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October 3, 2016

Cynthia's Story: Medical Bills & Title Loan Create a Debt Trap

Dangerous and abusive payday lenders, consumer installment lenders, and auto title...

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September 25, 2013

Texas' Scalable Small Dollar Loan Program

This is the first installment of a series of blogs on Innovations in Asset Building. The Problem...

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March 14, 2013

Online Payday Lending Skirts State Regulations

Online payday lending has become a growing business and a growing concern. Online payday lending...

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January 8, 2013

What Happened to the Rainy Day Fund?

Hypothetical Situation: You’re about to travel to Indiana. You go to start the car –...

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December 6, 2012

City Of Chicago Announces Partnership with CFPB and Predatory Lending Reforms

Earlier this week City of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel announced two new initiatives aimed at...

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October 16, 2012

Program Spotlight: LEND

LEND, the student-run non-profit out of Northwestern University, provides microloans and business...

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August 3, 2012

Payday Loans and Their $7.4 Billion Annual Bill

Katy Welter Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice Each year, 12 million borrowers spend approximately...

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April 10, 2012

Small Dollar Lending Guidelines from the CFPB

Katy Welter Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ...

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February 13, 2012

Texas Appleseed Report Profiles Alternative Small Dollar Lenders

Katy Welter Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice A report released this week by Texas Appleseed,...

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