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  • On March 28, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its monthly complaint report. For the month of February 2017, the products and services generating the most complaints were debt collection, credit reporting, and mortgages, collectively representing over 60% of all complaints received. This is a shift over January, where the three most complained about products or services were debt collection, student loans, and credit reporting. On the whole, complaints decreased 10% compared to January 2017, with the bulk of the decrease stemming from a 51% decline in student loan complaints and a 10% decline in mortgage complaints.
  • The credit bureaus will change the way they include information about tax liens and civil judgments in credit reports. This could spur lenders' use of alternative credit data.
  • Mar 28 2017
    The Debt Trap
    The Debt Trap
    Mar 28
    Payday Loans
    Millennials are much more likely to use payday loans than any other age group in Canada, according to a recent survey by debt management company Hoyes, Michalos & Associates.
  • Recent cases against credit reporting agencies have likely confused consumers.
  • Leslie Jones says her credit scores are all across the board, high and low, and she has no idea how to find her true credit score. "The lowest score is 662, and the highest score is 745," Jones said.
  • Beginning in July, 12 million consumers will see increases in their credit scores thanks to criteria changes that drop some negative information.
  • Oct 30 2016
    The Truth About Payday Loans
    Nearly half of Americans don’t have enough in savings to cover a $400 emergency, according to a report from the Federal Reserve. In other words, 47% of the population is living paycheck to paycheck — so what can they you do when money runs short before the next check comes in? As you might guess from its name, that’s what a payday loan is for. A payday loan is a short-term, high-interest loan designed to bridge the gap between paychecks when you have an immediate need for cash. It’s generally recommended you use payday loans with caution (we’ll explain why in a minute), so before you take out a payday loan, here are some things you need to know.
  • A U.S. consumer financial watchdog on Thursday outlined plans to crack down on payday lending practices that leave borrowers with debt they cannot repay, and President Barack Obama touted the move as a contrast with Republican polices.
  • Feb 13 2014
    What Good Are Payday Loans?
    Azlinah Tambu, a twenty-two-year-old single mother who lives in Oakland, California, recently found herself in a tough spot. Her car had broken down, and she needed it to drop her daughter off at day care and to get to work. Tambu, an upbeat woman with glossy black hair and dazzling eyes, didn’t have the money for the repairs. She had no savings and no credit card; she had no family or friends who could help her. So she did what an increasing number of lower-income people do in such situations: she took out five payday loans from five different payday lenders, ranging from fifty-five dollars to three hundred dollars each. The fee to get the loans was fifteen dollars for each hundred dollars borrowed.