New Hampshire Gives Payday Lenders The Boot

New Hampshire will become the latest state to keep payday lenders from gouging their patrons. A measure passed by the legislature will cap interest rates on payday loans at 36%, a drastic change for an industry used to bludgeoning underbanked consumers with interest rates exceeding 500%. Payday borrowers spend an average of $793 trying to repay a $325 loan. Let’s see how the economic leeches spin this as a loss for consumers.

The state’s largest payday lender, Advance America, claims the bill would either force them to close shop or accept losses of $100,000 per storefront. They are “very concerned” for the future of the 200 employees statewide who make their living cheating hard-working consumers.

…others argued that payday loans are an option that consumers need; without them, they said, people could be driven to less-savory choices, may depend more on their towns’ welfare departments or have to scrimp on necessities. Other options facing someone who’s broke – such as bouncing a check – are much more costly than a title loan, they said.

Sen. Bob Clegg recounted times of struggle in the 1970s and 1980s when he had to turn to the “black market” to tide him over. “You can fail, or you can take another chance,” said Clegg, a Hudson Republican. “My position, I took another chance.”

He would be too embarrassed to go to a welfare office, he said, and would rather “stand tall, make my deal with them and then make my payments because that keeps me a man.”

Yes Senator, consumers should smile and stand tall as they take their financial raping like real men. Anything to stay away from the dreaded social safety net.

Payday loan limits passed [Concord Monitor]
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  1. lakesnake says:

    Yipee!!
    I can now go out and borrow tons of money if it is only at 36% interest!

  2. strider_mt2k says:

    Yeah, and no more bustin’ knees deah Chalie.

  3. DeltaPurser says:

    Good riddance to old garbage!

  4. clocker says:

    “He would be too embarrassed to go to a welfare office, he said, and would rather “stand tall, make my deal with them and then make my payments because that keeps me a man.”

    If you define “man” as a “moron”, then I can see his point.

  5. dkush21 says:

    ONLY 36% interest! Legalized loan sharking anyone!!!!

  6. TheUncleBob says:

    “We’re from the government and we’re here to protect you from yourself.”

  7. HOP says:

    maybe the gov could offer payday loans to the ones that need it……at a decent intrest rate….who is this goofy politician that promotes these bloodsucking outfits??????????

  8. letoofdune says:

    “Live free or die” indeed.

  9. laserjobs says:

    How does this effect H&R Blocks tax loan and debit card usery business?

  10. Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

    And stay out! Go live in Mass. with the mandatory unfunded health-care mandate and where the 500% interest rate will be right at home with the taxes.

  11. snoop-blog says:

    i’ve actually had to use the service of cashland, payday services once, when i had to leave town for an emergency and needed about $200 more than what i had. it costed about $230 to pay back so i paid them about $30 for a $200 loan for 21 days. not sure what interest rates were or anything like that, i just made sure on the retail contract what the bottom line was (which is all i cared about). i was impressed. had not ever needed the service again, but if i did, i would return. i’ve paid friends $125 dollars back on a $100 loan for a week so, this was a good deal to me. now i’m in indiana and we do have laws in place to regulate what they can charge on interest and all that.

  12. coan_net says:

    I don’t see the problem with those lending places.

    I’m against the government trying to stop people from doing stupid things for themselves.

    If I want to eat fatty food and grow overweight – then that is my business.

    If I want to smoke cigs and cause myself cancer – then that is my business.

    If I want to drive a motorcycle without a helmet – then that is my business.

    If I want to be in a car without a seatbelt – then that is my business.

    If I want to pay 500% interest on a loan through some slimy PayDay loan place, then that is my business.

    Of myself, I don’t do any of those (other then eat fatty food…. [homer simpson voice]mmmmmm…. fatty food…..] – but I should have the right to do any of the above without the government coming in and trying to “save” myself from myself.

