Tag: payday loans

15
Apr

PAYDAY LOANS-OBAMA FIGHTS BACK ON CUTTING CFPB FUNDING

The payday loan-small dollar credit industry continues to fight the good fight. However, an administration source was quoted as saying: “On Wednesday, House Republicans are looking to sneak an amendment into HR 1195 that would cut CFPB funding. To be clear, any attempt to limit funding at the CFPB is an obvious effort to weaken the important consumer protections put in place following the financial crisis.”

“In the Dodd-Frank Act, Congress took important steps to promote accountability by the CFPB, such as by constraining its funding more than for any other bank supervisor. The CFPB is the first dedicated financial regulator looking out for consumers and protecting them from deceptive and unfair practices. We cannot allow this dedicated watchdog to have its resources limited in this way.”

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11
Mar

Texas: Guns, Payday Loans, CABS-CSO’s, 3rd Party Lenders and Car Title Lending in Texas

Jer Trihouse Payday Loan ConsultingThe state of Texas has long held a reputation for personal freedom, low taxes, and minding one’s own business. Texas attorney Greg Abbot recently ran this ad in The New York Times, “Wanted: Law abiding New York gun owners looking for lower taxes and greater opportunity.”

The Facebook landing page reads, “We have right to work laws and a reasonable regulatory environment. Texas has created more than 275,000 jobs in the last year alone! And we’ll fight like hell to protect your rights. You’ll also get to keep more of what you earn and use some of that extra money to buy more ammo.”

So, all appears well in Texas. Except Atty General Abbot has not managed to enlighten Texas Senator John Carona regarding the “reasonable regulatory environment” nor the “jobs” theme!

SB 1247, introduced by Senator Carona is perhaps the most draconian, job killing, consumer coddling, Texas legislation in a long, long time.

(As you read this, remember that the state of Texas already has strong small dollar loan consumer protection legislation in place!)

In a nutshell, here is SB 1247:

*18 pages of gobbly-gook. No consumer, business operator, regulator or court will have a clue as to how 80% of this bill is, or will be be, interpreted and enforced. No small business person in their right mind will risk the fines and compliance burden SB 1247 would implement. That being said, uncertainty will drive Texas entrepreneurs and consumer small dollar loan choices underground or out of existence.

*A consumer may only have 1 loan out with a CAB. What the…! How does this work? Does the Senator plan to block all access to the Internet? China, North Korea and Iran cannot even achieve this. Internet lending transaction volume is growing 30% per year. Why so slow :o) Because in 30+ states, borrowers can still get a loan from their local business man. You know, that business woman who leases office space, employs Texans; Texans who pay taxes, buy McDonald’s burgers, purchase homes and rent apartments.

Will the Senator setup road blocks at all the Texas state-lines and search all vehicles for payday and car title loan contracts?

We all know the Senator’s ultimate, longer-term strategy is to employ a state data base as implemented in Florida, Oklahoma, etc. Based on real world evidence, state data bases are not the panacea they were once thought to be. You want a $500 loan? Grab your phone, enter “Austin payday loan,” click the link, fill out the application and the $500 will be in your account in the morning. (Hell, with today’s technology, a borrower can pull this off on a Sunday and spend the $$ Sunday afternoon!)

Alternative finance services (AFS) products including installment loans, line-of-credit loans, payday loans, car title loans, a loan on your Rolex… are all accessable from a Lender in another state, another country, an indian tribe in the U.S./Canada, or a store you can walk into.

I could go on but read the bill for yourself over at CreditAccessBusiness.com ! (A great Texas resource I might add :o)

Simply said, draconian legislation is not the answer to solving the financial challenges 20 million consumers faced last year when they chose – “voted” – for access to payday loan styled products. AFS Lenders WANT THEIR MONEY BACK. They will not loan their hard-earned capital to borrowers unable or unwilling to pay it back or in states that make it too tough to collect their money. (Funny thing: One experiment “suggested payday loan borrowers who received an interest-free loan were as likely to take out successive loans as those who paid the normal interest and fees.” –Fusaro and Cirill 2011)

Witness the recent introduction of safe-harbor payday loan legislation in North Carolina, PA… Why? Because the legislators of these states, and others, recognize their constituents insist on using AFS products to solve their financial challenges. Consumers need AFS products and demand access to them. A Bertrand and Morse Study (2011)  conceded that “loans maybe fairly priced and that many borrowers are fully informed, capable and simply face a pressing need for cash at a moment when they lack other, cheaper forms of financial aid.”

