Consumer watchdogs want to stop banks from offering short-term, high-cost advances on paychecks and other direct deposits.
The new CoreScore report and a new credit score based upon it will tap information the three major credit bureaus don't. Is it fair to consumers?
That first easy loan can lead to an endless cycle of ever-growing payments before you know it. Make sure you don't slide down this slippery slope.
The question remains whether recipients -- who have already been scammed -- will think the refund checks are fraudulent and toss them.
If you can pay it off quickly, a payday loan may be the way to go. Be careful, though.
Some big banks provide a product that's not quite as loathsome as a payday loan, but it's close, and it may become more widely available.
With the economy still sour, an online pawnbroker gets a cash infusion from some big names in an attempt to tap the middle-class market.
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