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Consumer financial watchdog’s deputy director asks judge for injunction to replace Mick Mulvaney as acting chief

December 7, 2017 |

The deputy director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is asking a federal judge for an injunction to install her as the agency’s acting chief in place of President Trump’s appointee, Mick Mulvaney.

The Wednesday night legal filing by Leandra English is the latest in the legal battle for…

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Judge Backs Trump in Pick to Run Consumer Agency

November 29, 2017 |

The White House just won a legal battle in the bizarre DC drama involving dueling directors at the same federal agency. A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that Mick Mulvaney should be the interim chief of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, reports the Hill . Mulvaney, who also serves as the…

Nigerian NDIC Warns That Cryptocurrencies Lack Consumer Protections

November 28, 2017 |

Nigerian NDIC Warns That Cryptocurrencies Lack Consumer Protections

The Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) has warned Nigerians that they will not be afforded consumer protections when trading virtual currencies. NDIC representatives also reaffirmed that the Nigeria’s monetary regulators are unable to exert influence over the cryptocurrency markets.

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The Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation Warns Against Cryptocurrencies

Nigerian NDIC Warns That Cryptocurrencies Lack Consumer ProtectionsMohammed Umar, the director of research, policy and international relations at the NDIC, has outlined the risks it perceives are associated with trading cryptocurrencies, in addition to emphasizing that regulators do not provide insurance covering the risks associated with trading virtual currencies not issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Speaking at an annual workshop for finance correspondents on “financial disruption of digital currency and it’s consequences on the banking and deposit insurance system,” Mr. Umar struck a firm tone, stating “The financial regulatory authorities are not playing catch up on the digital currency race in Nigeria. There is no country in the world that allows its citizens to use digital currencies as money not issued by the central bank. No central bank will accept digital currency as a substitute for its national currency or part of its monetary system, when it is not able to control it. Nigerians must understand that adequate notice has been issued by all financial sector regulatory authorities, namely Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN and Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation, NDIC, to warn Nigerians who want to trade in bitcoins as gamblers.”

Mr. Umar also stated that an inter-agency committee including representatives from the NDIC, Ministry of Justice, Nigeria Police, Department State Security, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, and other state institutions, has been established to monitor and ”sanitize the system.” Mr. Umar concluded by stating “If you can buy a bitcoin, nobody will stop you. It is at your own risk. A bitcoin is not covered by the CBN rules, and NDIC will not insure it. We have consistently warned Nigerians that anyone who trades in bitcoin does so at his own risk.”

“Digital currency is for gamblers” – NDIC Chief, Dr. Sabo Katata


Speaking at the workshop, the Deputy Director of Research, Policy and International Relations (RPIR) of the NDIC, Dr. Sabo Katata, likened cryptocurrency trading to gambling. Dr. Katata stated “Digital currency is for gamblers.  If you want to invest in bitcoins you can go ahead, for that is what you are. If you want to buy bitcoins you can, but your are doing so at your own risk. The regulators will not come and protect you.”

Dr. Katata presented a paper entitled “Financial Disruption of Digital Currency and it’s Consequences on the Banking System and Deposit Insurance System” during the event, emphasizing many of the risks associated with the virtual currency markets. His colleague, the Director of the RPIR, Mr. Mohammed Umar Yayangida, also spoke at the event, stressing the lack of power that the NDIC and the Central Bank of Nigeria have with regards to exercising control over cryptocurrencies.

Mr’s Yayangida’s remarks echo those made earlier this year by the Deputy Director of the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Banking and Payments System, Mr. Musa Itopa-Jimoh. Speaking at a breakfast meeting organized by the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Nigeria, Mr. Musa Itopa-Jimoh emphasized the limited influence that the Central Bank of Nigeria can exert over the cryptocurrency markets, stating “Central bank cannot control or regulate bitcoin. Central bank cannot control or regulate blockchain. Just the same way no one is going to control or regulate the Internet. We don’t own it.”

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Consumer bureau’s deputy director sues to stop Trump appointee from taking temporary control of agency

November 27, 2017 |

The battle over control of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau escalated Sunday as the deputy director sued to stop President Trump from installing his own appointee as temporary head of the agency.

Leandra English, who was promoted to deputy director Friday, filed suit in U.S. District Court…

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China cuts import tariffs on some consumer goods

November 26, 2017 |

China announced tariff cuts Friday on consumer goods including avocados, mineral water and baby carriages in a new effort to spur economic growth driven by domestic consumption and reduce reliance on trade and investment.

Beijing faces pressure from the United States, Europe and other trading partners…

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Trump likely to pick ex-lawmaker (and restaurant franchisee) to head consumer agency

November 21, 2017 |

President Trump is widely expected to name Mick Mulvaney, who currently serves as head of the White House Office of Management and Budget, as interim director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

If so, Trump would be picking someone with no background whatsoever in consumer protection,…

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Richard Cordray is resigning as Consumer Financial Protection Bureau chief

November 16, 2017 |

The nation’s top consumer financial watchdog will step down this month, sparking concern from advocacy groups — and relief from financial firms — that the federal agency he has led since 2012 will soon be much friendlier to the industry it polices.

Richard Cordray announced his impending resignation…

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California fines Anthem $5 million for failing to address consumer grievances

November 16, 2017 |

California’s managed-care regulator has fined insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross $ 5 million for repeatedly failing to resolve consumer grievances in a timely manner.

The state Department of Managed Health Care criticized Anthem, the nation’s second-largest health insurer, for systemic violations…

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Head of Consumer Agency Reviled by Republicans Is Leaving

November 15, 2017 |

Richard Cordray, the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, said Wednesday he will leave the position by the end of the month. The resignation of Cordray, who was appointed by then-President Obama, will give President Trump a chance to appoint his own director of the powerful agency established…

Scary thought: Trump now gets to pick the country’s top consumer watchdog

November 15, 2017 |

After this week naming a former drug industry executive to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, President Trump now will be able to appoint his own pick to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Maybe someone from the payday lending business?

How about the former head of Wells…

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