  13. yesteryear says:

    @coan_net: i think the problem is that if
    the government doesn’t step in to protect consumers, everyone is forced
    to pay for your stupid choices.

    our tax dollars have to pay for county health systems that will
    bring your fat, cancer-ridden ass back to life after your heart attack
    — and then ironically our same tax dollars will be used again pay for
    law enforcement to scrape you off the pavement after you are ejected
    from your vehicle in a car accident on the way home from the
    hospital… finally, after you take out a shitty loan in order to fund
    your last minute trip to las vegas (for the smoking and drinking and
    cheap steak dinners, of course), and you lose big, our tax dollars have
    to pay for your general assistance and food stamps.

    so the government stepping in to help protect consumers helps twice:
    it prevents you from being dumb and screwing yourself, and it protects
    us from having to support your dumbness for all eternity (or until you
    ‘get back on your feet’ and do something else dumb.)

  14. HawkWolf says:

    I guess I’m playing devil’s advocate, but if there’s really no positive benefit to a 500% interest loan, then why is it okay to let stupid people do it? Wouldn’t our economy be better off if we didn’t let stupid people do a lot of things?

  15. Pylon83 says:

    @coan_net:
    Seconded! We don’t need the government meddling in private business like this. There is clearly a need for these services in the community, see Snoop-Blog, and I imagine many people use them every day with similar experiences. Yes, there will always be a few people who can’t handle it, continue to spend more than they make, and end up paying back WAY too much, but it’s not the governments place to step in and stop it. When all the payday loan stores close down, who’s going to loan the single working mother $500 when her car breaks down?

  16. MsClear says:

    Good for NH. It’s about time the scales were rebalanced between consumers and big business. Economic deregulation is what created the current economic mess.

  17. burgundyyears says:

    Now that the high-interest-charging payday loan businesses are illegal, I think the leg-breaking loan businesses ought to be picking up in New Hampshire any day now.

    “Live free or die” indeed, New Hampshire.

  18. nequam says:

    @Grrrrrrrrr: Gratuitous Mass-hate. The Taxachusetts tag is not only worn, it’s wrong (and has been since 1982). But of course, the Granite-staters wont admit that what they forego in income tax and sales tax, gets drawn out of their rears in local taxes and fees.

    But back on point, this is great for NH and I’d love to see many states follow suit!

  19. snoop-blog says:

    @coan_net: who said you can’t eat fatty food? who said you can’t smoke? helmet laws i can half way agree with. seatbelt laws do suck, so i’ll give ya 1 1/2.

  20. burgundyyears says:

    @yesteryear: But where does it stop? We all make “suboptimal” choices on a daily basis – ones that will eventually cost society more than other choices. Ultimately your way of thinking will make us all beholden to a government standard of living that narrowly defines how we spend every moment of every day. Life is not purely about economic efficiency.

  21. TheUncleBob says:

    @MsClear: I thought it was consumers consuming beyond their means is what caused the current economic “crisis”.

  22. sleze69 says:

    @yesteryear: Which is why the laws should be changed so that people who don’t wear seat belts are allowed to refrain but then forfeit any health coverage by insurance companies (do the research on how much insurance companies lobbied for the seat belt laws).

  23. TheUncleBob says:

    @sleze69: I’d like to see the laws changed so that insurance companies would get more freedom to deny payouts to individuals who aren’t responsible when driving – not wearing their seat belt, driving under the influence, etc., etc… It could help my rates go down. :)

  24. snoop-blog says:

    @TheUncleBob: yeah but even without insurance, they can’t be denied health care. it will still make health care rise.

  25. yesteryear says:

    @burgundyyears : in order for your line of
    reasoning to work we’d have to eliminate all social programs that
    assist those in need – how can we determine who genuinely has bad luck
    vs. who made the wrong choice?

    @ SLEZE69: so you want to allow insurance companies to be
    even more tricky and underhanded when it comes to deciding which claims
    to pay? if we decided that your health/auto insurance premiums were
    only paid if you didn’t make stupid choices where would that stop?
    couldn’t the insurance company argue that you shouldn’t have been
    standing so close to the curb when you were mowed down by the car? or
    maybe you were hit before you had a chance to put your seatbelt on?
    sorry, but giving the government the green light to give corporations
    more ways to cheat us out of our money is not my idea of a fair system.
    they already have the upper hand.

