Payday Loans – Symptoms of an Economy Failing Millions

While the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau, or CPFB, is busy looking for ways to reign in or decimate the payday loan industry, it’s becoming clear that payday loans aren’t the problem. Instead, they are the symptom of a failed system. When did the system fail? Some would argue that it never got off the ground.

Helicopter Money Rotors Warm Up in Japan Following Bernanke Visit

Despite worrisome economic indicators, markets recently soared to all-time highs based on speculation that Japan plans to inject helicopter money into its economy to combat the country’s deflation. This best-guess prognostication was fueled by former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke’s dramatic visit to meet with Japanese leaders to discuss stimulus packages and helicopter money according

The Chinese Solution for Too Much Debt? More Debt

During the first quarter of the year, China’s debt grew to 237 percent of its gross domestic product or GDP. While this level matches that of the Eurozone or the United States, it’s much bigger than the debt levels of most developing economies. What is the Chinese solution for too much debt? Clearly, it’s more

As Business Fundamentals Continue to Deteriorate, Markets will Eventually Follow

While it appears that emerging markets are rising, business fundamentals continue to deteriorate. This means that markets will eventually follow. For 2016, emerging markets are seeing the most trade action. In fact, ValueWalk reports that over the last few weeks, debt funds and emerging market equities have seen record movement. As Business Fundamentals Continue to

Will Installment Loans be Impacted like Payday Loans by the CFPB?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, commonly known as the CFPB, has announced its proposed regulations for lenders who make small-dollar loans. Most of the media attention has been focused on payday loans, but the new regulations will also impact title loans and installment loans. Ever since the CFPB began evaluating ways to regulate payday loans,

Gold Geared Up for another Bull Market — With Greenspan’s Tacit Support

It seems that it is impossible to miss the advertisements and articles urging Americans to invest in gold. Radio and television commercials, news articles and online ads are abundant. Various economists insist that gold is currently undervalued and that this yellow metal is the safest hedge against inflation. However, when a former chairman of the

Italy Could Bring the Euro to Its Knees

The European Union has faced numerous challenges over the last decade. The financial crisis in Greece has been expensive, requiring substantial loans and concessions in an effort to stabilize that nation’s economy. Unemployment rates in countries such as Spain have topped 25 percent, growth is stagnant and many member nations are dealing with a rapidly

Cash Advance Store Owners can Remain Secret in South Dakota Ruling

In recent years, the cash advance industry has faced mounting criticism from a wide range of opponents. President Obama and Hillary Clinton have both gone on record as supporting stringent new regulations for the industry. State legislators, celebrities and debt-relief agencies have also spoken out against lenders who offer cash advances or payday loans. In

Smartest Investors in the World Aghast at Post-Brexit Market Rally

Financial markets are always unpredictable–that’s why investing is risky. Every winning investment usually involves someone losing money, and predictions about major trends and events—such as Britain’s exit from the EU–are rarely incorrect. However, the timing is more difficult to pinpoint, but timing is everything in financial markets. That’s why day trading has become so popular

Payday Loan Bans – What Happens When They Are Made into Law

What will really happen if payday loans are banned? The consequences could prove wide-ranging and affect multiple stakeholders in the world’s increasingly fragile economy. An article posted on the conjectured that the United States would become a wonderful garden without all the tacky neon signs for payday loans that are common in most areas

The 72 Billion Dollar Payday Loan Racket in Puerto Rico – With Taxpayer Backing

With a debt bill totaling around $72 billion, Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory that is clearly in financial trouble. Did Wall Street play a role in creating the island’s debt crisis? It certainly seems so. The ReFund America Project reports that the financial sector is responsible for setting up a $72 billion payday loan

Installment Loans — A Valid Alternative to Credit Cards

In an ideal world, people’s income would always greatly exceed their expenses, leaving them with a substantial savings account to handle any emergency expenditures. In real life, however, most Americans do not have savings that are sufficient to handle an unexpected financial crisis. If the refrigerator must be replaced, someone falls ill or the family

Payday Loans Draw Further Ire from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

A new study released by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB, targets the beleaguered payday lending industry with yet another charge of malfeasance. Apparently, these lenders are trying too hard to collect their legal debts from borrowers. reveals that the report, which was published before the CFPB released its long-awaited guidelines on June

Fed President Loretta Mester – Next Step in Monetary Policy Is Helicopter Money

The President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Loretta Mester, recently joined a parade of Fed officials who have endorsed the concept of “helicopter money” as a possible solution to the prospect of a severe economic downturn worldwide. reported that Mester, speaking in Australia before the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), opened the

Why do 62 People Own Half of Planet Earth?

Six years ago, no one could have imagined that only 62 people would now hold the bulk of the world’s wealth. At the time, that title was shared by 388 individuals. In the wake of the global recession, between 2010 and 2015 the staggering gap in wealth and poverty has ballooned at an alarming rate.

What More Payday Loan Stores than McDonald’s and Starbucks Franchises Says about the Economy

A sweep of current headlines on the state of the economy portrays positive signs: robust house sales, steady unemployment rates and rising personal income. However, analysis of the payday lending industry paints a very different picture of the economic conditions of middle-class America. Despite restrictions on cash advance practice in almost one-third of the nation’s

Payday Loan Alternatives – There are More Than You Think

A low FICO score or history of late payments prevents many Americans from obtaining low-rate loans through traditional methods, such as credit cards and unsecured bank loans. When faced with bad credit and an immediate need for cash, payday loans are a convenient option for taking care of surprise expenses. However, payday loans are not