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Better Data Is Key to Bank Alternatives to Payday
Walk down your average street in this country, and you'll find it easier to take out a loan than buy a coffee. With 22,000 payday lending locations in the U.S., Starbucks would have to grow three times in size to compete. Since the 1990s, annual loan volume has bloated to an estimated $27 billion. That's a lot of coffee.  more »
Debt collectors are facing increasing pressure from the CFPB through aggressive regulation by enforcement. In the past few years, the CFPB has entered into consent orders with debt buyers, banks and other lenders. The orders limit debt sales, increase data requirements and forbid various collection practices. more »
A recent opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal by Robert J. Jackson Jr., a Columbia law professor, discusses an interesting research study about the short-term impact on poor-credit borrowers of the usury case Madden v. Midland Funding LLC. more »
With the CFPB flexing its regulatory muscles, it's no surprise that collectors are making compliance a priority. more »
A recent story in American Banker reported that at least three banks are planning to launch new small-dollar loans products after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's payday lending rule becomes effective. more »
The May issue of The Atlantic contains an insightful story that puts a face to one of the biggest economic issues facing this country: the erosion of household savings in America and the resulting traumatic impact on the middle class. more »
Mark Whitlock is pastor of Christ Our Redeemer A.M.E. Church in Orange County, Calif. Gil Vasquez is managing partner of the certified public accounting firm Vasquez & Company LLP. Faith Bautista is the president and CEO of National Asian American Coalition.
There are far more payday lending stores than McDonald's restaurants in almost every state in the nation. But unlike McDonald's burgers, payday lending is rarely affordable and generally not digestible. more »
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's upcoming proposal to regulate payday and other short-term lenders will be an important step for consumer protection, but advocates are wrong to think the CFPB's actions are intended to or will have a positive impact on the quality of credit products for the underserved. more »
Ken Rees is the CEO of Elevate.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is about to issue new rules that will define the future of small dollar and non-prime lending in our nation. more »
Eugene Ludwig is the founder and CEO of Promontory Financial Group.
Signs of the subprime mortgage crisis were obvious long before the 2008 meltdown. Some recognized the danger but most dismissed the threats, arguing that a decline in home values would never happen. Other signs of distress went unnoticed or unappreciated. more »
The Third Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion in October that could drastically expand the already swollen ranks of consumer claimants under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. It could also make it much more difficult for businesses to successfully defend against such claims in the early stages of litigation. more »
In our first piece on collecting through litigation, we noted that the soft financial market and uneven regulatory landscape have led to a great deal of waste and loss of profitability in collecting unpaid debt. Now, we describe new systems that will employ technology to help litigation processes and return them to profitability. more »
Legal collections took a backseat to other financial processes in the wake of the recession. But with the job market showing strength and the related assumption that defaulting borrowers are regaining the capacity to pay back debt, it’s expected collection revenue via litigation will grow in 2016. more »

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