Subprime Auto Loans: Why You Should Avoid Them

John M. Vincent | U.S. News & World Report
“Subprime lending is inherently more expensive; it is not uncommon to see auto loan interest rates of between 25 to just shy of 30 percent,” says Chris Kukla, EVP of the Center for Responsible Lending. Unfortunately, that’s only part of the problem, as many extras are often packed on top of an inflated vehicle price.

'Safe' Accounts for Unbanked on Rise; Do They Do Much Good?

Kevin Wack | American Banker
Some consumer advocates are skeptical that banks will ever put a lot of marketing muscle behind overdraft-free accounts, as long as those options are being offered alongside more profitable accounts that do allow for overdrafts. "There's just not a lot of incentives for banks to put customers in those accounts," said Rebecca Borne, senior policy counsel at the Center for Responsible Lending.

Critics of Predatory Lending Divided Over Best Way to Help Borrowers

Michael Pope | WVTF Public Radio
Here in Virginia, car-title lenders offer loans at more than 200% interest and often trap borrowers in a cycle of debt. In the last four years, the number of cars that have been repossessed has increased 144%. And the number of people missing monthly payments has increased 273%. So what’s the best way for the government to respond? One approach would be to limit the monthly installments to five percent of a person’s income.

How A Progressive Stance On One Issue Is Saving Nc Residents More Than $450 Million Per Year

Rob Schofield | NC Policy Watch
The list of regressive new laws enacted in North Carolina in recent years is a long and sobering one. In area after area, state leaders have pushed an agenda that has dis-invested in essential public services and structures, promoted discrimination, laid waste to the natural environment and expanded economic stagnation and inequality.

Senate Bill 308 Would Help Homeowners to Keep Equity

Graciela Aponte-Diaz | The San Fernando Valley Sun
In 2016, recent reports of job growth are encouraging to learn. Yet these and other economic measures have yet to lessen the economic anxiety faced by so many California families. Struggles to make financial ends meet are particularly prominent for people of color.

Women in Banking: The Trouble with Leading a Turnaround

Tanaya Macheel | American Banker
The Community Reinvestment Act has been noticeably absent from both parties' rhetoric this campaign season, despite income inequality and the banking industry being so high up among their priorities. Building on the CRA would be a logical place to start to address income inequality, says Nikitra Bailey, who oversees coalition building and constituent services at the Center for Responsible Lending, but many believe the law is outdated.

Créditos Hipotecarios: La Gran Brecha

Radio Bilingüe
A los prestatarios latinos se les niega el acceso al crédito hipotecario en mucha mayor medida que a los blancos, lo cual continúa causando profundas brechas en la riqueza racial y segregación en la vivienda.

Consumers Want Action On Illegal Debt Collection

Charlene Crowell | The Louisiana Weekly
If you are one of the 77 million Americans who are hounded each year by debt collectors, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is taking on this $13 billion industry. At a July 28 field hearing in Sacramento, Richard Cordray, CFPB Director, announced the Bureau’s intent to rein in illegal practices that harass and rob consumers.