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Consumer lending still slow to recover from recession

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.
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Sites offering peer-to-peer personal loans keep growing

Peer-to-peer lending sites are starting to come into their own. Peer-to-peer lending, a form of crowdsourcing where qualified loan borrowers can solicit personal loans from investors, has been growing as flagship sites like LendingClub and Prosper have been rapidly expanding. Peer-to-peer lender Prosper makes big haul from investors, one of the largest peer-to-peer lending
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Student loan debt exceeds credit card debt as college costs rise

Americans now owe more for their student loans than their credit card debt. While people are paying down their credit card balances in the aftermath of the financial crisis, college costs continue to rise. Some analysts say less consumer protection for student loans than other types of borrowing is a reason for the trend. Others
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Loss of refund loans causes mounting losses at H&R Block

Tax preparation giant H&R Block has just filed for another quarterly loss, despite it being the busiest quarter of the year. Though tax return season is when tax preparers make the bulk of their income, the loss of the refund anticipation loan product has cost Block dearly. The loan against tax refunds is facing extinction
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Death may not end student loan obligations

In the United States, students in college have racked up more than $885 billion in student loan debt. While students are on the hook for the majority of that debt, some families are facing heart-wrenching decisions. Some families are being held responsible for student debt even after the student dies. The student loan market Student

Changes to student loan programs make repayment easier for some

With the fall semester of 2010 coming up for many college students, recent changes to student loan programs are taking effect. Some of the biggest changes include an alteration of income based repayment standards. This help for graduates with student loan debt will reduce payments on this easy loan for some. New formulas and rules
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Federal Reserve not planning to reign in credit supply yet

The Federal Reserve has announced that it won’t be tightening the national credit supply just yet. The Federal Reserve has certain controls over the amount of available lending capital in the financial system. Fears of inflation have caused some to think the credit supply needs to be tightened, but the Fed does not think that

Texas rolling unemployment loan to the private market

Unemployment is high, and with up to 99 weeks of benefits available, states have paid out a lot. The federal government has provided loans to most states to fund unemployment benefits. The interest payments on those loans are coming due, and some states are seeking creative solutions. Federal unemployment loans In order to keep unemployment
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Small business lending drought has hurt Scottsdale, Arizona

Convincing banks to write short term loans for any size business has been difficult lately. Large-scale operations with multiple sources of capital can subsist, but small businesses like those in Scottsdale, Ariz., need short term loans in order to operate and expand. The Arizona Republic reports that banks and businesses have very different views of
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Consumers borrowing more money but not from credit cards

An increasing number of people are borrowing money, but more people are getting personal loans rather than using credit cards. The Federal Reserve released data that show consumer borrowing rose by several billion dollars in January, but it was from non-revolving credit sources. Credit card use dropped at the same time. Debt levels rise as
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Credit Karma offers an emerging new model for free credit scores

Credit Karma is one of many websites that have emerged offering free credit scores. Learning your credit score is easier now, thanks to the financial reform bill signed into law this month. Financial reform legislation, otherwise known as the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, requires lenders to show you the credit reports
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Installment loan lenders thrive where payday lenders used to

Many states have tried to eliminate payday loan lenders, but it hasn’t eliminated the need for credit from non-bank sources. Some states have new installment loans stores where payday loan stores once existed as other forms of short term credit fill the void. Virginians frequenting pawn shops and title lenders more Many states have passed
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Acción promotes success for Chicago microentrepreneurs

When individuals in the Chicago area need fast cash to cover for an accidental budget shortfall, they can apply for Chicago installment loans and Chicago short term loans. However, if a small business needs money to get off the ground or perform the renovations needed to expand, consumer short term loans and installment loans aren’t

Getting a loan in the UK could require taking a test

In the United Kingdom, new rules are being considered that would make loans for anyone that may need extra cash a little more difficult. After the Learning and Skills Council discovered that 9 out of 10 customers couldn’t calculate basic financial numbers, ministers took note. Now, new regulations may require customers that need loans to
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Consumer credit increased by $1.3 billion in November

Bloomberg reports that consumer credit rose for the second straight month in November, a sign that consumer confidence may be on the rise. The $1.3 billion November increase in consumer lending, paced by government-held student loans, followed a $7 billion increase in October. Consumer credit increased in auto, education fields Non-revolving loans such as auto
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Federal government might defer interest on unemployment loans

Though it still needs to go several rounds through Congress, the president has submitted his budget. One line-item has many states taking a second look at their budgets. States that took out federal loans to pay for unemployment may be able to defer interest for another few years. Unemployment insurance loans In order to pay

Sharia-compliant mortgage program in Minnesota ends

In Minnesota, Gov. Tim Pawlenty has ended a loan program intended to increase minority home ownership. The loan program only provided three mortgages between being set up by the Minnesota state housing agency and getting shut down by the governor. Pawlenty shut down the program upon discovering that it offered Sharia-law-compliant mortgages. Minority mortgages in