At least two nationally chartered banks are offering their own version of payday loans, with high fees and short-term balloon payments similar to those that cause the typical payday borrower to become trapped in long-term debt.
Because the entire loan must be repaid in short order, borrowers are likely to have difficulty both retiring the loan and meeting their other obligations. As a result, these borrowers—like the typical customer of payday loan stores—will likely take out a series of back-to-back loans, staying indebted for a significant portion of the year.
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is responsible for regulating these banks, and has so far failed to stop the predatory practice, making more Americans vulnerable to predatory short-term debt traps as it spreads.
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- Letter to Federal Regulators: Stop Illegal Payday Loans
October 28, 2013
The National Consumer Law Center, Consumer Federation of America, Center for Responsible Lending and 26 other consumer and civil rights groups sent a letter to federal regulators urging stronger measures to stop illegal payments from being taken out of consumers’ bank accounts. The letter went to federal bank regulators, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Federal Trade Commission.
- Comments by CRL and other Consumer Advocates to Department of Defense: Limitations on Terms of Consumer Credit
August 1, 2013
The Department of Defense is currently considering public comments and recommendations from other regulators on strengthening protections under the Military Lending Act. CRL and other groups have urged the DoD to significantly broaden the definition of credit covered under the law's 36% APR limit to include, among other products, all payday loans regardless of how they are structured or how long their term is.
- Advocates Support Proposed Restrictions on Bank Payday Lending
May 30, 2013
CRL and allies urge the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) to implement and strengthen their proposed guidance to restrict "deposit advance" (i.e., payday loans) by the banks they supervise. AARP, Consumer Federation of America, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the NAACP, the National Consumer Law Center and the National Council of La Raza joined CRL in submitting these comments.
- All Federal Credit Unions Should Shun Payday Lending
May 16, 2013
- Renewed Call for Federal Action Against Bank Payday Loans
March 13, 2013
Federal regulators should take immediate action to stop unaffordable, high-cost payday lending by banks. That is the key message from more than 260 groups and individuals in a letter to the heads of the Federal Reserve Board, the FDIC, the OCC and the CFPB. This is a follow-up letter from the same request that was submitted in a similar letter the previous year. The groups say, “We are concerned that a year has passed without decisive regulatory action, so we write to renew our call.”