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Mitchell D. Weiss

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Mitchell D. Weiss is an experienced financial services industry executive and entrepreneur. He is an Executive in Residence at the University of Hartford, a member of its business school’s board and co-founder of the university’s Center for Personal Financial Responsibility. His books include Life Happens: A Practical Course on Personal Finance from College to Career
and Business Happens: A Practical Guide to Entrepreneurial Finance for Small Businesses and Professional Practices—both of which are now undergraduate courses that Mitch teaches at the university and elsewhere.

How to Make the Most of Your Bad Credit

Personal Loans

How to Make the Most of Your Bad Credit

How to Make the Most of Your Bad Credit

It’s getting so a bank can’t make a decent buck these days. The New York district attorney’s office recently subpoenaed Capital One Financial Corp. for its subprime auto lending practices. The bank joins Santander Consumer USA Holdings and Ally Financial (formerly General Motors Acceptance Corp.), institutions that are likewise under investigation by other law enforcement… Read More

A Low-Down-Payment Mortgage Isn’t What We Need Right Now

Mortgages

A Low-Down-Payment Mortgage Isn’t What We Need Right Now

A Low-Down-Payment Mortgage Isn’t What We Need Right Now

The financial services industry is on the verge of an awesome hat trick with regard to residential mortgages. For the uninitiated, hat trick is sports-speak for three goals that are scored by the same player in a single game. In this instance, the trick revolves around three rather significant concessions the Federal Housing Finance Agency—the… Read More

Who Pulls the Strings on Your Student Loans?

Students

Who Pulls the Strings on Your Student Loans?

Who Pulls the Strings on Your Student Loans?

The call came after we’d already gone to bed. Our younger child—who was working at a summer job a couple of states away—was crying so hard we could hardly make out what she was trying to tell us. It was only after she’d handed the phone to the police officer on the scene that we… Read More

Would Free College Tuition Work in the U.S.?

Students

Would Free College Tuition Work in the U.S.?

Would Free College Tuition Work in the U.S.?

Sprechen sie Deutsch? In case you haven’t heard the news, college tuition is now free throughout Germany—and not just for Germans. But before you pack your bags for Berlin, you might want to consider what those who’ve made it through the process and lived to tell the tale have to say about that. Native-language proficiency… Read More

Why the Feds Need to Step In on Payday Loans

Personal Finance

Why the Feds Need to Step In on Payday Loans

Why the Feds Need to Step In on Payday Loans

The Pew Charitable Trusts recently released the fourth report in its series Payday Lending in America. The focus this time is on fraud and abuse in online lending. The report calls out payday loan structures that are designed to prolong indebtedness by front-loading fees on loans that average 650% APR. It also describes incidents of unauthorized withdrawals… Read More

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