How the OCC Is Back to Protecting Banks Rather Than Consumers

Here, in the Times, by Ben Protess and Jessica Silver-Greenberg. Excerpt:

After the financial crisis in 2008, the Obama administration turned one of the banking industry’s friendliest regulators into one of its toughest. But that agency is now starting to look like its old self — and becoming a vital player in the Trump administration’s campaign to roll back regulations.

The regulator, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, which oversees the nation’s biggest banks, has made it easier for Wall Street to offer high-interest, payday-style loans. It has softened a policy for punishing banks suspected of discriminatory lending. And it has clashed with another federal regulator that pushed to give consumers greater power to sue financial institutions.

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At a meeting with staff members over the summer, [interim head Keith Norieka] declared that the agency was returning to what he called its natural state, according to one of those who attended.

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