventing, recognizing, and reporting elder financial exploitation Participant guides and link to training module at http://www.consumerfinance.gov/older-americans/ 10
  11. OA Initiatives: Financial Institution Role in Reporting Exploitation PROBLEM: Financial institution personnel observe signs that an older account holder may be the victim of financial abuse, but may be unsure whether federal privacy laws permit them to share their suspicions with government agencies CFPB INITIATIVE CFPB and seven other federal financial regulators issued Interagency Guidance on Sept. 24 on the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) and reporting financial abuse of older adults Guidance clarifies that reporting suspected financial abuse of older adults to appropriate local, state, or federal agencies does not generally violate the privacy provisions of GLBA 11
  12. Office for Older Americans (OA) - EJCC Elder Justice Coordinating Council: The Elder Justice Act of 2009, as part of the Affordable Care Act, establishes the Elder Justice Coordinating Council to coordinate activities related to elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation across the Federal government Brings together on a semi-annual basis leaders from 12 government agencies, including the CFPB The Office for Older Americans represents the CFPB on the Elder Justice Working Group that staffs the Council 12
  13. OA Initiatives: Congregate Care Facilities PROBLEM: Residents of assisted living and nursing facilities can become victims of fraud and financial abuse Operators of facilities may see that bills are going unpaid and residents are threatened with eviction, but they don’t know how to intervene in cases of financial exploitation CFPB INITIATIVE: Producing a national guide for operators of congregate facilities Provide them with skills to identify and intervene in exploitation cases further upstream and to have protocols for doing so 13
  14. OA Initiatives: Financial Exploitation Prevention and Response Networks Study PROBLEM: Limited knowledge of the value and benefits of collaborative efforts to prevent and respond to elder financial exploitation  CFPB INITIATIVE: The Office for Older Americans is working with the Library of Congress Federal Research Division to conduct a study of existing elder financial protection networks to identify the benefits and challenges of these collaborative efforts Creating a replication guide that will: support existing networks with adopting effective models and promising practices for raising awareness and responding to elder financial exploitation, and for strengthening their work, sustainability and capacity help CFPB and many communities across the nation to develop their own networks to address this growing problem 14
  15. OA Initiatives: Older Americans Protection Networks PROBLEM: Lack of public awareness, early reporting; training for professionals and collaboration by responders and prosecutors. CFPB INITIATIVE: The Office has supported the development or enhancement of existing multi-disciplinary teams in four states Engagement of stakeholders such as APS, law enforcement, prosecutors, legal services providers, government (e.g. SSA), financial institutions, financial service professionals such as financial advisers, accountants, mortgage brokers and real estate agents Adoption/creation of public education and awareness program, including Money Smart for Older Adults 15
  16. CFPB Tools/Services for Consumers of All Ages Ask CFPB Interactive online tool with answers to many questions regarding financial services and products  Can browse by topics, e.g. “fees” or “closing,” or by populations, like servicemembers, students, and older Americans Under “older Americans” tag, find answers to questions about financial products and services, powers of attorney, accepting assistance with bill-paying and banking, and tips to avoid financial harm http://www.consumerfinance.gov/askcfpb/ 16
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  18. CFPB Tools and Services, cont’d Consumer Complaints Accepts consumer complaints by phone, mail, fax, and through website Currently handles complaints about credit cards, credit reports, debt collection, money transfers, mortgages, bank accounts and services, car loans, other consumer loans, and private student loans CFPB forwards complaint to the company and works to get a response from them If another government agency would be better able to assist, CFPB forwards the complaint and lets the consumer know http://www.consumerfinance.gov/complaint/ “Tell your story” 18
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  20. Contact Nora Dowd Eisenhower nora.eisenhower@cfpb.gov Office for Older Americans olderamericans@cfpb.gov 20
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