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 Bank Regulators: Stop Bank Payday Lending
Published: Feb 22 2012 Issue: Payday Loans
Two hundred and fifty national, state and local organizations and individual advocates have asked bank regulators to stop banks from making predatory payday loans, which carry triple-digit annual...
- Comments on NCUA's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Short-term, Small Amount Loans
Published: Jul 6 2010 Issue: Payday Loans
Comments of the Center for Responsible Lending on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Short-term, Small Amount Loans from National Credit Union Administration--12 CFR Part 701--RIN 3133-AD71....
- Mainstream banks making payday loans
Published: Feb 24 2010 Issue: Payday Loans
National bank regulator, the OCC, must stop this trend before it takes off among more national banks, making millions vulnerable to predatory loans even in states that don't allow it from payday...
- National Bank Regulator Enabled Overdraft Abuses
Published: Feb 24 2010 Issue: Overdraft Loans
The OCC has acknowledged problems with bank overdraft systems but has allowed the banks they regulate to use them.
- Comment: Implementation of Military Lending Amendment
Published: Feb 26 2008 Issue: Car Title Loans, Credit Cards, Mortgage Lending, Overdraft Loans, Payday Loans, Refund Anticipation Loans
Comments on Implementation of Limitations on Terms of Consumer Credit Extended to Service Members and Dependents