WASHINGTON (3/2/09)—An analysis of a final rule governing certain credit card practices is now available on the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) website. The CUNA analysis addresses the rule adopted by The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), along with the Federal Reserve Board and the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS), which is effective July 1. 2010. Only federal credit unions fall under the provisions of the new requirements. However, the CUNA analysis advises that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), with authority in this area over state-chartered credit unions, may expect state-chartered credit unions to comply with the rule. Practices addressed in the NCUA-Fed-OTS rule include:
* Time periods for making payments; * How payments may be allocated to card balances; * Allowable interest rate increases on outstanding balances; * Acceptable methods for computing balances that are subject to interest charges, and * Definition of excessive security deposits and fees that are charged when credit is issued.
The prohibited acts or practices outlined in the final rule will not be deemed unfair or deceptive if they occurred prior to the effective date, unless other specific circumstances suggest otherwise, CUNA notes. Use the resource link below for the complete analysis.