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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Settles with USAA Federal Savings Bank
Washington, D.C. — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) today announced a settlement with USAA Federal Savings Bank, a federally chartered savings association headquartered in San Antonio, Texas.
As described in the consent order, the Bureau found that USAA violated the Electronic Fund Transfer Act and Regulation E by failing to properly honor consumers’ stop payment requests on preauthorized electronic fund transfers, and by failing to initiate and complete reasonable error resolution investigations. USAA also violated the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 by reopening deposit accounts consumers had previously closed without seeking prior authorization or providing adequate notice.
Under the terms of the consent order, USAA must, among other provisions, provide approximately $12 million in restitution to certain consumers who were denied a reasonable error resolution investigation, and pay a $3.5 million civil money penalty.
The consent order is available at: https://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/documents/bcfp_usaa-federal-savings-bank_consent-order.pdf
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is a 21st century agency that helps consumer finance markets work by making rules more effective, by consistently and fairly enforcing those rules, and by empowering consumers to take more control over their economic lives. For more information, visitwww.consumerfinance.gov.
Federal Savings Bank, whose former CEO was convicted in scheme to land Trump appointment, reined in for ‘unsound’ practices
Federal Savings Bank of Chicago, the mortgage lender that convicted former CEO Stephen Calk attempted to leverage for an unsuccessful shot at a Trump administration post, has agreed to stricter oversight after regulators found “unsafe or unsound practices.”
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, which oversees federally chartered banks, is requiring the bank’s board to form a three-member compliance committee to adopt and implement “corrective actions” related to risk management, consumer compliance and bank secrecy.
The agreement, dated Oct. 29, was published online Thursday by the OCC. The new measures at Federal Savings Bank include creating an internal audit plan, designating a consumer compliance officer and improving procedures to prevent money laundering and other suspicious activity. The bank must submit a progress report to regulators within 120 days.
In July, Calk, 57, was convicted in New York federal court of financial institution bribery for issuing high-risk loans to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in the hopes of landing a senior position with the administration. Calk faces up to 30 years in prison, with sentencing scheduled for Jan. 10.
The scheme began in July 2016 when Calk, founder and then-CEO of Federal Savings Bank, offered to extend $16 million in loans Manafort “urgently needed” to avoid foreclosure on multiple properties, the indictment alleged. The loans were issued despite “significant red flags” regarding Manafort’s ability to repay the debt, prosecutors alleged.
While the loans were pending approval, Calk submitted a ranked list of the government positions he wanted, starting with the secretary of the treasury and working his way down to 19 ambassadorships, according to the indictment.
Manafort appointed Calk to an economic advisory position with the Trump campaign, and recommended him for an administration position after Trump was elected in November 2016. In early January 2017, Calk interviewed for the position of undersecretary of the Army, “due to (Manafort’s) efforts,” but did not land the job, prosecutors said.
Manafort was convicted in 2018 on several counts of bank and tax fraud but was pardoned by Trump in December 2020.
Chicago-based Federal Savings Bank, which bills itself as one of the largest veteran-owned banks in America, focuses on mortgage lending, with locations in Lake Forest and Chicago. Stephen Calk’s brother, John Calk, assumed the role of CEO and chairman in 2019.
“As the Federal Savings Bank continues to experience significant business growth, we have been working closely with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency to upgrade our policies and procedures,” John Calk said in an emailed statement. “These enhancements have and will make the bank even stronger as we help our customers achieve the American Dream of home ownership.”
Federal prosecutors said Stephen Calk owned 67% of the bank’s holding company from July 2016 to January 2017, the period under investigation. A bank spokeswoman did not respond to a request Friday to disclose his current ownership stake.
