Soldiers Wounded by Debt, Not Bullets

by Paul Kiel, ProPublica, and Mitchell Hartman, Marketplace, May 15, 2013, 5:50 a.m.by Paul Kiel and Krista Kjellman Schmidt, ProPublica, May 15 This story was co-produced with Marketplace. Listen to their coverage. Seven years after Congress banned payday-loan companies from charging exorbitant interest rates to service members, many of the nation’s military bases are surrounded … Read more

CRL Says TASC and USOBA Harm Ordinary Families at the Hands of Debt Settlement Companies

Here is another letter sent to the FTC in support of banning advance fees for debt settlement programs. It is notable for it’s strong statements and its well documented footnotes. Comments of Michael Calhoun, President, of the Center for Responsible Lending to the Federal Trade Commission Notice of Proposed Rule-Making: Telemarketing Sales Rule Debt Relief … Read more

Creditor Trade Association Speaks Out Against So-Called Debt Settlement Companies

A tipster (send in your tips here) sent me a copy of a recent letter sent out by the American Financial Services Association (AFSA) to the National Association of Attorneys’ General. AFSA is a national trade group that represents credit card issuers, consumer sales and finance companies, mortgage lenders, car financing lenders, etc. The letter … Read more