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Banks loosen credit standards as consumer spending improves

Banks are continuing a trend of loosening credit standards in the U.S. According to a Federal Reserve survey, competition among banks to make loans to large companies is forcing them to ease credit terms. Banks are also making it easier for consumers to get credit cards. Lending gains momentum Competition among banks to make loans

Jackson Hewitt sues H&R Block over short term loan ads

Tax preparation giant H&R Block is being sued by Jackson-Hewitt over an ad campaign blasting the short term loan program offered by Jackson Hewitt. Both companies offer some form of a refund anticipation loan or a loan against an income tax return. Tax season is when both companies make the bulk of their revenue. H&R