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Millions of Americans rely on payday loans to meet their short-term credit needs, and new research suggests that they understand the costs and terms associated with the product.

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Posted 19 hours 13 min ago

It is tempting to believe we can avoid another crisis by giving regulators additional controls over the financial markets. A more effective approach would be to acknowledge regulators' limits.

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Posted 21 hours 13 min ago

Breaking News This Morning ...

eBay and PayPal to Split: The online marketplace said this morning it would spin off its payments unit, a move activist investor Carl Icahn had been pushing. Wall Street Journal, New York Times Receiving Wide Coverage ...

AIG and the Meaning of 'Many': A lawsuit that accuses the U.S. government of unfairly penalizing AIG shareholders in the terms of its 2008 bailout of the insurer got underway Monday. David Boies, a lawyer for...

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Posted 22 hours 16 min ago

More banks are competing for underserved customers and working to understand millennials as a group that's full of potential, according to speakers at a recent American Banker conference.

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Posted 1 day 17 hours ago

Banks are likely to reconsider product strategies associated with minimum balance requirements and earnings credit features as they prepare to comply with Basel III.

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Posted 1 day 19 hours ago

The DOJ wants the banks it threatens with litigation to admit accountability, pay hefty penalties and takes steps to satisfy the public thirst for payback. But the financial system would be better served if the bulk of regulation was left to the banking agencies.

From BankThink
Posted 1 day 21 hours ago

Receiving Wide Coverage ...

See You in Court: A lawsuit alleging that shareholders got a raw deal in the $184 billion government bailout of AIG goes to trial today, and pundits are abuzz with expectation Â-- but not because they think the central claim holds particular merit. In two separate columns in the New York Times, Gretchen Morgenson and Noam Scheiber shed no tears for AIG shareholders, including the insurer's former chief executive Maurice "Hank" Greenberg....

From BankThink
Posted 1 day 22 hours ago

Apple has a high-profile name and knack for revolutionizing the markets in which it operates. But consumer confusion over a myriad of mobile payment options and technologies may be a stumbling block for Apple Pay.

From BankThink
Posted 4 days 19 hours ago

Bank of America's recent mortgage settlement with the DOJ includes a number of striking admissions about its underwriting and origination process in the run-up to the financial crisis. These facts may provide banks and correspondent lenders facing buyback demands with a fresh line of defense.

From BankThink
Posted 4 days 21 hours ago

Receiving Wide Coverage.... Secret Fed Tapes: Here's all you need to pique your interest: It's the "Ray Rice video for the financial sector," according to none other than Michael Lewis, columnist and author of "The Big Short." A former New York Fed bank examiner secretly took a key-chain voice recorder into 47 hours of Fed meetings, recorded what she heard and gave the recordings to a reporter at ProPublica, which later distributed the recordings to NationalÂ...

From BankThink
Posted 4 days 22 hours ago