Pew's small-dollar loans project focuses on conducting research that demonstrates the needs, perceptions, and motivations of consumers, as well as the impacts of market practices and potential regulations. Based on this research, the project puts forth policy recommendations designed to protect consumers from harmful practices and promote safe and transparent small-dollar credit.
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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has issued a proposed framework to regulate payday and similar high-cost, small-dollar loans. Overall, the proposal could transform the market in positive ways by requiring most products to become installment loans with smaller, more manageable payments and providing safeguards for consumers. Read More
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has proposed the first federal rules on payday loans, which 12 million consumers use every year. However, the proposal falls short because it would allow payday loans with 400 percent interest rates to flourish while locking out lower-cost loans from banks. Read More
Thanks to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), conventional payday loans are on the decline. In response, lenders have begun to shift toward offering longer-term installment payday loans, which are safer but often also needlessly expensive. Read More