You want AFS fees paid by consumers to decrease? Make legislative compliance easier to comprehend and allow competition in the marketplace. (I’ve got a New York Federal Reserve paper to prove this theory as well – Donald Morgan: Defining & Detecting Predatory Lending)

ENOUGH for now :o) Jer Trihouse Consulting  702-208-6736

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17
Jan

Payday Loan and Car Title Pledge Loans: Unintended Consequences of Access to Credit

There is a strong argument for advising regulators to avoid restricting consumer access to credit alternatives. A piece written by Todd Zywicki and Robert Sarvis  at Mercatus.org does a good job of championing a multitude of financial products including car title “pledge” loans and payday loans. Here’s a portion:

“Well-intentioned legislators and regulators assume that restricting particular forms of credit will lead to fewer bad financial outcomes. But this is misguided and can lead to worse, not better, outcomes. Restrictions on particular types of consumer credit don’t necessarily induce consumers to refrain from unnecessary purchases or to avoid bad out- comes. Consumers resort to these financing options because they have pressing needs. So repressing one form of consumer credit will often only lead to a shift to other new or existing forms of consumer credit offered on less favorable terms for consumers. Restrictions on payday lenders might simply turn them into title lenders, as they seek to make up for caps on fees and interest rates by demanding collateral to reduce losses in the event of default, or push consumers to online payday lenders, which often charge higher rates than brick-and-mortar payday lenders. The ad hoc regulatory program of restricting disapproved forms of consumer credit thus has a whack-a- mole nature to it; limiting one form simply spawns a new one that avoids existing regulations.”

Read the entire article here: http://mercatus.org/publication/pitfalls-regulating-consumer-credit

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21
Mar

Jer Ayles-Ayler Trihouse on the Road with Payday Loans & More

Sorry everyone! I’ve been “on the road” the past MANY days. It started with the annual CFSA Payday Loan Convention in Hollywood, Florida. Then, I visited clients in Miami, Orlando, Key West (Thanks Steve! That was FUN!), Atlanta, Nashville, Clarksville and finally the 25th Annual Reservation Economic Summit (RES 2011) & American Indian Business Trade Fair in Las Vegas.

Man, The Sovereign Nation payday loan model is HOT! After that Wall Street Journal article, a lot of Tribe’s are wondering, “Why aren’t we doing this?” Looks like more will be…

The Payday Loan Offshore Model is making more and more sense as well. More than few significant players are entering this space.

I’ve got a LOT of comments and insight in AFS (payday loans, check cashing, currency exchange, money transfer, car title loans, tax refunds…) products and services coming so stay tuned!

Jer@PaydayLoanIndustryBlog.com

702-889-9555

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16
Jun

Arizona Payday Loan Laws and Legislation

Payday lenders in Arizona are reviewing creative methods to remain in business after the June 30, 2010 ban of the payday loan industry.

Payday loan lending businesses are now prohibited from operating in the state and, as a result, many Arizona payday loan lenders are considering converting to car title or auto-title loans and check cashing operations, which may be legal under Arizona law. Payday loan lawyers and compliance experts are researching these business models now.

Our clients and others are weighing the advantages and feasibility of switching to car title or auto title loans in order to continue to serve their customers. Demand for simple, no-hassle, minimum documentation micro-lending products remains huge! Unfortuately, Arizona Regulators fail to realize this demand. So, the Regulators simply outlawed payday loans leaving thousands of Arizonan’s without access to $300 to $1500 loans.  Check cashing services have also grown amid tighter state regulations.

The payday loan industry faces increased regulations from many states. Payday loan lenders narrowly escaped the financial regulatory reform bill, which would have required federal oversight of the payday loan industry. Millions of consumers through out the country welcomed this development as their ability to choose the payday loan product to solve short-term financial problems is a high priority.

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