Overdraft loan programs (also called "bounced-check protection" or "courtesy overdraft protection") allow customers to incur debt when their checking account goes into a negative balance. Borrowers are charged a flat-fee per check or non-check overdraft and must bring their account to a positive balance within a short time period. The institutions that operate the programs do not disclose an annual percentage rate (APR) because they insist that overdraft loans are not covered by the Truth in Lending Act (TILA).
Testimony of Martin Eakes, Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Responsible Lending before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs hearing On the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's Rules on National Bank Preemption and Visitorial Powers
Wall Street analysts praise Wells Fargo's revenue and sales growth, diversification, distribution/marketing prowess, and standout risk management. Despite Wells Fargo's success, there appear to be serious trouble spots in its subprime mortgage lending, particularly the predatory practices of Wells Fargo Financial (WFF) that victimize low-wealth consumers. While these practices have been criticized by community groups since the mid-1990s, they apparently have been tolerated by Wells Fargo management because of the unit's profitability.
Prepared Testimony of Eric Stein, Senior Vice President, Center for Responsible Lending before Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit and Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity Joint Hearing.
Prepared Testimony of George Brown, Senior Vice President, Self-Help and Spokesperson, Coalition for Responsible Lending before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit and the Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity.
This report argues that North Carolina payday lenders make their profit on two key principles: 1) circumvent the North Carolina law by using federal law, and 2) utilize a business model that depends on borrowers paying more in fees than borrowing in principal.
Testimony of Martin Eakes,Self-Help CEO and Coalition for Responsible Lending Spokesperson Before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.
In 2001, the Coalition for Responsible Lending estimated that several common predatory mortgage practices cost U.S. borrowers $9.1 billion each year. For the most part, these practices were entirely legal under the law at that time. The report concludes that the solution is reforms to state and federal lending laws.
Summary of the North Carolina Mortgage Broker Licensing Law (pdf) Full Text of Mortgage Broker Licensing Law (pdf) Session Law FAQs about the NC Broker Law In August 2001, NC Governor Mike Easley signed into law the NC Mortgage Lending Act, Senate Bill 904. This law passed both houses with strong support and was endorsed by all major financial trade associations. It sets new licensing requirements for mortgage bankers, mortgage brokers and mortgage loan officers. It is the second phase of predatory lending reform in NC, following the NC Predatory Lending Act passed in 1999, which regulates the...
With huge profits at stake, the payday lending industry is fighting reform efforts by positioning itself as "consumer friendly," misrepresenting the facts, and circumventing state laws. Claim 1 : Payday loans provide needed emergency credit. Claim 2 : Payday lenders serve the working middle class. Claim 3 : Customers understand the cost of this service. Claim 4 : Payday loans are cheaper than other alternatives. Claim 5 : Fees are high because these loans are risky. Claim 6 : Most consumers use payday loans responsibly. Claim 7 : Consumers oppose any limits on payday lending. Claim 8 : The...
Testimony of Martin Eakes before the Federal Reserve Board at public hearing on predatory practices in the home-equity lending market.
Committee: US House of Representatives Committee on Banking and Financial Services
In 1999, North Carolina became the first state to enact legislation to curb predatory mortgage lending. Over the many years since, the North Carolina law has proven its effectiveness in curtailing predatory lending while preserving a robust subprime lending market. Full Text of the Law Short Summary of SB 1149 Full Summary of SB 1149 During the first year after the law's passage, North Carolina's citizens saved an estimated $100 million as a result of the law. The law did not increase interest rates on subprime loans in N.C, and subprime lending continues to grow in the state (up an estimated...
Full Text of the Law Short Summary of SB 1149 Full Summary of SB 1149 In 1999, North Carolina became the first state to enact legislation to curb predatory mortgage lending. Over the many years since, the North Carolina law has proven its effectiveness in curtailing predatory lending while preserving a robust subprime lending market. During the first year after the law's passage, North Carolina's citizens saved an estimated $100 million as a result of the law. The law did not increase interest rates on subprime loans in N.C, and subprime lending continues to grow in the state (up an estimated...