Pension Advances to be Scrutinized by Congress and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

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This New York Times article discusses the allure of borrowing against pensions, which underscores an abrupt reversal in the financial fortunes of many retirees in recent years. The offers, known as pension advances, are having devastating financial consequences for a growing number of older Americans, both threatening their retirement savings and exacerbating mounting debt within… Read more »

The Loophole

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About 12 million borrowers turn to payday lenders each year. According to a new study by the Pew Charitable Trusts, only about 14 percent of borrowers can afford to take enough out of their monthly budget to repay the average payday loan. While 15 states that have banned the predatory, high-interest loans that payday lenders… Read more »

LIBOR Scandal Widens

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Bank of America, the second largest U.S. bank, has received subpoenas from the U.S.Justice Department, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and U.K. Financial Services Authority requesting information about the company’s possible role in the rigging of a key international lending benchmark, LIBOR. Regulators have queried at least a dozen banks worldwide about their roles in… Read more »

The Barclays Scandal (AKA LIBOR LIAR)

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Questions about the close links between banking regulators and the financial institutions they oversee will come into focus on Monday, when a top official at Britain’s central bank appears before a parliamentary committee here looking into the manipulation of global interest rates. Questions: 1. Explain the Libor rate. 2. As a result of this scandal,… Read more »

Look into Auto Refinancing

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In the past few years, millions of homeowners have realized huge savings by refinancing their mortgages. Now, the refinancing craze is catching on in the car loans industry. According to this article refinancing could same your car might save you big time bucks. Questions: 1. According to the article, by how much have auto refinancing… Read more »