Pew studies financial products to understand how they can be made safer and more transparent. Pew’s research informs policy solutions to create more effective consumer protections.
The consumer banking initiative studies the accounts that Americans rely on every day to manage their finances, including checking accounts, prepaid cards, and mobile payments.
The small-dollar loans project focuses on small-dollar credit products such as payday and automobile title loans, as well as emerging alternatives.
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Federal regulators have an opportunity to set rules for small-dollar lending for the first time, potentially saving American borrowers billions of dollars. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed a new rule for this market in June. Read More
Did you know that banks in the U.S. can use clauses buried in fine print to prevent you from bringing disputes over unfair fees to court? But together we can change it, with the help of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Tell them you want the right to participate in class-action lawsuits and hold banks accountable: http://pew.org/29lJPf2. Read More
Mobile payments technology allows customers to make online and point-of-sale purchases, pay bills, and send or receive money from their smartphones via Web browsers, apps, or text messages, and it has the potential to increase financial inclusion for consumers without bank accounts—the unbanked. Read More