  26. TheUncleBob says:

    @snoop-blog: Which is why we need to fix health care. Just because they have to save your life, it doesn’t mean they have to give you pain medication. ;)

  27. snoop-blog says:

    @TheUncleBob: i don’t think any of us on here has the right answer for the health care industry. assuming there even is a right answer. i’m not going to pretend i know how to cure health care, instead i’m going back to the original topic (sorry threadjackers) and say that payday loans interest rates should be capped. %500 and more? rediculous. that’s taking advantage. obviously the person there getting the loan may be in a situation like i was (previous comment), and felt they had no choice. believe me, i tried to borrow from people i know before i went fot the loan. luckily indiana says the highest interest rate that can be charged is like %36.

  28. balthisar says:

    You know, there’s nothing wrong with taking advantage of stupid people. That’s what they’re there for. Consider that everything is relative. Why do have to automatically assume they’re slime? It’s not like anyone is forcing stupid people to take stupid loans.

  29. BlondeGrlz says:

    If they’re going to outlaw payday loans, are they also going to outlaw those rent-to-own places? Yesterday on Judge Judy a woman admitted to buying a PS3 for the low low price of 18 payments of only $123 each. I don’t see how paying five times the value of a product is different than paying 500% interest. You can’t make being stupid illegal.

  30. snoop-blog says:

    @balthisar: i don’t think anyone needs to assume they slime. %500 and up? if that is not slime, you may be on the wrong website.

    Carey, can i get an amen?

  31. yesteryear says:

    @blondegrlz: no, but you CAN make taking
    advantage of stupid people illegal. thats why being a con-artist is
    illegal. these payday lenders are basically loan sharks/con-artists
    with a business license – a license that requires them to abide by fair
    business practices. consider your line of reasoning: if the payday
    lenders can do it – then whats to stop your bank from hiking your
    interest rate to 500%?

  32. Paytriot says:

    “sorry, but giving the government the green light to give corporations more ways to cheat us out of our money is not my idea of a fair system. they already have the upper hand.”

    TRUE and today in particular IRONIC as we sit here and complain about little scumbags like usurers, the government is trying to scare the crap out of you just for the purpose of Retroactively protecting Huge Scumbags like the telcos from having to take responsibility for their RICO activities with the Government…..

  33. asherchang2 says:

    I love the generic clip art that the place in the pic uses, especially the slightly creepy man with an ambiguous expression on his face.

  34. ClayS says:

    @TheUncleBob:
    Actually, I would think that health insurance premiums would take into consideration activities that increase morbidity, like smoking, not wearing seatbelts, etc.

  35. dandd says:

    So where are people who depended on these services going to get money now? The black market seems the only option for most of them.

    Sorry, but we cannot save people from themselves.

  36. PølάrβǽЯ says:

    @TheUncleBob: Which is exactly what is happening with these payday loans. You don’t have $100? Well borrow it from us, and then you can pay us back $120 that you don’t have!

  37. doctor_cos wants you to remain calm says:

    @yesteryear: “our tax dollars” are primarily used to help those with money keep the money. You are deluding yourself if you think that such social programs you speak of are even a blip on the radar of most politicians.

    Prosecuting otherwise innocent individuals for doing or offering ‘stupid’ things – another service governments offer.
    I think that voting for morons is stupid as well, why isn’t that illegal? Then we wouldn’t have to spend “our tax dollars” invading or occupying other countries.

  38. snoop-blog says:

    @doctor_cos: the reason moron’s can vote is because of something called the electoral college. they don’t have to vote for mr nader simply because of the majority of the population did.

