CFPB Issues Warning on Deceptive Credit Card Marketing

Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a warning to credit card companies about deceptive marketing tactics used to promote convenience checks and reduced or zero percent interest offers. The Bureau told banks to properly disclose the costs of these … Continue reading

CFPB Warns Consumers of Bitcoin Dangers

Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued an advisory warning consumers about the dangers of virtual currencies such as Bitcoin, referring to these currencies as the "Wild West" of the financial world. The government agency also announced it is now … Continue reading

Small Debit Card Purchases Lead to Big Overdraft Fees

A new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau indicates most overdraft fees on debit cards occur on transactions of $24 or less. In addition, the majority of consumers pay back those overdrafts within three days. This means that a … Continue reading

CFPB Now Accepting Complaints on Prepaid Cards and Gift Cards

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is now accepting complaints about gift cards, prepaid cards, benefit cards and general purpose reloadable cards. The bureau has also begun accepting complaints about other non-banked products, like credit repair services and title loans. Companies … Continue reading

ACE Cash Express Ordered to Pay $10 Million for Bullying Payday Borrowers

The Consumer Federal Protection Bureau has ordered one of the country's largest payday lenders, ACE Cash Express, to pay $10 million in fines and refunds for bullying their customers to make their monthly loan payments. Consumers have reported that ACE … Continue reading

GE Capital to Pay $225 Million for Discriminatory and Deceptive Credit Card Practices

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has cracked down on yet another credit card issuer. Today, the CFPB and the Justice Department ordered GE Capital Retail Bank, General Electric's retail credit card business, to pay $225 million in relief to consumers … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–May 12, 2014

Target CEO Steps Aside After Massive Data Breach A Christmas-season cyberattack on Target's computer systems did more than expose massive amounts of customer credit card data to potential fraud. It also turned up the heat on deeper troubles that simmered … Continue reading

Bank of America Must Pay $772 Million for Illegal Credit Card Practices

Today, Bank of America was ordered by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to refund $727 million to consumers who were deceived by the bank's marketing of credit card payment protection programs and others who were charged for credit monitoring services they never … Continue reading

CFPB Report Shows the Ugly Trap of Payday Loans

A report released today by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shows how payday loans trap borrowers in a cycle of debt. The report showed a shocking statistic: a majority of all payday loans are made to borrowers who renew their … Continue reading

CFPB Urges Card Companies to Provide Free Credit Scores

The Consumer Federal Protection Bureau is urging credit card issuers to provide free credit scores for their customers. Doing so would allow consumers across the country to better track the health of their credit. Some issuers, such as Discover, Barclay and … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–February 7, 2014

Hotel Company Investigates Data Breach, Card Fraud White Lodging Services, a hospitality company that manages 168 hotels in 21 states--under franchises from Hilton, Marriott, Sheraton, and Westin—is investigating reports that it suffered a data breach that lasted from March 2013 … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–January 17, 2014

Millions Getting New Debit, Credit Cards After Target Hack Millions of consumers are being sent new credit and debit cards in the wake of the recent security breach that hit as many as 110 million Target customers. JPMorgan Chase announced … Continue reading

Top 10 Credit Card Stories of 2013

Identity theft and actions by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau dominated the credit card headlines in 2013. Below are the Top 10 news stories of the year in the credit card industry. One of the largest data breaches in history … Continue reading

College Credit Card Accounts Have Declined Steadily Since CARD Act

Each year, the CARD Act requires the Consumer Federal Protection Bureau to issue a report on the agreements between credit card issuers and institutions of higher learning and their affiliated organizations. The goal is to create more transparency in the world of college-affiliated … Continue reading

CFPB Orders $34.1 Million Healthcare Card Refund

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is ordering a $34.1 million refund to over one million customers who have used GE Capital Retail Bank's CareCredit card. CareCredit cards are designed to pay doctor and dentist bills with no interest, but recent … Continue reading

CFPB Studying Arbitration Clauses in Financial Services Agreements

New research from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shows that arbitration clauses are commonly used by large banks in credit card and checking account agreements, but almost 9 out of 10 clauses allow banks to prevent consumers from participating in … Continue reading

