What’s Redlining?

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According to the Washington Post, there is a legacy of systemic racism that our government created and in many ways still isn’t doing enough to eradicate. Questions Based on the article, how would you briefly explain redlining? By what percentage are equivalent Black homes in neighborhoods similar to white neighborhoods undervalued? What is the key… Read more »

COVID-19 Leads to Borrowing Binge

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According to the New York Times, during the pandemic,along with the sharpest economic downturn in history, the solution by most companies has been to take on more debt. Questions: Why does this borrowing binge turn conventional wisdom on its head? Does the article make it sound like there will be many defaults to the Fed… Read more »

Under Trump Administration, CFPB scraps requirements to ensure that borrowers can cover basic expenses before loans

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According to the Guardian, the Trump administration plans to abolish key parts of an Obama-era rule that was aimed at protecting vulnerable borrowers from amassing untenable debts from payday loans. Questions: 1. How high can the interest rate be from some payday lenders? 2. What is the Trump administration argument for scrapping the basic expense… Read more »

Unbelievable Differences in Incentives!

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According to the Washington Post, the bundle of financial incentives Wisconsin offered to lure Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn’s first major U.S. plant is larger than what New York, Virginia and Tennessee collectively pledged to Amazon.com, a comparison of the two development projects shows. Questions: 1. Foxconn has said its $10-billion factory in southeastern Wisconsin will… Read more »

Worse Than We Imagined!

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According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the typical student borrower will take out $6,600 in a single year, averaging $22,000 in debt by graduation. Questions: 1. Of borrowers who started repaying in 2012, how many had defaulted by 3 years later? 2. By year 5, how many students default? 3. Collectively, how much… Read more »

Wells Fargo In the News, AGAIN!

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In a recent regulatory filing, Wells Fargo disclosed that between 2010 and 2015, they foreclosed on 400 homeowners after improperly denying them loan modifications that could have allowed them to stay in their homes. Questions: 1. According to the article, how did this happen? 2. How do they plan to compensate these people? 3. Do… Read more »

Stepping over a line: Legitimate collection or legal harassment on student loans?

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The agency charged with monitoring such student loan bankruptcy declarations is facing concerns that its tactics have grown ruthless. Bankruptcy experts say that the group is wasting judicial resources because it brings legal challenges to those few who are desperate enough to seek bankruptcy relief. Questions: 1. What is the name of this agency? Which… Read more »

Program at a Standstill!

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According to Mother Jones, in 10 months, the Trump administration has yet to approve a single claim to help defrauded students of such for-profit colleges as Corinthian or ITT. Questions: 1. Who is now calling on the Department of Education to resume helping students who borrowed loans from the fraudulent for-profit colleges? 2. Approximately how… Read more »

Repealing an effective policy without immediate replacement? Good idea?

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In June, the secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, announced plans to dismantle a set of Obama-era policies devised to protect students and taxpayers from predatory for-profit colleges. However, data released in the final days of the previous administration shows that the existing rules were more effective at shutting down bad college programs than even the… Read more »