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State fines lenders for pushing borrowers into high-cost loans

March 13, 2018 |

High-cost lender Advance America will pay refunds to hundreds of California customers after a state regulator accused the firm of charging illegally high interest rates topping 100%.

The action, announced Monday, comes a few months after the Department of Business Oversight took actions against…

L.A. Times – Business

Under Trump, payday lenders and consumer protection agency exhibit cozier relationship

March 6, 2018 |

The former chief executive of a payday lending company that had been under investigation by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has asked to be considered for the top job at the watchdog agency.

Such a request would have been extraordinary in the years when the agency was run by an Obama appointee…

L.A. Times – Business

In bizarre reversal under Trump, consumer agency reveals moves to protect payday lenders

January 19, 2018 |

In what would be a laughable move if it wasn’t so incredibly tragic, the Trump administration’s newly emasculated Consumer Financial Protection Bureau this week sided with payday lenders over consumers.

You heard right. The CFPB, now led by an appointee of a businessman-politician whose companies…

L.A. Times – Business

Some UK Mortgage Lenders Refuse to Serve Bitcoin Investors

January 16, 2018 |

Some UK Mortgage Lenders Refuse to Serve Bitcoin Investors

British bitcoin investors trying to use their earnings to buy real estate are facing difficulties in securing loans from mortgage lenders. Several building societies refuse to work with them even after they converted the cryptocurrency to fiat and provided a paper trail for its origins.

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Some UK Mortgage Lenders Refuse to Serve Bitcoin InvestorsA number of UK building societies (financial institutions owned by their members like credit unions in the US) have said that they would not accept any money obtained from cryptocurrency-related transactions. This is despite the fact that there is no law or regulation in the UK which can legally prevent people from paying for a mortgage with fiat whose origin is bitcoin trading.

One broker described to the Financial Times how he was unable to secure a loan for a client because: “The first mortgage lender I rang asked me what a cryptocurrency was. I rang two other lenders and they said they would not touch it. When I mentioned where the money had come from there was massive reluctance to help or understand the problem. I do not believe the mortgage providers in general are ready for this issue and research tells me that a lot more people will be knocking on our doors with funds made or raised in this fashion.”

The Building Societies Association commented: “There is currently no regulation of these electronic currencies, which puts them into the highest risk category in relation to money laundering. In addition, it is well known that such currencies are popular with criminals, who use them to launder the proceeds of crime.”

FCA to Blame?

Some UK Mortgage Lenders Refuse to Serve Bitcoin InvestorsOther UK mortgage providers and banks are willing to serve bitcoin investors, providing they can prove the exact origin of the money with relevant documents, including Coventry Building Society, Skipton and the Yorkshire Building Society. Lenders said that a lack of clear guidance by the regulator is to blame for the fear of engaging with bitcoin investors.

A mortgage broker explained: “Lenders are so frightened about being hauled over the coals by the Financial Conduct Authority for not complying with anti-money laundering rules that they go beyond what in many cases you and I might consider to be reasonable.” The head of the Association of Mortgage Intermediaries, added that: “The rules are made by governments and lenders and regulators and the first real guidance we’ve had was the speech from (the FCA Chief Executive) Andrew Bailey saying that he didn’t see how cryptocurrency was a real currency.”

The FCA commented: “Our existing rules and guidance related to customer due diligence checks under the money laundering regulations require financial firms to take an approach tailored to the risks they face. We do not currently plan to issue guidance to mortgage brokers and lenders about the specific risks arising from sources of funds being used in housing transactions.”

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China Wields Bigger Stick on Booming Little Lenders

November 24, 2017 |

In its latest attempt to restrain the fast-evolving fintech sector, Beijing directed local governments to stop licensing providers of online microloans and to prohibit their operating outside the province where they are registered. What’s News Asia

Consumer protection bureau cracks down on payday lenders with tough nationwide regulations

October 5, 2017 |

The nation’s top consumer financial watchdog on Thursday issued tough nationwide regulations on payday and other short-term loans, aiming to prevent lenders from taking advantage of cash-strapped Americans.

The long-awaited rules from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — the first broad federal…

L.A. Times – Business

Trump Owes at Least $315M to Lenders

June 17, 2017 |

President Trump owes at least $ 315.6 million to various lenders—including at least $ 130 million to a division of Germany’s Deutsche Bank and at least $ 110 million to a commercial real estate lender—according to a federal financial disclosure form released Friday by the US Office of Government Ethics….

Pricey ‘fintech’ lenders put the squeeze on cash-strapped small businesses

June 16, 2017 |

Mark Newman needed some fast cash last October to keep his small Studio City wine-importing business afloat. He went to his main bank but was rejected for a loan because of his relatively low sales.

So Newman, 61, turned instead to an online lending company called OnDeck. After submitting a handful…

L.A. Times – Business

Buried deep within GOP bill: a ‘free pass’ for payday and car-title lenders

May 30, 2017 |

You have to wade all the way to Page 403 of the 589-page Financial Choice Act to find a one-sentence provision that obliterates current efforts to bring fairness and responsibility to payday lenders and similar merchants of never-ending debt.

Section 733 of the bill, which could come up for a vote…

L.A. Times – Business

Federal regulator ratchets up effort to regulate tribal lenders, suing four in California

April 28, 2017 |

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau launched another salvo Thursday in its battle against the tribal lending industry, which has claimed it’s not subject to regulation by the agency.

The federal regulator sued four online lenders affiliated with a Native American tribe in Northern California,…

L.A. Times – Business