Watchdog Proposes Rules to Protect Homeowners From Bad Foreclosures

Mortgages

Watchdog Proposes Rules to Protect Homeowners From Bad Foreclosures

Watchdog Proposes Rules to Protect Homeowners From Bad Foreclosures

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Thursday proposed new rules that would offer U.S. homeowners additional protection from foreclosure. The proposals are part of the CFPB’s ongoing effort to protect struggling homeowners and make the mortgage process easier to understand. The expanded protections cover a variety of issues, from clarity about loan delinquency to additional help for… Read More

Troubled Private Student Loan Borrowers Get Little Help, CFPB Says

Students

Troubled Private Student Loan Borrowers Get Little Help, CFPB Says

Troubled Private Student Loan Borrowers Get Little Help, CFPB Says

Borrowers stuck with oppressive private student loan debts continue to get little mercy from lenders, which is bad for both consumers and the financial institutions, according to a report issued Thursday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. While distressed mortgage holders have several opportunities to appeal for lower monthly payments, and federal student loan borrowers… Read More

CFPB Says Flagstar Bank Stonewalled Troubled Homeowners

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CFPB Says Flagstar Bank Stonewalled Troubled Homeowners

CFPB Says Flagstar Bank Stonewalled Troubled Homeowners

At-risk homeowners trying save their homes from foreclosure during the mortgage meltdown complained for years that banks were systematically stonewalling them. On Monday, federal regulators accused a financial institution of doing just that, alleging that Michigan-based Flagstar Bank intentionally frustrated homeowners and pushed some into foreclosure. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Flagstar “failed …at… Read More

The Real Reason Your Car Dealer Wants to Lend You Money

Auto Loans

The Real Reason Your Car Dealer Wants to Lend You Money

The Real Reason Your Car Dealer Wants to Lend You Money

In response to what it sees as a troubling trend of auto-lending discrimination at banks, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is proposing to oversee the business practices of nonbank consumer auto lenders – including automakers’ financing units — in the same manner that it does the nation’s banks. Reactions have been swift and searing. The… Read More

CFPB Targets Payday Lender’s ‘Cash-Grab Scam’

Personal Loans

CFPB Targets Payday Lender’s ‘Cash-Grab Scam’

CFPB Targets Payday Lender’s ‘Cash-Grab Scam’

A new, brazen fraud begins with a twist: Instead of losing money, consumers get money, which is unexpectedly deposited into their checking account. But the surprise windfall turns into a big headache, and even bigger bills, the CFPB says in a lawsuit disclosed Wednesday. The cash comes from a payday lender owned by a firm… Read More

CFPB Sues Corinthian Colleges for Predatory Lending

Students

CFPB Sues Corinthian Colleges for Predatory Lending

CFPB Sues Corinthian Colleges for Predatory Lending

One of the nation’s largest for-profit schools engaged in a lengthy series of deceptive acts to entice poor students to enroll and take out pricey student loans, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau alleged Tuesday, saying the school had a “pervasive culture…that allowed employees to routinely deceive and illegally harass” student borrowers. Corinthian Colleges, Inc., which… Read More

Credit Card Companies Warned of Deceptive Balance Transfer Offers

Credit Cards

Credit Card Companies Warned of Deceptive Balance Transfer Offers

Credit Card Companies Warned of Deceptive Balance Transfer Offers

Some credit card issuers are misleading consumers about the real cost of balance transfers and low-interest promotions, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced Wednesday. The agency did not name any culprits, but issued a general bulletin alerting banks that they risk inviting an enforcement action if the deceptive marketing continues. In its bulletin, the bureau… Read More

CFPB Fines Auto Company $2.75 Million for Distorting Credit Reports

Credit 101

CFPB Fines Auto Company $2.75 Million for Distorting Credit Reports

CFPB Fines Auto Company $2.75 Million for Distorting Credit Reports

It’s every consumer’s worst credit score nightmare — a lender dinging their score repeatedly by sending wrong, negative information to the credit bureaus for years. On Wednesday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said a Texas-based auto lender did just that, sending bad data to credit bureaus through “systemic inaccuracies,” and ordered the firm to pay… Read More

CFPB Warns of Bitcoin Dangers

Personal Finance

CFPB Warns of Bitcoin Dangers

CFPB Warns of Bitcoin Dangers

It’s a bit too early to trust Bitcoin, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Monday, in an announcement sure to be unpopular with fans of the digital currency. Bitcoin users face “unclear costs, volatile exchange rates, the threat of hacking and scams,” and lack of clear refund paths, the CFPB said in a pretty sternly-issued warning…. Read More

The 17,000% APR You Might Be Paying

Personal Finance

The 17,000% APR You Might Be Paying

The 17,000% APR You Might Be Paying

Would you agree to pay a 17,000% APR for a loan? Of course not, but many consumers are paying stratospheric rates when they opt into overdraft programs offered by their financial institutions, according to a report released Thursday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. I am one of them. A few years ago, I used… Read More

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