Troubled Private Student Loan Borrowers Get Little Help, CFPB Says

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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

Will Congress Overhaul Credit Reporting Laws?

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Will Congress Overhaul Credit Reporting Laws?

Will Congress Overhaul Credit Reporting Laws?

Nearly every day we hear from consumers who feel like their credit reports and scores are holding them back. Some have been battling mistakes they are having trouble getting fixed, others feel like they are stuck in credit purgatory because their credit reports still contain negative information from homes they lost or loans they defaulted… Read More

Credit Card Companies Warned of Deceptive Balance Transfer Offers

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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

The 17,000% APR You Might Be Paying

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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

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

At 3 Years Old, the CFPB Gives Americans a Soapbox

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At 3 Years Old, the CFPB Gives Americans a Soapbox

At 3 Years Old, the CFPB Gives Americans a Soapbox

America’s newest federal agency just turned 3 years old, and it continues to be the preferred punching bag for everyone from the American Bankers Association to politicians like Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.), who once famously and proudly proclaimed that, “Washington and the regulators are there to serve the banks.” The CFPB, on the other hand,… Read More

The CFPB Announces Its Largest Credit Card Discrimination Settlement Ever

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The CFPB Announces Its Largest Credit Card Discrimination Settlement Ever

The CFPB Announces Its Largest Credit Card Discrimination Settlement Ever

GE Capital discriminated against consumers who indicated they preferred speaking in Spanish, and deceived customers when selling credit card debt relief products, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau alleged on Wednesday. The firm was ordered to pay $225 million to impacted consumers to end two separate enforcement actions brought by the Department of Justice and the… Read More

Elizabeth Warren’s Student Loan Bill Is Dead, But There’s Still Hope for Borrowers

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Elizabeth Warren’s Student Loan Bill Is Dead, But There’s Still Hope for Borrowers

Elizabeth Warren’s Student Loan Bill Is Dead, But There’s Still Hope for Borrowers

The Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act is dead. We can debate all we like the wisdom of proposing legislation that calls for additional taxation on consumers rather than allocating a portion of the excess revenues from student loans (an exceedingly profitable and, arguably, perpetually sustainable enterprise). In the meantime, here’s what can and… Read More

Will Obama’s Student Loan Plan Really Help Borrowers?

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Will Obama’s Student Loan Plan Really Help Borrowers?

Will Obama’s Student Loan Plan Really Help Borrowers?

It seems that the Obama administration is finally ready to put its money where its mouth has been on the student-loan crisis. The president announced that he will be taking certain executive actions to expand the relief programs the government has in place. One action would eliminate the absurdly limited eligibility standard that currently exists… Read More

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