Will Consumer Financial Protection Bureau be pro-consumer?

Commentary: Real estate appraisal fee showdown may offer a hint

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Call it an early litmus test: There’s a real estate issue pending before the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that should provide important insights into just how protective of consumers’ interests this fledgling new agency intends to be.

Will it accommodate the big banks when their interests clash with the public’s right to know where money is flowing in a financial transaction? Or will it come down on the side of ordinary consumers’ right to full disclosure?