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Payday Lending

Reforming Payday Lending Practices Is One Important Way to Address Wealth Inequality

Andrea Levere | Posted 03.03.2015 | Business
Andrea Levere

The economic recovery has not benefited Americans equally. We all know that. But few facts underscore that point more clearly than the startling number of consumers whose financial futures have been put on hold by subprime credit scores.

CFPB Must Rein in Predatory Payday Lenders with Strong Regulations

NCLR Action Fund | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
NCLR Action Fund

Low income working families seeking to simply pay the bills confront an array of challenges these days. "Payday lenders" are taking advantage of a borrower's precarious financial state and profit from pushing low-income families deeper into debt and poverty.

Consumer Protection Agency Preps Payday Lender Crackdown

The New York Times | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics

In the world of consumer finance, they are chameleons: payday lenders that alter their practices and shift their products ever so slightly to work aro...

Hunter Stuart

Payday Lenders Are Using The Internet To Evade State Law

HuffingtonPost.com | Hunter Stuart | Posted 01.21.2015 | Business

Borrowing from any payday lender can be a risky endeavor. Borrowing from one online can be downright perilous. The pitfalls of borrowing from sto...

Feds To Write New Rules For Payday Loans

Reuters | Posted 03.07.2015 | Business

NEW YORK, Jan 4 (Reuters) - A U.S. regulator focused on consumer protection is planning the first federal regulations ever for lenders that make sma...

Ben Walsh

Texas Is Throwing People In Jail For Failing To Pay Back Predatory Loans

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Walsh | Posted 12.29.2014 | Business

Texas has a problem: it keeps putting people in jail for borrowing money. At least six people were jailed in the state over the past two years because they owed money on payday loans.

Payday Loans and the Rise of Vampire Capitalism

Ethan Rabidoux | Posted 02.15.2015 | Business
Ethan Rabidoux

Payday loan companies have managed to fly beneath the radar of public scrutiny for far too long. I suspect it's because their victims are the weakest among us who don't have a voice.

Credit Unions Can Help Ward Off Payday Lenders

Henry A. J. Ramos | Posted 02.07.2015 | Politics
Henry A. J. Ramos

Many consumers who can afford loans are denied the services they need and left in the hands of predatory lenders. Credit unions, as nonprofits with a commitment to their communities, are the right ones to bridge the divide.

How To Avoid The Payday Loan Debt Cycle

NextAdvisor.com | Posted 11.30.2014 | Money
NextAdvisor.com

The premise is simple: borrow the amount you need plus a fee per $100 borrowed now, pay it back when your next paycheck arrives. Unfortunately, what often ends up happening is that the borrower can't pay back the amount borrowed within 14 days.

Zach Carter

House Republicans Are Trying To Make Money Laundering A Lot Easier

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 09.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are agitating to dramatically curb federal bank regulators' ability to combat money laundering, calling for changes in...

Like Payday Loans, Lawsuit Loans Increasingly Coming Under Fire

Sara Warner | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Sara Warner

With civil courts underfunded and litigation increasing, even simple cases are going to take years and years to attain their day in court. And the structure of these loans become truly predatory as the cases linger.

Zach Carter

Darrell Issa's Latest Circus Has Lawmakers Shocked That DOJ Fights Fraud

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Tuesday, Republicans on the House Financial Services Committee took up Rep. Darrell Issa's crusade against the Department of Justice'...

Can a Post Office Be a Bank?

John Harrington | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact
John Harrington

Instead of privatizing the post office, there may be a better way to raise revenue for the post office by providing financial services for many who need access to credit and short-term capital.

Financial Parasites Are Still With Us, But Hopefully Not for Long

John Harrington | Posted 07.27.2014 | Business
John Harrington

Almost four years ago, I wrote about a new non-profit check cashing and payday lender that opened in the Fruitvale area of Oakland, California in the ...

Making Banking Work for Everyone

Keith Mestrich | Posted 06.18.2014 | Money
Keith Mestrich

Some of the most important pathways to middle class American life become out of reach when one has little or no credit history. Buying a car or house, or sending a child to college can become close to impossible.

Zach Carter

We Can't Stop Watching These Congressmen Babble About Nothing

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Tuesday, the House Financial Services Committee held a three-and-a-half-hour hearing on financial fraud and consumer protection. Cong...

Zach Carter

What Do Chase Bank, Condoms, The Tea Party, And Petty Fraud Have In Common?

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics

In mid-March, a division of JPMorgan Chase rejected an application to process payments for the fledgling New York City condom company Lovability, citi...

A Fresh Reminder To Never, Ever Take Out A Payday Loan

The Huffington Post | Ben Hallman | Posted 03.27.2014 | Business

There's never been much question as to whether taking out a payday loan is a sound financial decision. The short-term loans come with extremely high i...

How to Turn the Payday Lending Anchor Into a Lifeline

Debbie Matz | Posted 03.08.2014 | Business
Debbie Matz

To see a television advertisement for a business offering payday loans is to see payday loans advertised as a lifeline: a way for a financially strapped family to cover an unexpected expense. But that's not actually how most payday loans are used.

Six Federal Agencies Are Investigating Online Payday Lenders

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 10.08.2013 | Business
The Center for Public Integrity

The Justice Department and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have sent civil subpoenas to dozens of financial companies, including the online lenders, many of which are located on Indian reservations to avoid complying with consumer protection laws.

Why My Late Bookmaker Father Would Not Like Payday Lending

Don McNay | Posted 09.27.2013 | Business
Don McNay

My father was a bookie and professional gambler who worked in several of the area's "hot spots." In a town full of hustlers, prostitutes and gamblers, the profession they looked down on was loan sharking.

Stepping up the Pressure on Payday Lending

Karen Hinton | Posted 09.21.2013 | Business
Karen Hinton

We should applaud the new resolve of the CFPB, other federal agencies and state legislatures to thwart these abusive practices. But we cannot become complacent.

Solving Poverty: Fighting Blight and Poverty with Credit Scores

John Hope Bryant | Posted 07.17.2013 | Impact
John Hope Bryant

In the 50 years since the civil rights movement and Dr. King's dream, one problem (racism) has been replaced or at least matched by another -- poverty. Urban poverty, rural poverty, and poverty that hits blacks, whites, browns and others alike.

Soldiers Defeated by Debt

Posted 05.15.2013 | Business

by Paul Kiel, ProPublica, and Mitchell Hartman, Marketplace, May 15, 2013, 5:50 a.m.This story was co-produced with Marketplace. Listen to their cover...

The Sketchy Business That's Costing The Economy $1 Billion

CNBC | Mark Koba | Posted 05.05.2013 | Business

CNBC: Payday loans cost the U.S. economy nearly $1 billion and thousands of jobs in 2011, according to a report from the Insight Center for Communi...