(Phil Jones)

Discover, Wells Fargo To Offer Private Student Loan Modifications

Consumers facing difficulty in paying back their private student loans often have a difficult time receiving any relief from lenders. While some smaller banks have relaxed their repayment terms for good borrowers in the past, two of the nation’s largest private lenders are set to make the same opportunities available to private student loan borrowers. [More]

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CFPB: Mortgage Lender Must Refund Consumers $730,000 for Steering Them Into Costlier Mortgages

Taking out an expensive loan is often the only option when it comes to financing a new home. And while most prospective home buyers might expect their mortgage lender to find them the best deal, that isn’t always the case. Take for example a California-based mortgage lender being ordered to provide $730,000 in consumer redress for an illegal compensation system that offered bonuses to employees for steering borrowers into higher interest loans. [More]

Xavier J. Peg

From Ketchup-Tasting To Funeral Home Flirting, How Consumerist Readers Paid For College Without Loans

One day long ago someone made a joke to the effect that if you wanted to pay your way through college you’d have to work as a stripper. While I’m sure stripping is a very lucrative career, there are thousands of other ways to pay for your higher education – and some don’t even require taking out burdensome student loans. [More]

USA Discounters: Where A $650 Laptop Ends Up Costing Army Private $8,626

The USA Discounters website advertises its financing for military servicemembers and government employees.

A discount retailer that sells itself as being friendly to military borrowers has been pushed into the spotlight, thanks to a report highlighting questionable lending and marketing tactics that lead some borrowers into lawsuits where they can’t reasonably defend themselves. [More]


Feds Warn Consumers Against Taking Pension Advances

Unfortunately, not everyone currently in retirement has enough cash on hand to stay afloat, even those fortunate enough to receive a pension from their former employer. That’s why it might be tempting to solve a short-term money problem by taking out a pension advance, which pays you a lump sum now for signing over your pension payments to the lender for anywhere from a few years to a decade. Today, the Federal Trade Commission warned consumers to think twice before agreeing to one of these loans. [More]

Banks Working With HELOC Borrowers To Prevent Potential Loan-Default Disaster Before It Happens

Banks Working With HELOC Borrowers To Prevent Potential Loan-Default Disaster Before It Happens

The housing bubble that imploded spectacularly in 2008, taking a big chunk of the U.S. economy with it, has a second wave waiting to strike in the form home equity lines of credit (HELOCs). Having learned from the lesson that preventing a disaster rather than recovering from one might, in fact, be a better way to go, lenders — at the urging of regulators — are now working proactively with borrowers to stave off potential doom before it happens. [More]

Getting Ahead On Paying Down Student Loans Is A Good Plan, But Not Without Problems

Getting Ahead On Paying Down Student Loans Is A Good Plan, But Not Without Problems

For people looking to get out from under student loan debt before they have grandchildren, paying more than is owed each month has traditionally been an option. But according to a new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, questionable practices and a lack of transparency at loan servicing companies have resulted in prepayment causing undue headaches. [More]

If you can't pay back the 0% interest loan in full within 30 days, TitleMax refers you to an out-of-town lender that can refinance the loan at a triple-digit interest rate.

Auto-Title Lender Skirts Law By Giving Away Cash For Free

Several cities in Texas have recently enacted laws intended to drive out or rein in short-term, high-interest lenders offering auto-title loans, in which borrowers put up their cars as collateral for short-term loans averaging around $1,500. But one lender has figured out a way to get around those laws — by giving away free cash and redirecting customers elsewhere when they need to refinance. [More]

Wells Fargo Customer Explains How $500 Loan Resulted In $3,000 In Fees

Wells Fargo Customer Explains How $500 Loan Resulted In $3,000 In Fees

Wells Fargo claims that its Direct Deposit Advance loans are not payday loans, in spite of the fact that they are short-term, high-interest loans that are supposed to be paid off at the borrower’s next payday. One California woman says she assumed that Wells Fargo wouldn’t be steering her into a sketchy payday-like product, but then she ended up going around the debt carousel 63 times in five years — and paying $3,000 in fees on a $500 loan. [More]


How Predatory Lenders Get Around The Law To Loan Money To Military Personnel

In spite of the Military Lending Act, a law intended to prevent predatory lenders from gouging military personnel with exorbitant interest rates and mountains of fees, some of these lenders have figured out ways to work around the very specific limits of the law, targeting active-duty service members with loans that are almost indistinguishable from the ones forbidden by the Act. [More]

Student Loan Company Implies That If I Don’t Friend Them On Facebook, I Will Default

Student Loan Company Implies That If I Don’t Friend Them On Facebook, I Will Default

Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation is a large student loan servicer/guarantor, and a not-for-profit company. Their goal is a worthy one: they want to keep their customers engaged and get them to pay their student loans back. This is for the good of their customers, the good of the company, and really for the good of our entire economy. A recent e-mail they sent to their customers bothered a few readers, though, because it seemed to imply that if they didn’t follow the company on Twitter, they will default on their student loans.  [More]


State Lawmakers Consider Limits On ‘Payday’ Lawsuit Loans

We’ve written a lot over the years about standard payday loans — short-term, high-interest loans from non-bank lenders — and similar deposit-advance loans offered by some of the nation’s largest banks. But there is a growing form of short-term loan that lawmakers are concerned about — loans to plaintiffs of pending lawsuits. [More]

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GAO Calls Out Bank Regulators For Mucking Up Foreclosure Reviews

Back in April 2011, in the wake of the robosigning scandal and in light of numerous instances of erroneous seizures, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Reserve System ordered independent reviews of the foreclosure process at the country’s 14 largest mortgage servicers. Now, two years on, the Govt. Accountability Office is saying these regulators allowed the review process to become inconsistent and overly complex. [More]


Credit Card Delinquency Rate At Lowest Since Today’s College Students Were In Diapers

In spite of the fact that many Americans are still feeling the headache, nausea, and exhaustion from the Not-So-Great Recession, it looks like we’re becoming more responsible about paying our loans on time. According to a new report, the delinquency rate on bank-issued credit cards is now at its lowest since 1994. [More]


Report: Average $951 Car-Title Loan Results In $2,142 In Interest

If you live in any of the 21 states where car-title loans are available, you’ve probably seen the TV commercials touting the ease of this short-term borrowing option. But a new report claims that the average car-title loan results in revolving door of debt and a mountain of interest payments. [More]

Are your LinkedIn connections a good judge of your creditworthiness?

Getting A Car Loan Might Someday Depend On How Well-Updated Your LinkedIn Page Is

Whether they admit to it or now, we all know that some employers and schools stalk applicants’ Facebook pages, Twitter accounts and all the other ways in which someone can make a fool of himself online. But should your social media connections be involved in applying for a loan? [More]


CFPB Rules Aim To Protect Homeowners From Inept & Foreclosure-Happy Mortgage Servicers

One week after it announced a new set of rules that require mortgage lenders to prove that borrowers will actually be able to pay back their loans, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is unveiling a slew of new rules for mortgage servicers intended to curb some questionable practices and provide more safeguards for all borrowers. [More]


New Rule Means Banks Will Have To Make Sure Borrowers Can Actually Repay Mortgages

When the housing market collapsed five years ago, it was due in no small part to mortgage lenders who handed out loans without really considering whether or not the borrower could ultimately pay that money back. Hoping to minimize the chances of this happening again, regulators have introduced a new rule today. [More]