Which is more expensive for low-credit consumers — the daily cost of a short-term loan or a bank overdraft fee? The answer may surprise you. This commentary is available in the Inside Sources.
As New Mexico opened the second session of the 55th legislature, five Democrats introduced a bill that, despite good intentions, would make credit inaccessible for thousands of the state’s residents. While well-intentioned, House Bill 132 would be particularly harmful to the residents of a state that routinely has one of the lowest per capita incomes and highest poverty rates in […]
If bills were judged only by their titles, it would be hard to find fault in Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s latest proposal, the Loan Shark Prevention Act. But don’t be fooled. The crux of the bill is a 15 percent APR cap on all consumer loans, which would destroy the small-dollar lending […]
In this filing ACI commends the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) decision to rescind the specific provisions of the 2017 rule and thus preserve consumer choice and access to credit. As the CFPB thinks about re-evaluating the rules governing small-dollar loans, it should be mindful of the empirical evidence in this area and look to […]
Access to credit is vital for families and communities to invest and grow. For the millions of Americans who rely on small-dollar loans as a last resort, the CFPB’s decision to reconsider placing additional restrictions on these loans should be welcome news. You can read this op-ed in The Hill.
Right now, more than one in three U.S. workers are engaged in some kind of freelancing or project-based work, either as a primary or secondary job. By 2020, half of the U.S. workers will be freelancers, if the trend continues to grow at its current pace. For the millions of workers in this gig economy, […]
Will U.S. regulators put the breaks on small-dollar loans to American Consumers? A rule finalized by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2017 to impose onerous regulations on small-dollar loans would dramatically reduce access to credit for many struggling Americans who are locked out of the traditional banking system because of poor credit or low […]
Most Americans take access to credit for granted. A week doesn’t pass without spam mail advertising a new shiny credit card offering different perks and benefits. Recent estimates show that there were 364 million open credit card accounts in the United States as of the end of 2017, with about 7 in 10 Americans having […]