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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.

We Need a New Way to Evaluate Student Lenders

Students

We Need a New Way to Evaluate Student Lenders

We Need a New Way to Evaluate Student Lenders

Are private education lenders getting a bad rap? After reading the Wall Street Journal’s recent profile on Rohit Chopra, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s student-loan ombudsman, one gets the distinct impression that this might be the case. Apparently, this subset of the financial services industry takes exception to being called out by him for dragging… Read More

5 Steps for Negotiating Private Student Loan Relief

Students

5 Steps for Negotiating Private Student Loan Relief

5 Steps for Negotiating Private Student Loan Relief

Is it true that all good things come to those who wait? For some struggling student-loan borrowers, that may finally be the case as some private student lenders recently announced plans to take more substantive measures to help. The decision to modify a delinquent loan is a tough pill for lenders to swallow for a… Read More

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

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