| Jun 27, 2014
| 12:49 PM
If I were Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray, I might be rethinking my retirement plans.
Cordray is only 55, so it'll be a few years before the AARP inundates him with solicitations. But he may be the last director to win...
| Aug 12, 2014
| 7:33 AM
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, that whipping boy of big-business conservatives everywhere, demonstrated its value to the average consumer this week by explaining the pitfalls of bitcoins and other such "virtual currencies."
The key takeaway,...
| Aug 1, 2014
| 5:08 PM
An Irvine mortgage company that pulled the plug on its higher-risk loans a year before the Great Recession has launched an array of rule-bending home loans nationwide — a sign of a thaw in tightfisted lending standards in place since the housing...
| Sep 16, 2014
| 6:07 PM
The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sued Corinthian Colleges Inc. on Tuesday, alleging that the ailing Orange County for-profit college operator deceived tens of thousands of students through an "illegal predatory lending scheme."
| Sep 16, 2014
| 8:18 PM
An affiliate of Occupy Wall Street claims to have eliminated $3,856,866.11 worth of student loans in a program dedicated to buying debt.
The Rolling Jubilee, a project of Occupy offshoot Strike Debt, used about $107,000 of donated money to buy the loans...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 8:54 AM
Three American Express Co. subsidiaries have agreed to pay about $75 million in restitution and penalties for a variety of illegal practices involving hundreds of thousands of credit-card customers, regulators said Tuesday.
American Express Travel...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 3:15 PM
Federal regulators are taking a closer look at those restrictive contract provisions that force consumers to arbitrate disputes — barring them from suing a company individually or joining a class-action lawsuit.
And it doesn't look as if officials...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 2:54 PM
Few of the nontraditional home loans that triggered the financial crisis are still available, and lenders will have even more reason to avoid them now that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s definition of presumably safe and sound...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Most of the risky mortgages that triggered the financial crisis have disappeared from the marketplace, and lenders will have even more reason to avoid them because of a new federal crackdown on loose lending.
But one housing-bubble favorite —...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 11:15 AM
WASHINGTON -- Bank of America Corp. has agreed to refund customers $727 million and pay $45 million in fines for illegal credit card practices, according to a settlement with federal regulators announced Wednesday.
The refunds will go to as many as 2....
| Mar 24, 2014
| 9:00 PM
WASHINGTON — Four out of five people who take out a short-term payday loan either roll it over or take out another one within two weeks, pushing them into a cycle of debt, according to a report to be released Tuesday by the Consumer Financial...