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29
Apr

Lisa Servon, RiteCheck, Check Cashing and Underbanked Myths

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24
Apr
23
Apr

Payday Loan Disruption

Jer Trihouse Consulting

Jer Trihouse

I’m lucky! I’m able to speak with international and domestic small dollar loan lenders, vendors, industry associations, pundits, regulators and the media DAILY.

I’ve learned the best approach is to LISTEN. What have I learned?

Everything is going digital. The “old ways” are just that – old. Serious disruption is now the norm. These are truly fantastic times to be a lender IF you’re willing to change your game. If not, you’re DEAD!

What do you think? Jer@TrihouseConsulting.com 

Jer – Trihouse

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21
Apr

Important Conference-California Financial Service Providers May 2014

From: Thomas Leonard, Executive Director of The California Financial Service Providers. (Added note by Paul Soter.)

INVEST a few minutes to consider a VERY IMPORTANT CONFERENCE AT THE JW MARRIOTT RESORT IN PALM DESERT, CA , MAY 17-20.

OUR Industry is very challenged by pending federal regulations from CFPB and new regulations from our CA regulator, the DBO (Dept of Business Oversight). These will be addressed at the conference by DBO Commissioner Jan Owen and CFPB Western Assistant Regional Director Laura Fiene. ADDITIONALLY, I AM PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE, LAURA UDIS, Payday & Small Dollar Lending Program Manager Deposits, Cash, Collections, and Reporting Markets FOR CFPB WILL ALSO JOIN US.

The Agenda has been designed to provide excellent presenters, exhibitors with products & services than can enhance profits, and some fun time where we can all enjoy functions/events and most importantly each other as we face these CHALLENGING TIMES TOGETHER. You can see the agenda, register for the conference, and book your great hotel room at cfsponline.com

This conference is a MAJOR financial investment by your association. Should we not meet room block requirements and support the conference with registrations, there will be serious impacts. FOREMOST, POOR ATTENDANCE WILL CERTAINLY MAKE A STATEMENT TO THE REGULATORS OF OUR INTEREST LEVEL AND PASSION FOR THESE PRODUCTS AND OUR INDUSTRY. In the current political climate, where we are facing serious threats at every level – Federal, State and Local, your participation is urgently needed.

TAKE 10 MINUTES NOW, REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE AND BOOK YOUR ROOM, AS THE BLOCK WILL EXPIRE IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS.

(From Paul Soter, legal counsel extraordinaire for lending in California: “Jan Owen is our primary state regulator. She understands the industry well and has been a tough and fair regulator. Laura Fiene, who came from the OTS, is one of the most knowledgeable and communicative regulators I have ever dealt with. Laura Udis, was the Colorado Credit Administrator, has been actively engaged with the industry for 20+ years and is candid and forthcoming as to how the regulators view the industry.”)

This industry, this association NEEDS YOU NOW. COME AND BE SEEN, STRONG ATTENDANCE MATTERS!

Thomas Leonard
Executive Director
California Financial Service Providers
559 299 9609
Go to www.cfsponline.com and register – May 17-20, 2014 – JW Marriott, Palm Desert Ca.

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18
Apr

Payday Loan Good News: Florida Bank Commissioner Comments

Some good news from a man who is obviously not an “ivory tower” economist or an academic! Drew Breakspear, Florida’s banking commissioner, comments on banks that dropped deposit advance products (payday loans), virtual currencies, regulatory issues and consolidation in the financial services industry.

Is there a way for banks to offer short-term small-dollar loans? [From “RepubHub]

I tell a story about a conversation I had with someone. We were chatting and for some reason payday loans were mentioned. The person said, ‘I used a payday loan once.’ I said, ‘For how much?’ ‘$300.’ ‘How long?’ ’30 days.’ ‘How much did you pay?’ ‘$42.’ I said, ‘Didn’t you feel that was a lot?’ And the response was, ‘It was the only way I could feed my family next week. I would have paid $100.’

I’m always concerned about eliminating a pool of credit [payday advances] that may be the only source of credit for a segment of the population if you don’t have something better to replace it.

I constantly hear about how expensive it is. I don’t think people always understand the fixed-cost element. If you are doing payday lending, you have to have a storefront, utilities, staff. You have to fill out paperwork. When someone walks in for a $300 loan, there is a certain fixed cost. Let’s say it costs $20 to make a loan. I’m not saying that is the actual number. But let’s just say $20 on $300 is 6.6%. If it was a $3,000 loan, $20 is 0.6%. It’s the same fixed cost.

To read this piece in its entirety: RepubHub. It’s not long and is certainly worth your time!

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