Payday Lending News
The latest news on payday loans and the payday lending industry from the Center for Responsible Lending.
- Legislation Introduced to Legalize Payday-Like Loans in Pennsylvania
PennLive 03 Jun 2013
The Pennsylvania Legislature is reviving an effort to legalize high-cost, short-term loans. Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh County) recently introduced a bill to legalize what he says are a new type of short-term loan product called "micro loans." However, opponents say there is little difference between this bill and a proposal that was shot down last year...
- RI Loses $1.6M Annually to Out-Of-State Payday Lending Companies
Go Local Prov 03 Jun 2013
Rhode Island loses $1.6 million a year due to the state's current payday lending policies, according to The Rhode Island Coalition for Payday Reform. It allows annual percentage rates of up to 260 percent on payday loans -- making it the only northeastern state that tops 36 percent -- but its policies are now under scrutiny in the General Assembly...
- Payday Lenders Evading Rules Pivot to Installment Loans
Bloomberg Businessweek 29 May 2013
In recent years, many payday lenders have been preparing for increased scrutiny from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by shifting to loans that are not within the watchdog’s reach. Typical payday loans can be as little as $100 and for terms as short as two weeks, marketed as a way to bridge a financial shortfall until the next paycheck. The fees and interest rates, however, can reach 521 percent on an annual basis, according to the CFPB...
- Cedar Rapids City Council Moves to Limit Lending Business Locations
Cedar Rapids Gazette (Iowa) 28 May 2013
In an effort to crack down on loans that charge as much as 400 percent interest annually, city staff in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, have recommended restrictions on where payday lenders may be located. Under the proposal, these businesses -- also known as delayed deposit services -- could not operate within 1,000 feet of a similar provider, childcare center, educational facility, park or recreational facility, or religious institute...
- For Third Year, Advocates Press Their Case Against Payday Lending
Rhode Island Public Radio 28 May 2013
Rhode Island resident Margaux Morisseau became a vocal critic of payday lending after seeing its impact in the working-class Woonsocket neighborhood, which has seen a recent comeback. Since a payday lending shop opened for business there about three years ago, however, Morisseau says that the neighborhood has started to backslide...
- Birmingham City Leaders Wind Back the Clock, Extending Ban on New Payday Loan Businesses
AL.com 22 May 2013
Officials in Birmingham, Ala., still exploring ways to rein in fast-cash outlets, have extended the city's moratorium on the businesses for a third time. With the additional six months, the freeze now will remain in effect until Dec. 19 -- by which time council members expect to have developed new zoning rules and pursued state legislation to limit the growth of an industry that they consider a blight...
- Payday Loans by Credit Unions Come Under Fire
American Banker 20 May 2013
Nine federal credit unions are making loans bearing what amounts to triple-digit annual percentage rates, similar to payday loans attacked by regulators. Of the nine, three are directly offering the loans -- Kinecta Federal Credit Union in California, Tri-Rivers Federal Credit Union in Alabama, and Louisiana Federal Credit Union -- while six others use third-party service providers not subject to National Credit Union Administration supervision...
- Another Payday Loan Debate on the Horizon
Allentown Morning Call (PA) 18 May 2013
Pennsylvania state Sen. Pat Browne (R-Allentown) is preparing to introduce new legislation that he claims will stamp out payday lending by gradually transitioning consumers into mainstream credit. Consumer advocacy organizations, however, are gearing up to fight a plan that they say will continue to sanction high-cost loans and extended periods of debt...
- Report: Some Credit Unions Are Still Involved in Payday Lending
Consumerist 16 May 2013
Federal credit unions are subject to interest rate limits that make their products much more affordable than payday loans; however, a few have found underhanded ways to continue offering the high-cost products. In the past, some would skirt the usury cap by including additional fees not technically part of the annual percentage rate or by referring customers to payday lenders that use the credit union's name and brand to originate loans outside of the oversight of the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA)...
- On Victory Drive, Soldiers Defeated by Debt
ProPublica 15 May 2013
The U.S. Defense Department has launched a review of the Military Lending Act, a law that has largely failed in its mission to protect enlisted borrowers from predatory interest rates. According to a 2012 report from the Consumer Federation of America, the number of payday lenders in and around Fort Hood, Texas, has not declined since the 2006 law took effect...
- Behind the Photo: The Unexpected Job Duties of a Commanding Officer
Marketplace 14 May 2013
As an Army commander, Captain Brandon Archuleta's duties include not only leading his troops in war but also helping them to combat their financial ills. Despite the Military Lending Act, which cracks down on predatory practices against service members, young and financially naive enlisted persons often turn to alternative lending sources to try to get back on track...
- Raimondo: Cap Payday Loan Rates
Turnto10.com 13 May 2013
Rhode Island Treasurer Gina Raimondo on May 15 argued the case for reining in payday loan interest, which currently balloons to APRs as high as 260 percent in the state...
- Local Governments Urged to Avoid Unfair Prepaid Card Practices
Kansas City infoZine 09 May 2013
Consumers Union is asking city governments not to offer prepaid cards with high fees and few protections. The request comes after Oakland, Calif., launched a dual municipal identification card/prepaid debit card that carries several costly fees...
- Bills Limiting Payday Loans Dead in Legislature
WSFA-12 (AL) 06 May 2013
Some lawmakers in the Alabama Legislature sought to implement new restrictions on payday and auto title loans, but those efforts have failed for the 2013 session...
- Payday Loans Cost Economy $1 Billion in 2011: Study
CNBC.com 02 May 2013
A new report calculates that payday loans took almost $1 billion and thousands of jobs away from the U.S. economy in 2011. Broken down, the Insight Center for Community Economic Development finds that American consumers struggling to repay the advances withheld $774 million in spending; lost 14,000 jobs; and entered into 56,230 bankruptcies that siphoned another $169 million from the national economy...
- Cedar Rapids Wrestles With Limits on Payday Lenders
KCRG (Cedar Rapids, IA) 30 Apr 2013
In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, city officials are considering a new ordinance that would limit the locations of payday lending businesses. The city council’s Development Committee advanced the proposal to the full council for a May hearing...
- Tribes' Payday Loans Under Scrutiny
Los Angeles Times 29 Apr 2013
More Indian tribes are entering the payday loan business as a way to raise revenue for their reservations, but federal officials suspect that some tribes are paid to offer sovereign immunity that helps non-Indian payday lenders avoid state regulations. Tribes have largely avoided states' attempts to assert their authority over tribal lending operations, but the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) may institute a new crackdown...
- High-Cost Payday Loans Seeing Tremendous Growth
The Day (CT) 26 Apr 2013
High-cost financing, including payday loans and pawn shops, has grown in the last two decades to the point that nearly one in four Americans have used them, reports the National Bureau of Economic Research. This type of borrowing, often is plugged as a means of filling a shortfall between paychecks, typically carries steep fees.
- New Regs Could Wipe Out Bank Payday Loans
American Banker 26 Apr 2013
A slew of new rules coming down the pike could take the air out of bank payday offerings, known as deposit-advance loans. Proposals from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. are the agencies' "way of killing the product," according to bank industry attorney Jeremy Rosenblum of Ballard Spahr.
- Ohio Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Payday Loan Appeal
Cleveland Plain Dealer (OH) (04/24/13) Harris, Sheryl 24 Apr 2013
Ohio's Supreme Court will hear a payday lending case that could close the licensing loophole used by businesses to charge exorbitant interest. In November, an appellate court ruled that Ohio Neighborhood Finance wrongly used a mortgage lending license to circumvent the 28 percent annual interest rate ceiling set by the state's 2008 Short Term Lending Act.