Consumer Confidential: Why Is a Group of Lawmakers Working to Undermine Tighter Rules for the Payday Loan Industry?

In a bizarre display of bipartisan cooperation, a handful of Democratic lawmakers have joined Republicans in trying to cripple the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The question is: Why? Most notably, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who also serves as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, is co-sponsoring the deceptively titled Consumer Protection and Choice Act, which would undermine the watchdog agency’s...

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Consumer Confidential: We’ve Learned Nothing From The Subprime Mortgage Meltdown. Here’s Proof.

The Big Short, which I saw over the weekend, is an entertaining movie. It’s also deeply disturbing because one takeaway is that we learned nothing from the stupidity and greed of the subprime mortgage meltdown. Want proof? Look no further than a recent crackdown in the subprime sector by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The watchdog agency, which conservatives say is the embodiment of regulatory overreach, slapped Florida’s...

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Business Notes: Dec. 13, 2015

White River Junction — With an eye on becoming part of the downtown village’s artsy vibe, fashion designer F.H. Clothing Co. has opened its first “satellite shop” on Gates Street across from Northern Stage, offering a boutique selection of clothing, jewelry and even books. Designer and entrepreneur Joan Ecker, who owns and runs Quechee-based F.H. Clothing — also known as Fat Hat Clothing — along with her daughters, Jenn and Sara, said...

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From the Editor: Let’s Talk About Money
Aug25

From the Editor: Let’s Talk About Money

Coaches have shaped millions of lives. From Little League diamonds to high school football and soccer fields to college basketball and tennis courts, from ski slopes to swimming pools, coaches have inspired and cajoled and, truth be told, sometimes intimidated young people into reaching beyond their own perceived limitations and achieving, or trying to achieve, their goals. For most, this form of motivation comes to an end when school...

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From the Editor: Let’s Talk About Money
Aug25

From the Editor: Let’s Talk About Money

Coaches have shaped millions of lives. From Little League diamonds to high school football and soccer fields to college basketball and tennis courts, from ski slopes to swimming pools, coaches have inspired and cajoled and, truth be told, sometimes intimidated young people into reaching beyond their own perceived limitations and achieving, or trying to achieve, their goals. For most, this form of motivation comes to an end when school...

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