  39. Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

    @nequam: Yeah, I know. Sorry, it’s just built into our genes. Besides, like half the other people in the Granite State, I’m a MA transplant from way back. I looked at the statistics, and we Granite Staters still have a lower tax burden than MA, but we get royally shafted with property taxes and we get no services in return for lower taxes. And even though the taxes are low, nobody mentions that the wages are low too. :>

  40. timsgm1418 says:

    AMEN@coan_net:

  41. timsgm1418 says:

    what about the Rent To Own businesses? Seems to me they do the same thing. Can never forget a friend of mine ordering a computer from Finger Hut cuz the monthly payments were so low, however by the time it was paid off the total cost was about 3 times the real amount of the computer. I don’t think the government should have stepped in to say “hey stupid, why don’t you just save for a computer” she was fully capable of reading the contract and she was ok with the price..As long as the customer is made aware of exactly how much they would be paying, I don’t see a problem. The first time I bought a house and saw the page that listed how much I would pay after 30 years, I almost fainted, but I’ve bought 2 houses since then. Make sure the customer is aware of the charges, and I don’t see a problem at all, charge whatever interest you want.

  42. timsgm1418 says:

    I would also think the lottery should be considered in this. How many lower income people play the lottery. Ever been behind someone that is obviously low income and they are buying $50 worth of scratch off tickets? I saw one guy in a convenience store scratching off his tickets while his 3 very small children we sitting in the car by themselves. I guess shelling out $50 for a hopefully $10 payout is worth it….

  43. TheUncleBob says:

    If I overdraft my checking account by one cent, they charge $32 + $6/day. What’s the APR on that one cent loan?

    How about instead, we expect people to take personal responsibility for their finances and expect the government to take care of the problems it is supposed to (border security anyone?)

  44. nequam says:

    @Grrrrrrrrr: Cheers! I was surprised to see how high the tax burden is in VT. What the hell are they doing up there??

  45. Squeezer99 says:

    suck that someone comes up with a product or service the market demands, and the state gives them the boot.

  46. joebobfunguy says:

    Everyone who pays taxes is enrolled in government welfare. its called income re-distribution. I agree that I don’t want the government to save me from myself. I am sending my rebate check right back when I get it. I don’t need a hand out!
    If I want to make a commercial with kids exercising and having fun to trick kids into buying my product, I have that right. I should have the right to not wear my seat belt and having everyone participating in the health industry carry the burden for my medical bills when I get messed up. I need that right! I will continue paying my 500% whether they like it or not.

  47. gamehendge2000 says:

    @nequam:

    In Vermont, they are busy making cheese and ice cream.

  48. Canerican says:

    They should force the Payday lenders to just lend them the money for no interest, right Consumerist?

  49. Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

    @nequam: I don’t know what the deal is with Vermont, although as far as I can tell, the state is much more agricultural than NH. There doesn’t seem to be much in the way of industry, and unlike NH, they’re cut off from the I-95 corridor. If I had to guess, I’d say there’s a lot less in business tax and tourist dollars coming in.

  50. accessmemorex says:

    This is worst form of current day preditory lending I have ever seen, How can someone blatently steal from so many people and get away with it. YES, I have used payday lending before, however, the same people could have taken the money saved it and in 3 weeks have saved enough to create a emergency fund, “Come on Charlie lets goto candy mountain”

  51. Parting says:

    Payday lending, now they can tackle ”fees” for keeping your item. That’s the way payday lenders in our city overrode the 60% max that they can charge in interest. Once you add fees, we’re back to 600%.

  52. XianZomby says:

    @dkush21: “ONLY 36% interest! Legalized loan sharking anyone!!!!”

    Loan APR Period Cost
    $500 036% 14 Days $6.90
    $500 100% 14 Days $19.16
    $500 150% 14 Days $28.75
    $500 200% 14 Days $38.33
    $500 250% 14 Days $47.91
    $500 300% 14 Days $57.49
    $500 350% 14 Days $67.08
    $500 400% 14 Days $76.66
    $500 450% 14 Days $86.24
    $500 500% 14 Days $95.82

    You know, I don’t think it’s loan sharking if you loan somebody with piss-poor credit $500 dollars for two weeks and you only charge them $6.90. I think it’s bad business, for you.

