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Here’s Where the 2020 Presidential Candidates Stand on Student Loans

Americans owing more student loans than ever before, college affordability and student loan debt reform have become hot-button topics among the 2020 presidential candidates. And the issue is definitely an urgent one: J.P. Morgan estimates four years at a private college could cost roughly half a million dollars in 2036 if costs continue rising at their current pace, … Read more

Why Radical Elizabeth Warren’s Student Loan Program Has Right Wingers Pissed Off for all the Wrong Reasons

Adam Levitin, writing for Credit Slip, made a profound observation about Senator Elizabeth Warren’s proposal to forgive massive amounts of student-loan debt. Her harsh critics, Levitin, writes, moan and groan about the morality of contracts, the unfairness of allowing some student borrowers to escape their legal obligations, and the enormous cost of forgiving billions of … Read more

Bill Would Make Employment Credit Checks Illegal

United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today introduced the Equal Employment for All Act with Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.). The legislation would prohibit employers from requiring potential employees to disclose their credit history as part of the job … Read more

CFPB Still Moving Ahead. Enforcement and Supervision Imminent.

Yesterday was the last Congressional hearing I’m aware of prior to the July 21, official launch date for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). There was tension that House Republicans would roll back the scope and authority of the new CFPB even before it actually began but from reports of the hearing, the gutting of … Read more

Elizabeth Warren Called Liar at Congressional Hearing. Disgusting.

A recent appearance by Elizabeth Warren of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in front of a Congressional hearing ended most unfortunately when Representative McHenry, Republican of South Carolina, accused Warren of making up the fact their staffs had agreed to an ending time for the meeting. Essentially he publicly called her a liar. More details … Read more

Elizabeth Warren Says CFPB to Spend Half of Budget on Enforcement

This past Monday I had the pleasure of catching up with my old friend Elizabeth Warren. She was the keynote speaker at the National Association of Attorneys General meeting in Charlotte, NC. Professor Warren made it very clear that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will focus on compliance, supervision and enforcement of financial products. … Read more

What Elections Could Do to Financial Regulations

by Marian Wang, ProPublica As Americans go to the polls today, their votes will influence a number of issues that we’ve been watching, whether it be the foreclosure scandal or implementation of financial regulation and healthcare reform–some of our favorite topics. So here’s our attempt to parse some of the election coverage and bring these … Read more

Offshore Debt Settlement, Morgan Drexen, Badges, Elizabeth Warren, Bed Intruder, CROA, and More – Podcast

Here is this weeks podcast where Damon Day and I talk about a number of debt industry issues including: Debt settlement companies settling up offshore enterprises to sell services back to U.S. residents. The odd statements made in the recent Morgan Drexen press release. You can watch video from the release here. What is the … Read more

Elizabeth Warren Needs To Be Named Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

I’ve known Elizabeth Warren for years and I’m proud to say she’s one of those people I can reach quickly if I need to. Hopefully once the selection process for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is over we’ll have a time to get together and interview her for the site. Hopefully the selection process is … Read more

Bankruptcy Becoming More Common Among Upper Middle Class Out of Necessity

For the past few years I’ve been suggesting bankruptcy more and more as a solution to people in trouble. I’ve written about my position, “I Suggest Bankruptcy Too Often, So Say Some“, and I receive my fair share of criticism about the amount of times I suggest bankruptcy. An article out today, full of data, … Read more

Elizabeth Warren Fights for New Consumer Financial Protection Agency

I’m really happy to see my friend Elizabeth Warren out in front of new ideas to protect consumers from banks and lenders. Maybe the time has come that consumers will be entitled to some representation in government when it comes to banking products and the banking system. Ms. Warren, for years a scourge of Wall … Read more