CFPB to Supervise Nonbanks That Service Student Loans

Starting today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will supervise nonbank student loans. This is new oversight for the large student loan market that serves over 40 million Americans. The Bureau currently oversees loan servicing at the largest banks, but now … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–November 22, 2013

Retailers Use Deals to Get You Connected Head into the mall this holiday season, and you won't just be bombarded by 50% off signs or two-for-one deals. Once you hit the cash register, someone is bound to tempt you with … Continue reading

Credit Card Rewards Programs Under Review by CFPB

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is starting to review whether credit card rewards programs are misleading to credit card users. The result of the review may be new, strict rules about the transparency of rewards programs, including details about cash … Continue reading

CFPB Planning Tougher Rules on Debt Collectors

The scrutiny continues to increase on the debt collection industry. Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to upgrade the regulations governing debt collection. It is asking for public and business feedback before proposing … Continue reading

CFPB Releases Financial Guides for Caregivers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released four guides for individuals who are put in a position to manage other people's money. These guides are specifically designed for caregivers who are responsible for the finances of seniors and people with … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–October 25, 2013

Russian Credit Card Firm Jumps After IPO The initial public offering for Oleg Tinkov’s credit card company in Russion raised $1.1 billion, valuing the company at about $3.2 billion. Mr. Tinkov said he got the idea for the credit card business after … Continue reading

CFPB Reports CARD Act Saved Money for Consumers

In the four years since the CARD Act was signed into law, the cost of credit has dropped by two percentage points, but many consumers are finding credit more difficult to obtain. These were some of the major findings of … Continue reading

JPMorgan Chase to Refund $309 Million for Illegal Credit Card Activity

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced today that JPMorgan Chase must refund $309 million to credit card customers that were improperly billed for add-on products. The CFPB and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency concluded that 2.1 million … Continue reading

CFPB Warns Employers on Exclusive Use of Payroll Debit Cards

Employers can't require their employees to receive wages on a payroll card and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is stepping in to make that clear. Businesses that offer payroll debit cards for their employees are supposed to provide them as … Continue reading

CFPB Taps Steven Antonakes as Deputy Director

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau officially named Steven Antonakes as the top deputy to Director Richard Cordray. Antonakes has been with the CFPB since November 2010. He started with the Bureau as an assistant director for large bank supervision, and … Continue reading

CFPB Warns Companies to Investigate Credit Report Errors

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is cracking down on companies that supply information to consumer reporting companies. This should make it easier for consumers to get reporting errors resolved. The CFPB issued a notice today that says these companies--called "furnishers"--are responsible for investigating … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–August 9, 2013

An $18 Million Lesson in Handling Credit Report Errors Julie Miller could not get the big credit bureau to remove a host of errors that it inserted into her credit report. So she tried suing and that worked. A jury in … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–July 26, 2013

New Ruling on Credit Card Regulations Could Mean Big Changes at the Cash Register in Canada A ruling expected this week on a complaint against Visa and MasterCard could significantly change how consumers use credit cards in Canada. Striking down the … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–July 19, 2013

Wells Fargo Eyes a Credit Card Push Wells Fargo has the most retail banking branches in the country, and makes the most mortgages, small business loans, commercial real estate loans and auto loans, but it is small in credit cards. … Continue reading

Senate Approves Cordray as CFPB Director

Two years after the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the agency finally has a permanent Director. Today, the Senate voted 66-34 to confirm Richard Cordray as Director of the CFPB. He has been serving as the acting director … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–July 12, 2013

Is a Store Credit Card Right for Your Wallet? Store credit card offers sound tempting but smart shoppers should consider taking the application home and scrutinizing the terms and conditions before deciding whether to apply for the credit card. For … Continue reading

CFPB Cracks Down on Debt Collectors

Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is intensifying its efforts to stop unlawful and abusive debt collection practices. The CFPB will begin notifying banks, payday lenders, finance companies and other lenders that they will be held accountable for unlawful conduct … Continue reading