Federal Savings Bank Review
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Federal Savings Bank started in 1890 with headquarters in Dover, New Hampshire. Federal Savings Bank manages assets of $360 million as well as $252 million in deposits, making it a small bank. Federal Savings Bank lacks premium access to support representatives, with no options for live chat or all-day service. Federal Savings Bank is an online bank, boasting more effort put into online and mobile to everything you need, but without the perk of walk-in locations. With a score of 3.2 stars out of 5, Federal Savings Bank should be more closely analyzed to see if its services satisfy your needs. Federal Savings Bank offers a variety of banking products, which include savings accounts, checking accounts, money market accounts, CDs, IRAs, mortgage products and credit cards. It has a fair savings rate; you can find higher rates with other banks. Locating a checking account with no monthly fee and a savings account with a high APY at the same institution is your best bet for returning the most income on your deposits while maintaining convenient access to your money.
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With a savings rate of 0.03%, Federal Savings Bank ranks poorly in comparison to other U.S. banks. Federal Savings Bank's CD rates are 0.60% and 2.00% for the one-year and five-year term lengths, respectively, while its highest-yielding money market account earns at an APY of 0.35%. Given its noncompetitive savings rate, you should think about choosing another bank to earn more on your deposits.
How Federal Savings Bank's Savings Rates Compare
Federal Savings BankSavings0.03National Average0.09Compare Offers
Federal Savings Bank typically has high fees compared to other U.S. banks. For those who frequent the ATM, Federal Savings Bank is solid because it charges an out-of-network ATM fee of $1.00, which is solid in comparison to the national average. Federal Savings Bank unfortunately does not refund out-of-network ATM charges, which means you will need to find a Federal Savings Bank ATM or eat the withdrawal fee.
Monthly FeeN/ANational Average: $3.21
Non-network ATM Fee$1.00National Average: $1.20
Overdraft FeeN/ANational Average: $35.00
Federal Savings Bank is an online-only bank. With mobile and web apps, Federal Savings Bank makes account access straightforward, even on the go. It does not have all-day customer service with actual service representatives. You can get help during its customer service hours, which are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET; Saturday, and 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET. Federal Savings Bank's online and mobile banking platforms receive fair marks from users. With 16 customer reviews on iOS and Android platforms, the Federal Savings Bank mobile app has an overall rating of 3.9 out of 5 (compared to the national average of 3.8). Federal Savings Bank's mobile app lets you control your funds by checking monthly statements, transferring funds as well as accessing support representatives. Federal Savings Bank receives an outstanding consumer satisfaction score due to comparatively few consumer complaints registered with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a government financial agency that protects consumers in the financial sector.
Overall Mobile Rating3.9/5
Consumer Satisfaction Rating5.0/5
Online Banking PortalYes
Federal Savings Bank is a small bank owning $360 million in assets as well as deposits totaling $252 million. Federal Savings Bank's Texas Ratio is 3.47%, suggesting a minute possibility of failure. Additionally, Federal Savings Bank is FDIC-insured, meaning that your money is insured up to $250,000, even in the event of bank failure.
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The Texas Ratio, a measure of a "bad assets" against available capital, can provide an early warning sign of bank failure. A low ratio indicates smaller chance of failure; a higher ratio suggests greater risk.Back to Overview
Compare Federal Savings Bank to Other Competitive Offers
|Product||Current Terms and Rates||Minimum Balance for APY|
|Savings Account||0.03% APY||$10|
|Checking Account||0.03% APY||$300|
|Certificates of Deposit||$1000 for all terms|
|Money Market Accounts||0.25% APY 0.35% APY||$10000 $15000|
Federal Savings Bank has several deposit products like savings accounts, checking accounts, money market accounts and CDs that provide you with many options to manage your money. Federal Savings Bank does not have the best savings rate, which means you should think about taking a look elsewhere for banks that deliver more return for your money. CDs can be a terrific option to achieve higher returns, but there are limitations to accessing your money. Federal Savings Bank's CD rates are fair compared to the national average.Back to Overview
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Failed Banking Institutions
There have been 43 bank failures in Connecticut since 1989. Thirty-one (31) were state-chartered institutions. The following tables show state and federally-chartered bank failures by year and by institution.