    Really, what is a good amount to charge somebody for a loan over two weeks? Anybody care to venture a guess? Make sure you calculate in the cost of renting a store front; pay for your employees; interest you will owe on the money you borrow so you can lend to the lowest rung of society; “risk,” because you’re loaning money to people that don’t have enough money to live for the next two weeks without a $500 dollar loan; and “profit.”

    No bank loans these people money, so without payday lenders they have no option. But if they did have a bank, they’d get charged $36 dollars for overdrafting by 10 cents.

    Laws don’t need to change the APR. Laws need to change the policies for what happens when you default on the loans. Maybe the interest isn’t compounded if you default for an additional two weeks, for instance.

  53. GhettoGodfather says:

    @XianZomby: I’d have to agree. Every time you create a new law, you take away just a little bit more of our freedom. I’m not an expert, but if I had to guess, I imagine that the majority of the people who turn to these places are the ones with shitty credit to begin with. You know what that tells me? If they had better credit (meaning they handled their finances responsibly in the past), they’d be able to get a loan at a much better rate. Even the extreme of taking a cash advance against a credit card is cheaper than these places. So with that being said, if these places want to take the risk of lending money to those who are of a higher risk of not repaying their obligations, then by all means let them. I see it as a hard (and expensive) lesson learned to all those who have bad credit… pay your bills on time, fulfill your obligations, and manage your finances wisely… so if/when bad luck befalls you and you need that little extra cash, you have better options to choose from.

  54. yesteryear says:

    @XianZomby: i think you forgot to carry your decimal point or something.

    from [ago.mo.gov]

    How much interest will a payday loan cost you?

    Loan fee
    $ 15.50 per $100 (nat’l average)

    Amount borrowed for each loan
    $ 500

    Loan term
    14 days

    Number of loans (including renewals) you expect to have in a year: 1

    Amount you will pay in fees per year:
    $ 77.50
    Effective APR on loan:
    403.00 %

  55. bored_reader says:

    ummm…

    “If I want to drive a motorcycle without a helmet – then that is my business.

    If I want to be in a car without a seatbelt – then that is my business.”

    yeah, until you get in an accident and wind up in the hospital and then the rest of us have to 1) pay higher insurance premiums or 2) pay higher taxes – since the hospitals get medicare and medicaid $$$ to stay in the black

    if you don’t want the gov’t on your back about seatbelts, then either pay ten times what you do now for health/car insurance or put a 12-inch metal spike on the center of the steering wheel so the rest of use don’t pick up the tab for your comatose @$$

  56. OrtizDupri says:

    @yesteryear: Even though studies have shown that people who live healthier (i.e. don’t smoke, stay in shape, etc.) cost MORE money than anyone else? Over time, we as a people would pay more if everybody was healthy as opposed to everyone was unhealthy. Not only because of the increased lifespan – meaning we pay more over time – but also because things like cancer, strokes, and random diseases would still afflict us. So it’s doubly bad.

    Let me do whatever the fuck I want to myself. The government doesn’t own me. “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”… guess we’re leaving out the liberty and pursuit from now on.

  57. XianZomby says:

    @yesteryear: I didn’t forget to carry a decimal point. In fact, your example of a $77.50 fee on a $500 dollar loan for 14 days matches up with what I listed: 400%. You offered loan fee and then calculated the equivilent APR. I offered APR and calculated what you called the loan fee.

    For a 14 day loan at 500% APR, you do this:

    500 (the APR) / 365.25 (days in the year) * 14 (days of the loan) = 19.164%

    So for a 500% APR loan, that 19.164% of the loan equals the fee.

