The CFPB and payday financing: new agency/old issue

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The Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 brings nonbank payday loan providers under federal legislation when it comes to time that is first. Issue of the way in which to manage the pay day loan industry produces quantity of hard challenges for the newly produced Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Whereas many customer advocates would rather to ban or strictly restrict high price payday lending activity and address unfair/abusive financing methods, the CFPB also needs to be mindful of the effect of legislation on credit access for low-wage, credit-constrained payday borrowers. This article highlights the insurance policy, appropriate, and issues that are institutional during the CFPB’s decision-making procedure. The CFPB has got the chance to considerably move the longstanding customer security paradigm and only real-world security of susceptible borrowers and, thus, to realize the hopes associated with activists whom assisted to carry the Bureau into presence.


If the customer Financial Protection Bureau (hereafter described as the CFPB or Bureau) launched its doorways for company in 2011, it was fortified by the support of numerous advocacy groups and three-quarters of US households (Consumers Union 2011) july. This help ended up being crucial to the agency’s creation and would finally add highly to success in getting Senate approval of the director that is permanentKirsch and Mayer 2013). Customers, for his or her part, seemed towards the Bureau for actions in keeping with the robust “cop regarding the beat” role that Elizabeth Warren had famously endorsed after and during the legislative campaign for the Dodd-Frank Act (DFA) together with CFPB (Nasiripour 2010; Warren 2011). They counted in the Bureau to make best use of the “opportunity to build up a coherent method of legislation” based on a deep knowledge of real-world company models and methods, borrowers, and items, across all sectors associated with the credit market (Barr 2012, 134).

This Commentary offers a selective look at the CFPB’s early work using payday lending as a case study as an initial effort to understand whether the CFPB is successfully developing such a coherent approach to regulation. Your writers think that the way in which the CFPB addresses payday lending shall be a revealing “Rorschach” test for the Bureau’s view of its part in public places policy. We start by launching visitors to controversies into the policy debate over appropriate regulatory actions in the forex market, provide an analysis of options the Bureau will face, then think about the implications of the alternatives for customers and also for the agency itself.


Payday advances, it’s been asserted, lie at “the center of debates about ‘alternative’ financial loans” (Mann 2013, 1). Starting in the belated 1980s or early 1990s, the payday financing industry exploded as a way to obtain tiny, short-term credit for those who have a paycheck, a impairment check, or other constant way to obtain funds–predominantly the “working poor” (Mayer 2010). (a check that is post-dated typically provided as security for pay day loans.) Getting started as storefront outlets, payday loan providers expanded from the reported 200 nonbank loan workplaces within the early 1990s to nearly 24,000 by the mid-2000s.

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