Unclaimed Funds/Undeliverable Dividend Checks
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has a Web page that allows users to search a database of unclaimed funds from failed financial institutions. The FDIC may be holding unclaimed funds in one of two ways: either as unclaimed insured deposits or as undeliverable dividend checks. The FDIC Web page provides depositors of failed institutions who did not claim their funds previously, or whose dividend checks were returned to the FDIC as undeliverable, an opportunity to claim their funds. The database contains unclaimed insured deposits for financial institutions that were closed by a regulatory agency between January 1, 1989, and June 28, 1993, and for which the FDIC was appointed as receiver. Detailed instructions for searching the FDIC database and claiming funds can be found on the FDIC's website.
In accordance with the Unclaimed Deposit Amendment Act enacted on June 28, 1993, unclaimed deposits for receiverships after that date escheat to the state of the depositor's last known address. If the address is unknown, the funds escheat to the state of the failed institution. See the State Treasurer's Office unclaimed property list.
The database also includes dividend checks sent by the FDIC that were undeliverable for all active receiverships (those for which the FDIC, as receiver, is still managing, disposing of the assets and administering the liabilities). An "undeliverable dividend check" is one for which the depositor's address is incorrect, or a dividend check that was never cashed. Once a receivership has been inactivated, all undeliverable dividend checks are escheated to the state of the claimant's last known address.
Banks in Receivership
The FDIC is often appointed as receiver for failed financial institutions. As a public service, the agency now has available on its website useful information for customers and vendors of these institutions. This includes information on the acquiring institution (if applicable), how your accounts and loans are affected, and how vendors can file claims against the receivership.
|Bank Failures By Year|
1997 through 2001
|Key to agency abbreviations|
|September 13, 2013||The Community's Bank, Bridgeport|
Closed by the DOB and the FDIC named as receiver.
|September 30, 2005||Circle Trust Company, Darien|
Closed by the DOB and placed into regulatory receivership.
|June 26, 2002||Connecticut Bank of Commerce, Stamford|
Closed by the DOB and the FDIC named as receiver. Insured deposits and certain assets assumed by Hudson United Bank, Mahwah, New Jersey.
|July 12, 1996||Fairfield First Bank and Trust Company, Fairfield|
Closed by the DOB and the FDIC named as receiver. Deposits and certain assets transferred to Norwalk Savings Society.
|July 28, 1995||Founders Bank, New Haven|
Closed by the DOB and the FDIC named as receiver. Insured deposits and certain assets transferred to Centerbank, Waterbury.
|July 6, 1994||Meriden Trust and Safe Deposit Company|
Closed by the FDIC in that agency's first exercise of its self-appointment as receiver powers granted by Congress in 1991. Operated as a "bridge bank" known as New Meriden Trust and Safe Deposit Company until a buyer was found. As a result of the earlier failure of Central Bank, the FDIC exercised its "cross guaranty" authority to assess Meriden Trust and hold it liable for Central Bank's estimated cost to the bank insurance fund. Meriden Trust was rendered insolvent as a result of the assessment. On Oct. 18, 1994, FDIC sold operations of the bank to People’s Savings Bank of New Britain.
|June 10, 1994||The Bank of Hartford|
The Banking Commissioner declared the financial condition of the bank to be unsafe and unsound and named FDIC as receiver. Deposits and certain assets transferred to Eagle Federal Savings Bank, Bristol.
|May 21, 1993||New England Savings Bank, New London|
Closed by the DOB and FDIC named as receiver. Insured deposits and certain assets transferred to Citizens Savings Bank, a subsidiary of the Providence, Rhode Island-based Citizens Financial Group, Inc.
|December 4, 1992||Burritt Interfinancial Bancorporation, New Britain|
Closed by the DOB and FDIC named as receiver. Insured deposits and certain assets transferred to Derby Savings Bank.
|November 6, 1992||Greenwood Bank of Bethel|
Closed by the DOB and FDIC named as receiver. Deposits and certain assets transferred to Union Savings Bank of Danbury.
|October 2, 1992||First Constitution Bank, New Haven|
While not insolvent, the Banking Commissioner declared the financial condition of the bank to be unsafe and unsound and named FDIC as receiver. Bank deposits and certain assets transferred to First Federal Bank, Waterbury.
|June 26, 1992||Vernon Bank, Vernon|
Closed by the DOB and FDIC named as receiver. Insured deposits and certain assets transferred to the Bank of South Windsor.
