On March 10, in accordance with the rules of the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act of 2009 (CARD Act), that mandates the CFPB prepare a report every two years examining developments in the consumer credit card marketplace, the Bureau submitted a Request for Information to solicit feedback from the public. As previously covered in InfoBytes, the first review occurred in October 2013 and the second review in December 2015. In preparation for the next report, the Bureau is focusing on several aspects of the consumer credit card market, as follows:

  • The terms of credit card agreements and the practices of credit card issuers
  • The effectiveness of disclosure of terms, fees, and other expenses of credit card plans
  • The adequacy of protections against unfair or deceptive acts or practices or unlawful discrimination relating to credit card plans
  • The cost and availability of consumer credit cards, the use of risk-based pricing for consumer credit cards, and consumer credit card product innovation
  • Deferred interest products
  • Subprime specialist products
  • Third-party comparison sites
  • Innovation
  • Secured credit cards
  • Online and mobile account servicing
  • Rewards products
  • Variable interest rates
  • Debt collection.

Comments are due by June 8, 2017.