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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.

New Student Loan Models Attract Borrowers & Investors

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New Student Loan Models Attract Borrowers & Investors

New Student Loan Models Attract Borrowers & Investors

It was bound to happen. So-called alternative financing sources for student loans have been popping up all over the place. Some take a peer-to-peer (P2P) approach, where individuals with a few bucks to spare and hopes of a better-than-market return lend to others who are looking for a good deal on a loan. P2P companies… Read More

Should Student Loan Refinancing Be Mandatory?

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Should Student Loan Refinancing Be Mandatory?

Should Student Loan Refinancing Be Mandatory?

In a recently published research paper, three professors from the University of Chicago and Brigham Young University asked a provocative question: Should consumer-borrowers be forced to refinance their mortgages when it is in their best financial interest to do so? After studying a random sample of 1.5 million residential mortgages that were outstanding in December… Read More

What Many College Rankings Don’t Tell You

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What Many College Rankings Don’t Tell You

What Many College Rankings Don’t Tell You

Fifteen years ago, our oldest child was preparing to head off to college in a distant state. My wife and I had so many thoughts running through our minds at the time that we thought our heads would explode: Will he be OK on his own? Will the curriculum be challenging enough? Will he figure… Read More

Legislators Propose Interest Rate Cap, But Will It Work?

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Legislators Propose Interest Rate Cap, But Will It Work?

Legislators Propose Interest Rate Cap, But Will It Work?

Congress is taking aim at high-rate, short-term lenders in the U.S. Representatives Matt Cartwright and Steve Cohn are joining forces with Senators Dick Durbin, Barbara Boxer, Richard Blumenthal, Jeff Merkley and Sheldon Whitehouse to establish a national usury limit for consumer credit transactions. Their targets are banks and finance companies that market payday- and account-advance… Read More

No, There Actually Is a Student Loan Crisis

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No, There Actually Is a Student Loan Crisis

No, There Actually Is a Student Loan Crisis

The Brown Center on Educational Policy at the Brookings Institution published yet another report on student loan debt. This time, its researchers are challenging the popularly held view that we are at the dawn of a financial crisis to rival the one we experienced just a few short years ago. Their determination? That broad-based policy… Read More

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