Since 2011, Pew’s small-dollar loans project has conducted extensive research on payday, auto title, and similar loans and found that the market is plagued by unaffordable payments, deceptive business practices, and excessive prices.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau—the federal agency charged with regulating these loans—has proposed a new rule. However, without changes, the regulation would allow payday loans with 400 percent interest rates to flourish while locking out lower-cost loans from banks that could save millions of borrowers billions of dollars.

Pew provides research, recommendations, and technical assistance to help state and federal lawmakers craft policies for a fair, safe, and affordable small-dollar loan marketplace.

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Standards Needed for Safe Small Installment Loans From Banks, Credit Unions

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Standards Needed for Safe Small Installment Loans From Banks, Credit Unions

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Understanding the CFPB Proposal for Payday and Other Small Loans

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has issued a proposed framework for regulating payday and auto title loans, the first step toward precedent-setting federal rule- making to address the most harmful aspects of high-cost, small-dollar loans.

From Payday to Small Installment Loans
From Payday to Small Installment Loans
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From Payday to Small Installment Loans

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All of the largest payday lenders now offer installment loans, which are repayable over time and secured by access to the borrower’s checking account, in addition to conventional payday loans that are due in a single lump sum. This shift toward installment lending has been geographically widespread, with payday or auto title lenders issuing such loans or lines of credit in 26 of the 39 states where they operate.

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Federal Rules for Small Loans

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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.

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Payday Loans — And How to Fix Them
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