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Shahien Nasiripour

Consumer Group Criticizes Education Department's Debt Collectors

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration should radically restructure the office of the Education Department that handles student aid, and it should stop paying priva...

Has Anyone Heard of the Uniform Law Commission?

Joel Sucher | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Joel Sucher

I doubt many American know anything about this group composed mainly of business and real estate lawyers and now engaged in drafting something called the Home Foreclosure Procedures Act.

Student Debt Relief Companies Charge Excessive Fees For Free Programs: Report

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 06.20.2013 | College

Student borrowers are getting ripped off by private companies that offer to help them manage their loans but then charge hundreds of dollars for servi...

An Agenda to Make Sure Consumers are Heard

Chris Meyer | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Chris Meyer

Eight of the nation's leading consumer groups are calling on President Obama and Congress to give consumers a greater voice in Washington.

Qualified Mortgages From the CFPB: Buyer Beware!

D. Sidney Potter | Posted 02.04.2013 | Business
D. Sidney Potter

Misrepresenting oneself to oneself has to be the lowest form of self-flattery. Not only does it breach the mother of all truism -- "know thyself" (wri...

Arthur Delaney

Unemployment Debit Cards Now Carry Fewer Fees: Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.29.2013 | Business

The prepaid debit cards that most people use to receive unemployment insurance carry fewer fees than they did two years ago, but some states are likel...

'Adding Insult to Injury:' After Son's Apparent Suicide, Mother Charged $14,000 in Taxes for Parent Plus Loans

C. Cryn Johannsen | Posted 11.13.2012 | College
C. Cryn Johannsen

Roswell Friend, 22, went for his last run on August 18, 2011. Images of him running were captured by security cameras at Temple University -- where he had been a student.

Homeless Over $400?!

AP | DANIEL WAGNER | Posted 07.10.2012 | Money

WASHINGTON -- The elderly and other vulnerable homeowners are losing their homes because they owe as little as a few hundred dollars in back taxes, ac...

Rent-To-Own Industry, Long Criticized For Preying On Military, Tries A Different Tactic

The Huffington Post | Alice Hines | Posted 04.20.2012 | Business

Rent-to-own furniture stores, once branded as "predatory lenders" by the Department of Defense, are now pledging to hire veterans returning from duty....

New Child Support System Could Cost Poor Men Their Only Income

AP | DANIEL WAGNER | Posted 04.28.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Old child support debts could cost thousands of poor men their only income next year because of a policy aimed at reducing the cost to t...

Alice Hines

Rent-A-Center CEO: New Consumer Bureau Won’t Have Authority Over Us

HuffingtonPost.com | Alice Hines | Posted 02.03.2012 | Business

Ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl, many cash-strapped football fans will head to Rent-A-Center, America's largest "rent-to-own" retailer, to look for TVs. ...

Lost In The Funhouse: The Twisted World Of Mortgage Lender Error

Ben Hallman | Posted 01.27.2012 | Business

Ben Hallman reported and wrote this story as a staff writer at the Center for Public Integrity. He recently joined The Huffington Post. Like milli...

The 'Most Egregious Manifestation' Of The Mortgage Crisis

Reuters | Posted 03.27.2012 | Business

By Michelle Conlin Jan 25 (Reuters) - In July 2009, Roy and Sheila Bowers refinanced the mortgage on their suburban ranch home in Tope...

Janell Ross

For Families On Welfare, Few Protections From Theft And Fraud

HuffingtonPost.com | Janell Ross | Posted 12.14.2011 | Business

On a fall day in October 2009, Evelyn Carpio's wallet never left her side. Yet criminals somehow managed to steal $720 from the card Carpio's fam...

BofA Signs HUD Pact Worth Millions Over Faulty Loss Mitigation

American Banker | Kate Berry and Jeff Horwitz | Posted 10.04.2011 | Business

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has reached a settlement with Bank of America that releases the company from liability for failing to ...

Arthur Delaney

States Shortchange The Unemployed With Junk Debit Card Fees

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.11.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Many states shortchange the jobless by distributing unemployment benefits on debit cards loaded with obnoxious fees, according to a new ...

Chris Kirkham

For-Profit Colleges Selling Students On High-Risk Loans, Consumer Group Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Kirkham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Many of the large corporations that own for-profit colleges are increasingly issuing their own in-house private loans to students -- even though some ...

The Payday Industry's Powerful Friend

Gary Rivlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Rivlin

The country's payday lenders and check cashers gave more in campaign donations to Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) than any other Republican in Congress.

Shahien Nasiripour

Foreclosures Are More Profitable Than Loan Modifications, According To New Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Mortgage companies are more likely to foreclose on homeowners than modify their loans because they make more money off foreclosures, argues a new repo...

Shahien Nasiripour

Reverse Mortgages Are "Subprime Revisited," Says Consumer Law Group

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Many of the now-discredited practices that enabled the subprime mortgage market to boom and then bust have reappeared in the reverse mortgage business...