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May 8, 2019 | By Lisa Rowan | Two Cents

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is making plans to enter the technology age with its proposal to change the rules for debt collectors.

May 7, 2019 | By Katy O'Donnell

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a highly anticipated proposal on Tuesday to update the rules governing debt collectors, establishing new guidelines on disclosure and the number of times a collector can contact a consumer.

May 7, 2019 | By Law 360

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Tuesday rolled out a highly anticipated package of proposed debt collection regulations, saying it aims to clarify and modernize consumer communication and disclosure standards 

May 7, 2019 | By Jillian Berman | Market Watch

Over the past several years, debate has raged among policymakers at the federal level about the best way to ensure for-profit colleges provide students with a decent college education, and don’t burden their students with high levels of debt they can’t repay.

Toward the end of their tenure, Obama administration officials implemented two rules aimed at cracking down on for-profit colleges, over resistance from Congressional Republicans and the for-profit college industry.

May 7, 2019 | By Anna Meyer | Inc.

Normally, Amazon opening up yet another store wouldn't necessarily make headlines. The company has 12 Amazon Go stores, three Amazon 4-Star stores, five Amazon Pop Ups, 19 Amazon Books stores, and four malls "presented" by Amazon.

May 6, 2019 | By Pamela Babcock | US News and World Report

If you carry a balance and can get a low interest rate, you might consider getting a fixed-rate card. But fixed-rate credit cards can be difficult to find and may come with other drawbacks. Here's a look at whether these cards might be a good option for you.

May 6, 2019 | By Alyssa Klink | Cronkite News

WASHINGTON – The federal government promised college students in 2007 that if they took their degrees and went into a public service profession, they could apply to have whatever student loan debts they still had after 10 years forgiven.

So far, the reality has been somewhat different.

When the first 29,000 applications were filed with the Department of Education last year, just 96 were OK’d, an approval rate of 0.33 percent.

May 2, 2019 | By Aaron Glantz and Emmanuel Martinez | Reveal

Want to know which banks target people of color for loans with high interest rates, steep fees or reverse mortgages?

Or which banks deny home loans to African Americans and Latinos even when their income shows they could easily cover the monthly payment?

April 30, 2019 | By David Baumann | Credit Union Times

Consumer advocates on Tuesday endorsed plans to impose a 36% interest rate cap on short-term, small dollar loans—a proposal that could easily accommodate the 28% interest cap of the NCUA’s Payday Loan Alternative Loan program.

April 30, 2019 | By David Lazarus | LA Times

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, under President Trump, already has moved to make life easier for payday lenders. It’s expected any day now to do the same for debt collectors.

The bureau will unveil proposed rule changes that are likely to include explicit permission for debt collectors to contact people via text and email (and maybe social media).

The new rules also may provide greater latitude for bothering people by phone and limits on people’s ability to challenge financial obligations.