Senator Weyden questions Consumer Protection Agency
25
Jul

Installment Loans Aimed At Poor and Senior Consumers Become Target Of Hearing On Payday Loans


Yesterday, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore)  questioned a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau representative, associate director David Silverman,  about the agency’s authority to deal with installment loan lenders.  Silverman indicated that the CFPB had no supervisory authority over such lenders but did have broad investigation powers.

Installment loans are yet another exploitative “small money market” product notorious for resulting in usurious interest rates, extra fees and additional charges from unnecessary insurance placements.   Unlike payday loans which are usually due on a date certain, installment loans are paid in increments over time spanning from months to years.  Reportedly, borrowers are encouraged to unwillingly renew these loans, as though they are credit cards, which could accrue as much as 200% annual rates.

The focus of Senator Wyden’s questions was a company called World Finance which was highlighted in a ProPublica story this spring because of their predatory tactics.  World has more than $800,000 customers and a major share of what has become a $10 million industry.

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Loan Modifications Are Helping Very Few
25
Jul

HAMP Program Loan Modifications With High Defaults Hurt The Community But Enrich Servicers.

(Bankruptcy News Source:  “Loan Modification Recipients Redefault in Droves”  by Kate Berry, published in National Mortgage News)

Distressed homeowners are redefaulting in droves on loan modifications received through a government program, costing taxpayers billions and raising questions about the Treasury Department’s oversight of mortgage servicers.

Christy Romero, the special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, says in a report to Congress scheduled to be released Wednesday that Treasury failed to analyze its own data to determine which borrowers were most at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure after receiving government support.

The watchdog says 46% of homeowners who got help in 2009 through the government’s Home Affordable Modification Program have redefaulted on their mortgages, while 38% who received loan mods in 2010 have done so.
“This is a real problem,” says Romero. “We want homeowners to get the same help they were promised that was given to banks.” Read More →