States’ Attempts To Reform Payday Lending Are Often Just Smoke & Mirrors

States’ Attempts To Reform Payday Lending Are Often Just Smoke & Mirrors

Payday lending has been getting a makeover of sorts recently. A number of banks, including Wells Fargo, have discontinued their payday-like direct deposit advance programs after federal regulators tightened their guidance over the high-cost products. Now, a number of state legislatures are discussing payday lending reform bills, which they say will make short-term loans safer for consumers. But are they truly helpful to those who need them? Not quite, say consumer advocates. [More]

No Surprise Here: Credit Reports Created With Your Online Information Are Mostly Inaccurate

No Surprise Here: Credit Reports Created With Your Online Information Are Mostly Inaccurate

More than 64 million Americans are cut off from access to traditional banking because they lack credit history. To better serve these unbanked consumers financial institutions are relying on the promises of big data brokers to accurately determine the creditworthiness of consumers. But is the new method a reliable way to provide affordable access to credit? Not really, a new report by the National Consumer Law Center points out. [More]

Former Pizza Hut And KFC Buildings Never Escape Their Roots

Former Pizza Hut And KFC Buildings Never Escape Their Roots

If this great nation has a massive supply of anything, it’s abandoned chain restaurant buildings. Fortunately, ingenious business owners find new uses for them, turning fast-food joints into ethnic restaurants and … well, pretty much anything with four walls into a payday loan place or a pawn shop. [More]

RISE Credit: A Safe Short-Term Loan Option Or A Payday Wolf In Rocky’s Sweatshirt?

RISE Credit: A Safe Short-Term Loan Option Or A Payday Wolf In Rocky’s Sweatshirt?

Consumers looking for relief from the cycle of debt often associated with the use of payday loans may have seen the light at the end of the tunnel with RISE Credit. The products billed as the next generation in financial products has it all – a true American hero featured in its ads and the promise to give you a financial comeback. [More]

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Senator Endorses USPS Plan To Enter Financial Services Arena, Offer Payday Lending Alternative

With traditional banking institutions finally out of the payday lending game, who’s left to swoop in to take care of the unbanked? Apparently, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) thinks the United States Postal Service has what it takes. [More]

Banks Ditched Payday Lending-Like Programs, But What’s Next?

Banks Ditched Payday Lending-Like Programs, But What’s Next?

Bank may have exited the payday lending business this month, but that doesn’t mean their next foray into small dollar loans will be any less predatory. That’s why the National Consumer Law Center is urging banks to show leadership in developing affordable credit options for consumers. [More]

Can Postal Service Stay Alive By Cashing Checks & Selling Prepaid Debit Cards?

Can Postal Service Stay Alive By Cashing Checks & Selling Prepaid Debit Cards?

The once-great US Postal Service continues to sink into obscurity and financial oblivion, a destiny that will probably not be saved by all the postage stamp price increases in the world. But could the USPS keep its head above water by offering the financial services that are generally reserved for run-down strip malls? [More]

CFPB Tackles Mortgage Protections For Borrowers In The Armed Forces

CFPB Tackles Mortgage Protections For Borrowers In The Armed Forces

The CFPB last week unveiled a set of rules (PDF) to protect mortgage borrowers, especially those who are military servicemembers. [More]

And Then There Was One: Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank Discontinue Payday Loan Products

And Then There Was One: Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank Discontinue Payday Loan Products

The small victories are adding up in the battle against predatory loans this week. Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank announced they will discontinue high-risk payday lending programs. [More]

Banks That Market To & Serve Military Also Tacking On Huge Fees

Banks That Market To & Serve Military Also Tacking On Huge Fees

One might assume that banks marketing to U.S. military servicemembers would not be out to nickel and dime these men and women with unnecessarily high fees on their accounts. But among those financial institutions levying the highest level of fees on its account-holders are several that not only market to the military but also have branches on military bases. [More]

A Small Victory Against Predatory Lending? Regions Discontinues Payday Loan Product

A Small Victory Against Predatory Lending? Regions Discontinues Payday Loan Product

It’s only a small victory in the battle against predatory loans, but there’s now one less bank offering a high-risk payday lending product to consumers. Regions Bank has closed the door on its payday loan-esque deposit advance product. [More]

CashCall Tries To Collect On Illegal Payday Loans, CFPB Says “Nice Try”

CashCall Tries To Collect On Illegal Payday Loans, CFPB Says “Nice Try”

Collecting a debt from people who owe money is one thing. Collecting a debt from people who don’t legally owe because those loans should never have been written in the first place? That’s another problem altogether, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is very upset with one company . [More]

How Does A $1,000 Loan Blow Up Into $40,000 Of Debt?

How Does A $1,000 Loan Blow Up Into $40,000 Of Debt?

We’ll never advise that anyone take out a payday or installment loan with an interest rate of 240%, but if you do find yourself taking out one of these ridiculously high-interest loans, know that defaulting on the payments can land you in the courthouse, where you could end up buried beneath a mountain of debt from which you’ll never dig out. [More]

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Payday Lender To Pay $19 Million For Robo-Signed Collections & Overcharged Servicemembers

Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau took a big step toward reining in irresponsible, predatory lenders by taking its first enforcement action against a large payday loan operation accused of robo-signing court documents related to debt-collection lawsuits, illegally overcharging military servicemembers and their families, and trying to cover these actions up by destroying documents before the CFPB could investigate. [More]

FDIC & OCC Ask Banks To Please Stop Issuing Payday Loans As “Direct Deposit Advances”

FDIC & OCC Ask Banks To Please Stop Issuing Payday Loans As “Direct Deposit Advances”

While many payday lending operations are not directly tied to federally insured banks, some of the biggest names in banking — most notably Wells Fargo — offer what are effectively payday loans via “Direct Deposit Advance Loans.” But today the FDIC and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency have given some guidance to the banks they regulate, basically saying “That’s enough of that, don’t ya think?” [More]

Would You Order Something More Expensive If You Knew A Stranger Would Pay For It?

Would You Order Something More Expensive If You Knew A Stranger Would Pay For It?

Upon first reading, the tale of woe from a person who is upset at getting a free coffee from a stranger — because he would’ve ordered something way more elaborate and expensive if he knew he wouldn’t have to pay for it — makes my face feel like exploding into a thousand tiny pieces of rage. Each of those pieces is screaming, “YOU UNGRATEFUL PIECE OF HUMAN GARBAGE!” But let’s think about this. [More]

Where Did All Those Internet Payday Loan Ads Go?

Where Did All Those Internet Payday Loan Ads Go?

High-interest short-term loans are illegal in many states, but for a brief moment, lenders sought customers in these states anyway. In ads online and on TV, you may have noticed them: commercials that played up the companies’ Native American ownership, which made them totally legal in states where payday loans are normally illegal. “Nice try,” said state regulators. [More]

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Consumers Saved $4 Billion In Credit Card Fees Last Year, But Fewer Have Access To Credit

It’s been four years since lawmakers passed the CARD Act, a massive set of reforms for the credit card industry. As a result, consumers have saved billions in fees and other charges, but access to credit has also become more difficult for some people. [More]