    Work it the other way:

    $15.50 per 100 dollars? That’s 15.50% over 14 days, or divide that by 14 to get 1.107% per day. Then multiply the per day percent by 365.25 and get an APR of 404.38%

    When people say “500%”!!!! They don’t get that’s an APR. And they still think 36% is high. But you’ll go broke loaning people money at 36% APR, because you have to pay people to do paperwork to set that up. And you make like .0985% per day on a loan at 36% APR. That’s not worth it for a business. For a 14 day loan, that’s like a $1.37 per 100 dollars. You can’t run a business loaning people money at that rate.

  58. XianZomby says:

    Oh, and the real problem with payday loans is that if you need $500 dollars now, and you don’t have it, it’s because you have zero savings and spend your entire paycheck (presumably) on buying food and rent and other expenses. So the likleyhood that come next paycheck you’re going to have a surplus of $500 is almost nil. Payday lenders count on this, because they want you to default on your loan so they can compound the intrest and you end up having to pay back $2000 on a loan of $500. The “exorbant” APR is not the problem, it’s the compounding of the interest and the fact that people that need an emergency $500 or $600 and dont’ have that buffer built in already cannot expect to have surplus cash the next paycheck to pay off what they borrowed.

  59. SpecialEd says:

    @snoop-blog: “…when i had to leave town for an emergency and needed about $200 more than what i had. it costed about $230 to pay back so i paid them about $30 for a $200 loan for 21 days. not sure what interest rates were or anything like that…”

    That’s around 260% APR.

  60. Hambriq says:

    Now, to play devil’s advocate for a second, here:

    If someone wants to take out a payday loan and pay such a large interest rate, why do we feel the need to step in and stop them? Granted, the “lenders” may be taking advantage of people, but they’re not misleading or deceptive. And more importantly, they’re not long-term and have little potential to hurt anyone besides the person taking the loan.

    If you have a sub-prime mortgage, you are contractually obligated to pay it off for XX years, and if you don’t, you are walking away from potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of debt that the bank must take on, which then affects everyone else who either has a loan or is trying to get a loan.

    With a payday loan, you may be locking yourself into a cycle of debt, but the amount is tiny in comparison, and the sphere of influence relatively small.

    So why do we feel the need to police this?

  61. Hambriq says:

    Back to reality for a second: my fiancee was in this trap when we met. Payday loans every paycheck, and a constant barrage of overdraft charges. She was already in a not-great financial situation due to about 100,000 in student loans, and this exacerbated the situation to almost the breaking point. At the end of the first year we met, she had spent almost 15% of her post-tax income on overdraft fees and payday loan charges.

    I really resent the payday loan companies and her bank for taking advantage of her, but at the same time, I still wonder in the back of my head; were those sources of funds unavailable, what would she have done?

    They really are not “one-time” loans, as the lenders tout them to be. They end up becoming a way of life, a “cushion” for people unable to secure money through other means. They end up serving the same end as a credit card: enabling people to live beyond their means and charging them for it.

    I think the only thing I am happy about in the whole ordeal is that at least she was forced to pay off the “balance” every two weeks, rather than racking up an obscenely high, high interest credit card debt.

    And despite my libertarian leanings and my devil’s advocate post prior to this one, I am happy to see them gone.

  62. JustAGuy2 says:

    @snoop-blog:

    Sure they could. Want a helmet law waiver? Sign a form, get a special endorsement on your license, and a code on the license plate of your bike. Crash in the road, ambulance comes by, sees the plate of your bike, leaves you there.

  63. JustAGuy2 says:

    @Hambriq:

    How did your fiancee end up with $100k in student loans? Hopefully, it was for something that would generate the funds to pay it off. Unless she was going the law/medicine/quality MBA route, that seems an insane financial decision.

  64. MrEvil says:

    What I don’t understand is why people who take out payday loans don’t use the pawn shop instead? Oh wait, most of the crap they have that’s worth anything is owned by the rent-to-own place.

    Seriously though, these folks have made their own bed, now they have to sleep in it. Though I do hate the proliferation of Check n go and cash advance places here in my city.

