Editor's Note: This is a monthly publication on economic trends and financial policy issues. In this publication you can read "The Longbrake Letter", an analysis of economic trends and conditions written by Bill Longbrake, as well as commentary on financial regulation and policy written by members of the law firm Barnett, Sivon & Natter, P.C., a Washington, DC based law firm that specializes in financial services law. The lawyers in the firm are also counsel to the international law firm, Squire Patton Boggs.

ISSUE: #86, October 2017

The Longbrake Letter
- Bill Longbrake
Investor, business and consumer optimism has not been fazed in the least by a multiplicity of mega disasters and political drama in Washington, D.C. Stocks reach new highs nearly daily; price volatility is a distant memory; interest rates refuse to rise; credit spreads are tight and getting tighter; inflation is wilting. In this month's letter, Bill Longbrake observes that we have seen this movie before indeed many times. When optimism prevails and there is ample liquidity, financial markets turn giddy. Times, such as the one the global economy finds itself in currently, occur when the economic cycle is mature. They are fueled by copious amounts of liquidity curtesy of central banks. For a while, sometimes for a very long while, these goldilocks moments go on and on sustained by optimism-driven positive feedbacks. But, ultimately, they end either in the soft landing the Fed is trying to engineer or a hard landing. Enjoy the moment but prepare for more difficult times!

Ability to Pay and Limits on Transfer Attempts: The CFPB's Payday Loan Rule
- Katie Wechsler
This article reviews the key provisions of the CFPB's final rule on payday loans issued under its UDAAP authority. The rule requires lenders to assess a consumer's ability to repay, provide certain information about loans to registered information systems, and limit the number of times it attempts to debit a consumer's account for payment.