Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Monday, August 01, 2011 9:00 am
By Marcie Geffner ·

The Center for Responsible Lending has issued a scathing report charging that checking account advance loans offered by some U.S. banks are in no respect different from payday loans offered at nonbank storefronts. Here’s a summary from the July 21 report, “Big Bank Payday Loans”: While payday loans have typically been offered by non-bank payday

Monday, November 08, 2010 2:09 pm
By Marcie Geffner ·

Would you pay $2.50 to borrow $20 for one day? A week? A month? Perhaps if you were desperate enough, you would. But do the math and you’ll figure out that a $2.50 fee on a $20 loan for 30 days works out to an annual percentage rate, or APR, of about 150 percent. Cut the term