News Release 2007-49 | May 31, 2007

Agencies Issue Final Illustrations of Consumer Information for Nontraditional Mortgage Products

Joint Release

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, National Credit Union Administration, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Office of Thrift Supervision

WASHINGTON—The federal bank, thrift, and credit union regulatory agencies on Thursday issued final illustrations of consumer information intended to help institutions implement the consumer protection portion of the Interagency Guidance on Nontraditional Mortgage Product Risks that the agencies adopted October 4, 2006. The consumer protection section of the guidance sets forth recommended practices to ensure that consumers have clear and balanced information about nontraditional mortgages before choosing a mortgage product or before selecting a payment option for an existing mortgage.

The illustrations consist of (1) a narrative explanation of nontraditional mortgage products, (2) a chart comparing interest-only and payment option adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs) to a traditional fixed-rate loan, and (3) a table that could be included with monthly statements for a payment option ARM showing the impact of various payment options on the loan balance.

Institutions are not required to use the illustrations. They may choose to use the illustrations, provide information based on the illustrations, or provide the consumer information described in the guidance in an alternate format.

To assist institutions that wish to use the illustrations, the agencies will be posting each of the illustrations on their respective Websites in a form that can be downloaded and printed for easy reproduction. The final document, Illustrations of Consumer Information for Nontraditional Mortgage Products, is attached.

Media Contacts

Federal Reserve Deborah Lagomarsino (202) 452-2955
FDIC David Barr (202) 898-6993
NCUA Cherie Umbel (703) 518-6337
OCC Kevin Mukri (202) 874-5770
OTS Kevin Petrasic (202) 906-6677

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