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WBA Compliance Center

The WBA Compliance Center is designed to highlight the services your bank can use to stay on top of the various compliance issues you will soon be facing.

The recently passed federal financial regulatory reform bill (Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act) will deeply affect the future of the banking industry in Wisconsin. It has been conservatively estimated that the Dodd-Frank bill will generate 5,000 pages of new rules. Banks will be subject to at least 30 new or expanded regulations as a result of the enactment of the most sweeping rewrite of banking laws since the Great Depression. This will add to banks’ already high compliance costs and limit revenue opportunities.

Let WBA help you. Use the resources listed on this page to keep your compliance issues under control.



To help members avoid social media missteps, WBA now has a Model Social Media policy available for purchase by member banks. The policy, drafted by the WBA Legal Department, includes instructions and options enabling you to customize the policy to your institution’s unique needs. It is delivered electronically via the Internet, so you can quickly review and customize the text. The policy also incorporates the latest developments and opinions from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Order the WBA Model Social Media Policy


Latest Compliance News
FTC requests comment on Holder Rule
Nov. 30, 2015
The FTC will be conducting a systematic review of the Holder Rule and is seeking comment on the efficiency, costs, benefits and impact...
Regs M and Z exemptions unchanged for 2016
Nov. 30, 2015
The FRB and CFPB have announced that the dollar thresholds in Reg Z and Reg M, both currently $54,600, will remain unchanged for 2016.
Fed finalizes changes to Dodd-Frank stress tests
Nov. 30, 2015
The Fed has finalized several changes to the Dodd-Frank Act-mandated stress tests for banks with more than $10 billion in assets.
FDIC updates national rates
Nov. 30, 2015
The FDIC has updated its weekly national rates and rate caps.
Fed proposes disclosure of large bank liquidity profiles
Nov. 25, 2015
The FRB has proposed a rule requiring large banks to publically disclose several measures of their liquidity profile.
New FDIC cybersecurity awareness resources
Nov. 24, 2015
The FDIC has issued FIL-55-2015 to announced new cybersecurity awareness resources for financial institutions.
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CFPB Issues Final Mortgage Rules

CFPB issues updated final mortgage rule for rural and underserved areas

The CFPB has finalized several changes to its mortgage rules to facilitate responsible lending by small creditors, particularly in rural and underserved areas. The final rule will be effective Jan. 1, 2016. View final rule

The new rule, which was proposed in January, will increase the number of financial institutions able to offer certain types of mortgages in rural and underserved areas, and gives small creditors time to adjust their business practices to comply with the rules. The final rule will:

  • Expand the definition of "small creditor": The loan origination limit for small-creditor status will be raised from 500 first-lien mortgage loans to 2,000 and will exclude loans held in portfolio by the creditor and its affiliates.
  • Include mortgage affiliates in calculation of small-creditor status: The final rule does not change the current asset limit for small-creditor status, which is set at less than $2 billion (adjusted annually) in total assets as of the end of the preceding calendar year. However, under the new rule the assets of the creditor's mortgage-originating affiliates are included in calculating whether a creditor is under the limit.
  • Expand the definition of "rural" areas: In addition to counties that are considered to be "rural" under the CFPB's current mortgage rules, today's final rule expands the definition of "rural" to include census blocks that are not in an urban area as defined by the Census Bureau.
  • Provide grace periods for small creditor and rural or underserved creditor status: Creditors that exceed the origination limit or asset-size limit in the preceding calendar year will be allowed to operate, in certain circumstances, as a small creditor with respect to mortgage transactions with applications received prior to April 1 of the current calendar year. The final rule creates a similar grace period for creditors that no longer operated predominantly in rural or underserved areas during the preceding calendar year.
  • Create a one-year qualifying period for rural or underserved creditor status: The final rule adjusts the time period used in determining whether a creditor is operating predominately in rural or underserved areas, from any of the three preceding calendar years to the preceding calendar year.
  • Provide additional implementation time for small creditors: Eligible small creditors are currently able to make balloon-payment Qualified Mortgages and balloon-payment high-cost mortgages regardless of where they operate, under a temporary exemption scheduled to expire on January 10, 2016. The final rule extends the sunset of that provision to cover balloon-payment mortgage transactions with applications received before April 1, 2016, giving creditors more time to understand how any changes will affect their status, and to adjust their business practices.
WBA Model Policy Library for Corporate Governance

Introducing the WBA Model Policy Library for Corporate Governance! Here your bank is able to purchase a single policy or charter or can mix and match a variety. Click here for more information and a complete list of the materials developed for this resource.