New Tool Protects Seniors from Financial Exploitation

In an effort to protect senior citizens from financial exploitation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation have launched a new financial resource tool to help older adults protect themselves against identity theft. The tool is … Continue reading

CFPB Complaint Database Now Searchable by State

Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) expanded its Consumer Complaint Database to include state-by-state information. The CFPB also added complaints about money transfers and credit reporting to the database. “This data puts valuable information in the hands of … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–May 24, 2013

What's In Millennial's Wallet? Fewer Credit Cards Millennials are more financially cautious than the stereotype of the spendthrift twenty-something. Some experts say their habits echo those of another generation, those who came of age during the Great Depression and forged … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–May 17, 2013

The Long Shadow of Bad Credit in Job Search Over the last several decades, credit reporting bureaus have been selling their services to a much wider range of buyers than just banks.  Nearly half of employers use credit checks when … Continue reading

CFPB Issues Criminal Referrals Against Two Debt Relief Companies

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has filed a complaint in a federal district court in New York against two debt-relief service providers. The companies allegedly charged consumers illegal advance fees for debt-settlement services. The CFPB is trying to stop their … Continue reading

CFPB Revises International Money Transfer Rules

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is adjusting its rule that creates certain protections for consumers that send money overseas via international money transfers. The rule was first proposed on December 31, 2012 and will take effect on October 28, 2013. Under the … Continue reading

CFPB Eases Credit Card Qualifications for Stay-at-Home Spouses

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has adjusted one provision from the CARD Act in order to make it easier for spouses or partners who do not work outside the home to qualify for credit cards. It now allows credit card issuers to consider income … Continue reading

CFPB Director Banned From Testifying Before House Panel

Richard Cordray is scheduled to testify before the Senate Banking Committee today, but the Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee refuses to let him testify before the House panel because he hasn't been approved by the Senate. Representative Jeb … Continue reading

CFPB Warns Lenders About Discriminatory Auto Loans

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is turning its attention to auto lenders. The CFPB says some lenders may be giving auto loans through auto dealerships that charge minorities above-market interest rates. It says the potentially discriminatory markups in auto lending … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–March 22, 2013

Lawmakers Target Unfair Overdraft Charges Democrats have introduced a bill that would limit the cost of overdraft fees and prohibit practices that increase the likelihood customers will overdraw their accounts. The Overdraft Protection Act would prohibit financial institutions from charging more … Continue reading

Senate Committee Approves Cordray to Head CFPB

The nomination of Richard Cordray to again head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was approved by the U.S. Senate Banking Committee by a 12-10 vote that was split down party lines. Every Democrat on the Committee approved Cordray, every Republican … Continue reading

Student Loan Servicers May Be Regulated by CFPB

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has proposed a new rule that would allow it to supervise some nonbank student loan servicers and bring new regulation to a quickly expanding market. The new rule would let the CFPB access the whole process … Continue reading

Vote on CFPB Director Set for Tuesday

After this week's confirmation hearings, Republican senators continue to block the nomination of Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. However, a Senate panel has scheduled a meeting for March 19 to vote on Cordray, as well as … Continue reading

Senate Confirmation Hearing Set for CFPB Director

Richard Cordray, the current director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, will face the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday, March 12, on his re-nomination to head the agency. Cordray was nominated by President Obama in January but his confirmation has … Continue reading

Chamber of Commerce Again Calls for Improvements in CFPB

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has received a second letter from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, calling on the agency to make some significant changes in its operation. David Hirschmann, the senior vice president of the Chamber, sent a letter … Continue reading

Battle on Cordray’s Nomination Continues Along Party Lines

The re-nomination of Richard Cordray as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau remains a political hot button. Cordray can be confirmed by majority vote in the Senate, but a minority of 40 Senators can block an agreement to hold … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–February 15, 2013

N.J. Calls Off Credit Card Pitches to Students at Public Colleges Companies that issue credit cards can no longer market them to students at New Jersey public colleges under a law Gov. Christie signed Thursday. The new law prohibits public … Continue reading