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March 1, 2019 | By PHILIP REED | Market Watch

If you buy a new or used car, and a few days later the dealer tells you there’s been a problem with your financing, alarm bells should go off. You might be the victim of a “yo-yo” financing scam — so called because you’re pulled back into the dealership to renegotiate the deal at a higher interest rate and worse loan terms.

February 28, 2019 | By Troy McMullen | Washington Post

In 2004, the pinnacle of homeownership in the United States, nearly half of all African American families owned a home, according to census data.

The record figure, fueled by the housing boom of the early 2000s, was still one-third less than housing rates for whites. But it was widely viewed as a milestone for a minority group that spent generations largely shut out of a fundamental pillar of the American Dream.

February 25, 2019 | By Jake Thomas | The Intellectualist

The Miami New Times reports that the Community Financial Services Association of America (CFSA) will host its annual conference at President Donald Trump’s golf resort in Doral t

February 25, 2019

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon's attorney general wants to better protect people who take out student loans.
 
Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum publicly backed an initiative Monday to regulate student loan servicers like Navient and Nelnet. It would force servicers to become licensed under the state and educate students on the borrowing process.
 

February 25, 2019 | By CLAIRE WILLIAMS | Morning Consult

The payday lending lobby has largely stayed under the radar in previous election cycles as other hot-button issues like Wall Street regulation and tax policy took up voters’ attention. But with Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), both advocates of consumer protections, officially running for president, the industry is gearing up for its first big political fight in the 2020 election cycle.

February 25, 2019 | By Riley Snyder | The Nevada Independent

In the coming weeks, Nevada lawmakers will see thousands of bright-yellow postcards dropped into their mailboxes.

The postcards, sent by members of the inter-faith group Nevadans for the Common Good, will include handwritten notes and requests for legislators to support more funding for K-12 education, affordable housing tax credits and additional restrictions on payday lending.

February 25, 2019 | By CARDIFF GARCIA, STACEY VANEK SMITH | NPR

Millions of Americans have used payday loans. These are small, short-term loans known for charging staggering interest rates — sometimes in the 300 to 400% range.

February 23, 2019 | By Gregory Bresiger | New York Post

You’re hopelessly in credit card debt and considering bankruptcy.

Wait — you don’t have to pay it all back, a television announcer claims.

There’s “a secret that the credit card companies don’t want you to know.” This “secret” will wipe out card debts for a fraction of what you owe, promises the ad, which is for CreditAssociates, a credit card settlement company.

“On average, we save our clients in excess of 55 percent of what they otherwise would owe,” CreditAssociates Executive VP Rick Burton told The Post.

February 21, 2019 | By Mike Calhoun | Morning Consult

Mary Schmidt, a lifelong resident of the St. Louis region, had a good job with a school district. In an attempt to cover a financial shortfall, she took out a payday loan of a few hundred dollars.

Unable to afford to repay the loan principal and fee, she repeatedly reborrowed — more than a dozen loans in total. Each time, she was hit with a fee. She was “drowning” in fees far in excess of the original loan amount.

February 21, 2019 | By Tulsa World

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau should not reverse a common-sense rule that protects payday lending borrowers.

This month, the bureau proposed rolling back a 2017 rule that prohibits loans to borrowers who cannot demonstrate an ability to pay them back.

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