|June 19, 1992||Coastal Savings Bank, FSB, New LondonPlaced into conservatorship by the OTS and operated as Coastal Federal Savings Bank by the RTC until May 20, 1994 when Citizens Savings Bank, Rhode Island, acquired certain assets and assumed certain liabilities of seven branches of Coastal Federal. On May 12, approval was given to Chelsea Groton Savings Bank, Norwich, to assume deposits and acquire part of the assets of the Groton branch of Coastal and The New Haven Savings Bank assumed deposits and acquired part of the assets of Coastal's Centerbrook branch.|
|May 8, 1992||The Brookfield Bank, Brookfield|
Closed by the DOB and FDIC named as receiver. Insured bank deposits transferred to Bristol Federal Savings Bank.
|April 24, 1992||The Norwalk Bank, Norwalk|
Closed by the DOB and FDIC named as receiver. Bank deposits transferred to The Bank of Darien.
|April 9, 1992||Fairfield County Trust Company, Stamford|
Closed by the DOB and FDIC named as receiver. Bank deposits transferred to Chase Manhattan Bank of Connecticut, N.A. Bridgeport.
|April 3, 1992||Summit National Bank, TorringtonClosed by the OCC. Insured deposits transferred to American Bank of Connecticut, Waterbury.|
|February 28, 1992||Colony Savings Bank, Wallingford|
While not insolvent, the Banking Commissioner declared the financial condition of the bank to be unsafe and unsound and named FDIC as receiver. Bank deposits transfered to New Haven Savings Bank.
|January 31, 1992||Sentinel Bank, Hartford|
Closed by the DOB and FDIC named as receiver. Bank deposits transferred to Society For Savings.
|December 13, 1991||The Bank Mart, BridgeportWhile not insolvent, the Banking Commissioner declared the financial condition of the bank to be unsafe and unsound and named FDIC as receiver Gateway Bank, South Norwalk, assumed all deposits and certain assets.|
|December 13, 1991||Bank of East Hartford|
Closed by the DOB and FDIC named as receiver. Bank of South Windsor assumed all deposits and certain assets.
|December 6, 1991||Saybrook Bank & Trust Company, Old SaybrookClosed by the DOB and FDIC named as receiver. New Haven Savings Bank, New Haven, assumed all deposits and acquired certain assets.|
|November 14, 1991||Connecticut Savings Bank, New Haven|
Closed by the DOB and FDIC named as receiver. Centerbank, Waterbury, assumed all deposits and acquired certain assets.
|October 18, 1991||Central Bank, Meriden|
Closed by the DOB and FDIC named as receiver. Centerbank, Waterbury, assumed all deposits and certain other liabilities.
|October 18, 1991||Connecticut Valley Bank, Cromwell|
Closed by the DOB and FDIC named as receiver. MidConn Bank, Kensington, assumed deposit accounts and acquired certain assets.
|October 3, 1991||Harbor National Bank of Connecticut, Branford|
Closed by the OCC and the FDIC named as receiver. The New Haven Savings Bank assumed deposit accounts and acquired certain assets.
|September 6, 1991||Suffield Bank, Suffield|
Closed by the DOB and FDIC named as receiver. All deposits and certain assets transferred to First Federal Bank, FSB, Waterbury (formerly known as First Federal Savings & Loan Association of Waterbury).
|August 16, 1991||Enfield National Bank, Enfield|
Closed by the OCC. Insured deposits transferred to Savings Institute, Willimantic. Savings Institute also purchased certain loans and other assets.
|August 9, 1991||Mechanics & Farmers Savings Bank, FSB, Bridgeport|
FDIC named as receiver. Deposits and some assets were purchased by Chase Manhattan Bank of Connecticut, N.A.
|August 9, 1991||Citytrust, Bridgeport|
Closed by the DOB and FDIC named as receiver. Deposits and some assets were purchased by The Chase Manhattan Bank of Connecticut, N.A.
|July 26, 1991||Housatonic Bank and Trust Company, Ansonia|
Closed by the DOB and FDIC named as receiver. Deposits transferred to Shelton Savings Bank.
