New rules aim to curb payday loan abuses


The new rules also would restrict the number of times a payday lender can attempt to debit a borrowers' account without getting additional authorization. The United States now has more payday loan stores than McDonald's outlets.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regulations released Thursday require that payday lenders determine upfront whether customers can repay their loans. For loans that are due in one lump sum, full payment means being able to afford the total loan amount, plus fees and finance chargeswithin two weeks or a month. Borrowers pay a median $15 in fees for each $100 they borrow, amounting to an annual percentage rate of 391 percent on a median loan of $350, according to the CFPB.

Under the new rule, consumers who want to borrow less than $500 can do so without the full-payment test if the loan is structured in a way that would allow the borrower to get out of debt more gradually.

"Millions of American consumers use small-dollar loans to manage budget shortfalls or unexpected expenses", said Dennis Shaul, CEO of the Community Financial Services Association of America, a payday lender trade group.

Consumer advocates are praising a new rule issued on Thursday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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The payday-lending industry is vast. "For too long, our state legislature has waited for others to solve the payday loan problem". She said she had then found herself stuck - "like a hamster on one of those wheels" - in a cycle of debt. Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, seems to regard people who take these short-term loans as victims. "While we're providing access to loans below Ohio's 28% rate cap, payday and auto title lenders are still finding ways to charge triple digit interest rates to consumers", Farry said. In Washington state, the industry has shriveled since tough restrictions were enacted in 2009. In more than 30 other states, though, the short-term loan market is thriving.

Terri Friedline, assistant professor of social welfare, is available to discuss the new rules and their effects. As a result, many Americans will lose access to an important source of emergency cash.

The rules will "cripple" and "devastate" the industry, said Edward D'Alessio, executive director of the Financial Service Centers of America. View the interim final rule.

But even with Republicans controlling the White House and Congress, he can not be removed from his job before his term ends next year, except for cause. The rule faces a potential vote to nullify it in Congress, litigation from an enraged industry and the potential for. Once these borrowers become delinquent, the bureau's 2016 amendments generally require that mortgage servicers send notices to these consumers every 45 days to inform them of available foreclosure prevention options but prohibit servicers from sending the notices a few times in a 180-day period. It's true that the fees can add up, especially if a borrower rolls over the loan multiple times, but it doesn't make the loans deceptive. The total sum lent would plunge by almost 80 percent, according to a simulation run by Richard P. Hackett, a former executive at the consumer bureau who is now an adviser to Clarity Services, a credit bureau that focuses on subprime borrowers.