Slideshow 'What blue wave?': Comments of the week

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  • August 09 2018, 10:00pm EDT
Readers opine on prospects for the midterm elections, respond to Facebook's forays into collecting bank data, weigh in on new overdraft legislation and more.

On the problems with Facebook's efforts to use bank customer data to develop features for its site:

"I think the technical term for this is 'bad idea'."

Related: Banks won't 'like' this offer from Facebook

Another reader responds to Facebook's forays into gathering bank data:

"I read somewhere, 'If you are getting anything for free, you are the product.' I cannot imagine a bank insane enough to agree to Facebook's offer... but, then again, people shock me on a regular basis."

Related: Banks won't 'like' this offer from Facebook

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On an argument that bankers need to prepare for the possibility of a "blue wave" in the midterm elections this fall:

"what blue wave? A GOP win is a win. The regulatory changes provided by the Trump administration is just the tip of the ice burg. FIs will have more latitude than ever to meet the needs of their customers, lend in a more concise manner, and not spend as much of the bottomline trying maintain the over reaching regulations."

Related: A blue wave is coming. Banks need to get ready

On legislation by Sens. Cory Booker and Sherrod Brown that would ban overdraft fees on debit card transactions and ATM withdrawals:

"The solution is simple...don't allow a fee to be treated any differently than interest rates. Strengthen and enforce usury laws. Technology exists to prevent all overdrafts. Consider only allowing a fee if the item is paid. If you are making the lion share of your profits off of the poor you have a shameful business model. If the only way to extend credit is to charge 35% or more, this is a broken lending arrangement."

Related: Senate Dems propose new crackdown on overdraft fees

Another reader responds to new overdraft legislation from Senate Democrats:

"'But the senators cited a Pew Charitable Trusts study that said 52% of people who overdrew their checking accounts and paid a fee in the past year could not recall consenting to the service.'" Does anyone recall receiving the vast amounts of disclosures banks are required to provide at time of account opening? The Dems want more disclosures and most people could care less about the disclosures and their content. Where's the accountability when someone overdraws their account?"

Related: Senate Dems propose new crackdown on overdraft fees

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On how regulatory sandboxes offer something for fintech startups and regulators alike:

"It is time to rethink the entire regulatory model used to oversee the activities of both insured commercial banks and non-bank firms. Our current bank and financial regulatory system is the textbook definition of disparate impact. Various financial stakeholders are being regulated in significantly different ways that gives certain segments significant advantages over other like segments within the same industry! We must find a better regulatory mousetrap."

Related: CFPB’s regulatory sandbox isn’t just about helping fintechs

On an argument that bankers should contribute to the re-election campaign of Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., for his support of the regulatory relief law passed this spring:

"If Americans want more bi-partisanship in Congress they must reward bi-partisan behavior when they see it. Congress is hyper-partisan because Americans are hyper-partisan. If we are going to fix dysfunctional government, it starts with us! We have been given a perfect opportunity to recognize and reward bi-partisan regulatory reform. We better step up or we may never see it again."

Related: Why bankers should support a Democrat in the midterms

Another reader weighs the argument that community bankers should support Tester in the midterms:

"Tester plays a "moderate" on TV every 6 years. Votes in support of a far-left agenda outside of election years. Reward him for the few times he voted opportunistically with Republicans for sensible banking legislation? I don't know... maybe just vote for the Republican?"

Related: Why bankers should support a Democrat in the midterms

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On how problems surfacing at the Federal Housing Finance Agency could impact mortgage finance policy:

"Fannie and Freddie need reform. Getting a home loan today is the most difficult ever. Deserving borrowers are denied by the mountains of paper work, delays in gathering information, disclosures that are meaningless to the borrower and rules that have no substance to the credit decision. This is the key reason we continue to have a sluggish housing market even at the tail end of the economic recovery cycle. the FHFA could help with new leadership but Congress must act."

Related: What FHFA scandals mean for agency's future, GSE reform