|July 12, 1991||Danbury Savings and Loan Association, Danbury|
Placed into conservatorship and operated as Danbury Federal Savings and Loan by the RTC until acquired on March 13, 1992 by Bristol Federal Savings Bank.
|April 12, 1991||Whitney Bank and Trust Company, Hamden|
Closed by the DOB and FDIC named as receiver. Insured deposits were transferred to First Constitution Bank, New Haven.
|April 12, 1991||Security Savings and Loan Association, Waterbury|
Placed in conservatorship and operated as Security Federal Savings and Loan Association by the RTC until acquired by American Bank of Connecticut, in Waterbury on March 20, 1992.
|March 28, 1991||Landmark, Hartford|
Closed by the DOB and FDIC named as receiver. All deposits sold to People's Bank, Bridgeport.
|February 1, 1991||Merchants Bank and Trust Company, Norwalk|
Closed by the DOB and FDIC named as receiver. Deposits and some assets sold to Union Trust Company, Stamford.
|January 11, 1991||Connecticut Savings and Loan Association, Hartford|
Placed into conservatorship and operated as Connecticut Federal Savings and Loan under management of the RTC until acquired by Bank of Boston Connecticut, Waterbury, on Feb. 7, 1992.
|January 11, 1991||Community National Bank, Glastonbury|
Closed by the OCC. Deposits and some assets purchased by Fleet Bank of Connecticut, Hartford.
|January 6, 1991||Connecticut Bank and Trust Company, N.A., Hartford|
Seized by the FDIC and operated as "Bridge Bank" called the New Connecticut Bank and Trust Company, N.A. from January 6 through July 13, 1991. On July 13, Fleet Bank of Connecticut converted to a national bank and assumed New Connecticut Bank and Trust Co., N.A. Name was changed to Fleet Bank, N.A., Hartford.
|October 19, 1990||Brooklyn Savings Bank, Danielson*|
Closed by the DOB and FDIC named as receiver. The Willimantic Savings Institute was authorized to buy certain assets and assume the liabilities.
|August 17, 1990||Financial Federal Savings Bank, HartfordTaken over and operated under RTC conservatorship until acquired by Northeast Savings, F.A. on June 19, 1991.|
|January 29, 1990||Charter Federal Savings & Loan Association, StamfordTaken over and operated under RTC conservatorship until acquired by Greenwich Federal Savings & Loan on June 19, 1991.|
|December 7, 1989||Community Federal Savings & Loan Association, BridgeportTaken over and operated under RTC conservatorship. On September 12, 1990, Union Trust Company, Stamford, assumed the deposit liabilities.|
|November 8, 1989||National Industrial Bank, Meriden**Closed by the OCC. Deposits and some assets purchased by Central Bank, Meriden.|
|February 17, 1989||Columbia Federal Savings Bank, Westport|
Taken over by the OTS and placed under the conservatorship of the RTC. Acquired by Gateway Bank, Norwalk, on April 12, 1990.
|* First state-chartered bank to fail since 1977.|
** First federally-chartered bank to fail in Connecticut in 12 years and only the second in 53 years.
Federal savings association
Federal savings associations (also called "federal thrifts" or "federal Savings Banks"), in the United States, are institutions chartered by the Office of Thrift Supervision which is now administered by Office of the Comptroller of the Currency after the agencies merged. Institutions chartered by the OTS are still regulated according to the rules and regulations of Federal Savings Banks. Mortgages issued by Federal Savings Banks are pursuant to the provisions of the Home Owners' Loan Act, a U.S. federal statute. Although the activities of federal thrifts were once confined primarily to taking deposits from consumers and making residential mortgage loans, federal thrifts are now authorized to offer a wide range of financial products and services.
Federal thrifts should not be confused with national banks which are banks chartered under federal law by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Although the differences between federal thrifts and national banks have diminished as the authorized activities of federal thrifts have expanded to include virtually all traditional banking activities, they are still distinct institutions subject to different regulatory schemes and supervised by different regulators. They are not savings and loan associations.