  65. mac-phisto says:

    ok. i think i’ve read thru enough of the arguments on both sides regarding payday loans over the past year to formulate a middle-ground that both sides could agree with.

    what if we let the payday lenders continue their ways, but we add a cap – not in interest rate, but in what can be repaid. what if the laws were written in such a way that capped my interest on payback of the loan to say 3x the original loan amount. i borrow $500, you charge your 500% APR, but legally you have no recourse to collect any more than $1500 in interest & fees plus the original $500. the loan is satisfied either when i pay you back in full or reach the cap.

    attempting to collect on the debt past the cap would result in stiff penalties to ensure compliance.

  66. ARP says:

    @JustAGuy2: Of course you’d also promise not to sue the person that hits you, right? Even if was their fault? Or are we going to have to try to figure out if you would have been hurt if you wore a helmet. That’s what’s so complicated about many of these laws. As many have mentioned, you behaviors do impact others.

  67. Hambriq says:

    @JustAGuy2: Four years at a $40k/year Boston school. It racks up pretty quick.

  68. caj11 says:

    Here’s the thing that most people don’t understand – as evil as 500% interest sounds, these places serve a purpose for the lower income community. No legitimate bank would ever be bothered with a loan for a few hundred dollars, as consumer loans usually cost the same to process, regardless of their size. These payday loan and pawn shop places appear to charge substantial interest rates because it is a relatively small amount of money borrowed over a relatively short time. But at the end of the day, these payday loan places bank the dollars they take in, not percentages (and the people pay dollars, not percentages). Think of it like a taxicab analogy…the dollars charged per mile to take a taxicab across town is far higher than the typical airline ticket for a flight across the country. You wouldn’t take a cab across the country, you wouldn’t take an airplane across town. Dollars charged per mile for a taxicab is very high, yet there are fewer miles involved so the sum of money you pay is not that high. Same story with these payday loan places – nobody would use them to borrow tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars over 30 years and nobody uses a traditional bank to borrow a few hundred dollars for a month or less. 36% would yield too small an amount of dollars for these places to be profitable. Now that the state has effectively shut them down, the low income community has even fewer borrowing options. At then end of the day that means the low income community in NH will end up paying even more to borrow money. Smart move, New Hampshire!

  69. failurate says:

    The Senator was either flying cross country with balloons stuffed in his ass or was a fluffer on porn sets.
    That’s pretty much all I know about illegal/immoral activities in the 70’s and 80’s.

  70. butterick says:

    Subjectively I share the moral indignation over payday loan interest rates, but aside from the libertarian argument, here’s the problem from a free-market perspective —

    Payday lenders are not operating a cartel where they can conspire to fix the interest rates artificially high. They are in competition with each other and thus have an incentive to make loans as cheaply as they can while still turning a reasonable profit.

    So if payday loan interest rates are shockingly high, it’s because they have to be in order to make it worthwhile for lenders to tolerate the shockingly high default rates on those loans.

    Government price caps follow a familiar pattern: they feel good in the short term, but long term, they just drive vendors out of the market and leave buyers underserved.

  71. Caduceus says:

    Give the power back to the banks and credit card companies! They have the consumers’ interest at heart, right?!?

  72. missbheave (is not convinced) says:

    @yesteryear: exactly. not to mention the fact that payday lenders are now co-optings people’s SS and disability checks, aka our tax dollars, as repayment for these horrific loans. They are literally making millions off of my tax dollars. [online.wsj.com]

    Ppl that get payday loans are making a stupid decision, but often they are very low-income and more likely to rely on social services. I see these regulations as protecting me more than the people who actually get the loans, but it protects them too. Everyone wins except for the payday lenders and their stockholders.

  73. jonworld says:

    Yeah! Go New Hampshire! No sales tax and now no ripoff payday loans.

  74. JustAGuy2 says:

    @ARP:

    Exactly. You want to not wear a helmet? Fine, you accept 100% responsibility for that decision, since there’s no way to determine, in an emergency medical situation, whose fault it is.