On December 27, the CFPB announced the launch of a HMDA Check Digit Tool and a Rate Spread Calculator to assist financial institutions in the calculation of data field values required for reporting HMDA data. According to the CFPB, the HMDA Check Digit Tool and the Rate Spread Calculator will remain available to financial institutions throughout the 2018 collection period and beyond. As previously covered by InfoBytes, new HMDA data collection and reporting requirements under the amendments to Regulation C became effective January 1, 2018.

Also on December 27, the CFPB published a final rule increasing the asset-size exemption threshold under HMDA for financial institutions. As of January 1, 2018, banks, savings associations, and credit unions with assets of $45 million or less as of December 31, 2017 are exempt from collecting data in 2018. Regulation C requires the CFPB to adjust the asset threshold based on the year-to-year change in the average of the CPI–W (not seasonally adjusted) for each 12-month period ending in November, rounded to the nearest million. During the 12-month period ending in November 2017, the CPI–W increased by 2.1 percent, resulting in an increase in the threshold from $44 million to $45 million.