TILA/RESPA Resources

TILA/RESPA Resources to help you implement the new disclosures:

Order "Your Home Loan Toolkit"

Effective October 3, 2015

Created by the CFPB, Your Home Loan Toolkit - A Step-by_step Guide will replace the existing Settlement Cost Booklet. This booklet is designed to be used in connection with the new Loan Estimate and Closing Disclosure Form.

Starting October 3, 2015 creditors must provide this new booklet to mortgage applicants as a part of the application process. Order the Settlement Cost Booklet for materials needed before October 3, 2015.

Booklets will begin shipping by July 8, 2015

To place your order with FIPCO, complete and fax the FIPCO order form or order from FIPCO’s website.

WBA Best Practices Library

WBA’s Best Practices Library is now open with over 75 resources including model forms, affidavits and even sample presentations for use in speeches! WBA's banker-driven committees have developed a variety of best practices for the use of WBA's members. Access this virtual library of free resources at

Compliance Toolkits

As part of an ongoing effort to assist members with compliance efforts, WBA is adding a variety of compliance toolkits to its collection.

The latest is the WBA Third-Party Securities Networking Relationships Toollkit. Available free of charge, this toolkit, created by the Boardman Law Firm, details what bankers should know about broker-dealers providing services on bank premises.

Download any the kits below by clicking here.

WBA Third-Party Securities Networking Relationships Toolkit

WBA Executive & Incentive Compensation Toolkit

WBA FDIC Insurance Changes for Noninterest-bearing Transaction Accounts Toolkit

WBA SAFE Act Toolkit

WBA Dodd-Frank Toolkit

ABA Dodd-Frank Tracker

This regulatory reform calendar provided by the American Bankers Association organizes content into three categories: comment letter deadlines; effective and implementation dates; and hearings and meetings.

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WBA Compliance Journal

The WBA Compliance Journal is intended to provide accurate information in regard to the subject matter covered as of the date of publication; however, the information does not constitute legal advice. Click to read a preview of the latest issue of the WBA Compliance Journal.

Legal Q&A

The information provided in these articles is not intended to provide legal advice; rather, it is intended to provide general information about banking issues. Consult your institution’s attorney for special legal advice or assistance. Read Legal Q&A articles.

WBA Models

Model Pandemic Influenza Plan available
(Updated June 2009 with information on the H1N1 flu virus, and more)
Given the need for financial institutions to create a plan, WBA has prepared a model pandemic influenza plan for WBA members. The model is designed to be used on its own or as part of an institution's broader disaster recovery plan. Since the plan is intended as a model only, it must be customized by each financial institution to their specific situation prior to its implementation and use. Download the model here.

Education Opportunities
WBA Forms

WBA forms offered by FIPCO have been accepted as standard by bank regulatory agencies, attorneys and the Wisconsin judiciary. In conjunction with legal counsel, these forms are developed and reviewed and constantly updated by the WBA Drafting Team, helping to ensure compliance with State and Federal regulations.


Electronic Forms
Electronic files of commonly used WBA forms are available in various formats. These WBA form images are available using Microsoft® Word, Adobe Reader or other third party software systems. The images, or eForms, can be electronically filled out and printed.

WBA Hard Copy Forms
Over 430 forms relating to consumer, real estate, commercial, agricultural and municipal loans; deposit accounts; safe deposit boxes; and deposit and operations are available. Forms are purchased by financial institutions, dealerships, attorneys and realtors.

More information is available here. For more information contact FIPCO Sales.

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