A watchdog group targets payday lenders with a ‘2 strikes’ rule to help borrowers

Scott Neuman | NPR
By law, the CFPB doesn’t have the authority to cap interest rates, but states do. According to the Center for Responsible Lending, 19 states and the District of Columbia have done so — usually imposing a limit of 36% APR. The federal Military Lending Act has long capped the annual interest charged on payday loans for military members and their...

PayPal cofounder Max Levchin’s traumatic debt experience motivated him to create Affirm. Now he’s dreaming of a world without credit cards

Chloe Berger | Fortune
“[BNPL] is marketed as interest-free, but consumers can find that they end up being charged more than they think they will,” Nadine Chabrier, senior policy and litigation counsel at the Center for Responsible Lending, told Vox last year. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau seems to agree, ruling earlier this month that BNPL plans must be regulated like credit cards.

Big Tech Wants Your Paycheck

Freddy Brewster | The Lever
A 2024 study from the Center for Responsible Lending found a 56 percent increase in overdrafts from users’ checking accounts after an initial advance, as companies tried to collect their money. “If you have insufficient funds in your bank account, [these companies] will attempt to collect repayment on multiple occasions, so you could end up receiving multiple overdraft fees as...

Earned wage access grows up

Ryan Lawler | Axios
By the numbers: In a study published this year, the Center for Responsible Lending found the average APR on pay advances repaid in 7 to 14 days was 367% (compared with 400% for a typical payday loan).

A Continuing Struggle to Reform Payday Lending

Janie Ekere | The American Prospect
According to a 2023 report from the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), 27 states across the country allow payday lending companies to issue single-payment loans with triple-digit interest rates. In recent years, five states have capped these rates, including conservative Nebraska, offering hope that more state legislatures across the country would do the same. But the payday lending industry has...

Biden’s overlooked campaign to protect Americans from Big Business

Nicole Narea | Vox
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed a rule to curb overdraft fees incurred when consumers withdraw more than the available funds in their bank account — a move that might save customers about $3.5 billion a year overall. It would limit those fees to only what’s necessary to cover the institutions’ costs, which is somewhere between $3 and $14...

Zero-down mortgages are making a comeback

Matt Egan | CNN
Anneliese Lederer, senior policy counsel at the Center for Responsible Lending, said it’s crucial for homeowners considering the UWM loan program to be educated about the terms and conditions. “Using fun lines like ‘no-down payment’ sounds exciting and great. But you need to read the fine print,” Lederer said. “This could be a fantastic product to allow people who can...

One of the biggest U.S. lenders is offering 0%-down-payment mortgages for first-time home buyers. Here's the catch.

Aarthi Swaminathan | MarketWatch
“The aspect of this program that makes me nervous is the silent second mortgage,” Anneliese Lederer, senior policy counsel at the nonprofit Center for Responsible Lending, told MarketWatch in an interview. “It’s great that there’s no interest on it, but it’s a balloon payment, and borrowers need to understand what a balloon payment is.”