The cash advance business has boomed since companies started offering short-term payday loans back in the 1990s. By 2001, lenders had built up a $14 billion industry. Today, earnings top $46 billion. This does not include title loans and other short-term loans. Many of these lenders are small, regional companies, but some lenders maintain more
Monthly Archives: January 2016
During this time in which the reliability of Social Security is being questioned, participation in a retirement plan is a way to establish future financial stability and security. Some members of the private workforce have multiple options when it comes to setting aside a portion of their income for retirement, such as a standard savings
The Slowing U.S. Economy: What 2016 Statistics, Trends and Outlooks Are Showing Statistics relating to market performance show that the U.S. economy has been on a roller coaster in recent years. Conflicting reports of growth, recession, job creation and consumer spending have led to instability in the stock market and wariness among consumers. Workers are
Merry Christmas Federal Government Santa in the Mirror It was no secret who Santa was for the federal government. Santa came in the form of a Senate vote that raised the debt ceiling for federal spending by $290 billion. This new limit was the scaled down version of the $1.8 trillion that was originally sought.
Banks and debt In an effort to find new customers, banks are aiming to help with a big public concern: debt relief. TD Bank, located on the East Coast, hosted a free pizza night for potential customers. Citizens Bank has promised to give new customers $1,000 if they are saving for their children’s college fund.
Consumer lending — loans lent to individuals — has been slow to recover from a two-year lull. Loans such as mortgages, auto loans, home equity lines of credit and personal loans aren’t impossible to get but are harder to get approved for. Banks are loathe to repeat mistakes that made them run for government cover.
Economic recovery Analysts are showing that some cities are closer to economic recovery than others, offering quicker debt relief to their populations. Overall, economists were anticipating national recovery to begin as early as summer of 2009, but definitely by the end of the year. They are noting some cities poised on recovery, while others are
Allowing foreclosure on purpose Many people have reasons for wanting to stay in their home, regardless of how much they’re paying. People don’t want to uproot their families or don’t want to go through the hassle of moving. However, some people are so fed up with the housing market that they’re willing to allow their
Fewer people are getting under water on the bank loans on their homes. Underwater is when a person ends up owing more to the mortgage company than the home is worth. However, part of it is thanks to the number of foreclosures. Fewer bank loans are getting underwater The number of people under water on
The Importance of State Tax Revenue Collection to the Economic Health of the Country A general increase of state tax revenue collection is often used as a gauge to measure the health of the economy, specifically economic growth, mainly because the national and local economic drivers have to be in place to make it possible.
Economic volatility is a distress signal that is constantly being emitted from the global financial sector. During times of economic uncertainty, attention tends to gravitate towards businesses that thrive even in an environment marked by widespread economic turmoil. Why is a certain business sector doing so well when others are struggling to survive? This question
Payday loans are hardly new, but the controversy surrounding them has reached a fever pitch of late. Proponents insist that these short-term loans provide a much-needed service by giving people access to small amounts of cash when they’re in a pinch. Opponents, however, believe the loans merely target low-income individuals who have no other options,
There has been much said about the payday lending industry as a whole. Some people feel that the industry itself is not well regulated and can be somewhat predatory. However, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that payday loans serve to fill a gap in the economy when some people are out of other
A recent Pew study found the presently shrinking middle class is now in the minority, as those between poor and well-off are becoming fewer and farther between. It’s a phenomenon that’s been observed and lamented for some time. Fewer people able to be middle class anymore The term “middle class” can be construed any number
Lender matching services like Personal Money Store and lenders that offer payday loans online and in storefronts advertise small, short-term loans as a quick fix to temporary financial difficulties. After a short application process, approved consumers are able to receive the money inside of the store within a few hours or have it deposited into
There is hardly any category of the finance industry that has not carved out a niche for itself on the Internet. This especially holds true for the payday lending industry, which has come a long way from being an add-on service at check-cashing establishments and has continued to perform well during the recent recession. In
Let’s say certain consumer advocate groups got their way; what would the effects of a payday loan ban be? Certain demographics would lack access to credit (though some assert harmful credit), or would use potentially worse forms, among other potential effects. First effects of payday loan ban are denying supply, not demand The primary effects