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Threat that National Banks Could Help Predatory Lenders Charging 135% to 199% Apr to Evade New California Law

November 7, 2019
Payday and Other Small Dollar Loans
Payday Loans
Letters to Congress

A coalition of 61 consumer, civil rights, and community groups sent letters to three federal bank regulators urging them not to allow their banks to help payday lenders evade state interest rate limits. The groups sent separate letters to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC), which regulates the only banks currently involved in rent-a-bank schemes; the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, which regulates a national bank that has been in talks with a payday lender; and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, whose banks so far do not appear to be engaged in rent-a-bank schemes.