Leasing – BCN Stay http://bcn-stay.com/ Fri, 30 Sep 2022 22:05:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://bcn-stay.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2-150x150.png Leasing – BCN Stay http://bcn-stay.com/ 32 32 Biden’s war on ‘junk fees’ won’t help struggling Americans https://bcn-stay.com/bidens-war-on-junk-fees-wont-help-struggling-americans/ Fri, 30 Sep 2022 22:05:19 +0000 https://bcn-stay.com/bidens-war-on-junk-fees-wont-help-struggling-americans/ WILMINGTON, DELAWARE – AUGUST 20: Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden delivers his acceptance … [+] speech during the fourth night of the Democratic National Convention from the Chase Center on August 20, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. The convention, which was once expected to draw 50,000 people to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is now happening virtually due to […]]]>

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A White House press release titled Minutes of the third meeting of the White House Competition Council reported that:

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has taken action to address the nearly $30 billion in ‘junk fees’ — such as late fees, overdraft fees, NSF check fees — that Americans pay every year. Spurred by CFPB actions, three-quarters of the nation’s 20 largest banks are getting rid of NSF check fees. The overall level of overdraft fees is expected to fall by $3 billion in 2022, compared to pre-pandemic levels. »

A new study from Cornerstone Advisors, commissioned by Velocity Solutions, titled Beyond overdraft: helping consumers manage their cash suggests that it might not be good news for Americans – not what they expect from the banks they do business with.

The fallacy of hidden fees

Politicians (and other critics of the banking industry) love to criticize banks for the so-called “hidden fees” they charge their customers.

Americans have a different perspective.

Eight in 10 Americans, including two-thirds of Gen Zers, eight in 10 Millennials and Xers, and nearly nine in 10 Boomers, told Cornerstone that their top checking account providers properly disclose their fees.

This conclusion is ignored by the press and ignored by the CFPB, which has worked for years to impose additional disclosure requirements on banks, assuming that banks must withhold information. The survey data does not support this thought.

Many Americans Think Bank Fees Are Fair

And despite all the press and attention to checking account fees, three-quarters of Americans think their main checking account provider’s fees are fair, ranging from six out of 10 Gen Zers to eight out of 10 Baby Boomers.

Only 27% of consumers believe that NSF (insufficient funds) fees – which are charged when the bank does not pay for an item for the customer – and overdraft fees, which are paid when the bank Is pay for an item for the customer, are not fair.

This does not mean, however, that others think they are righteous. Four in 10 Americans believe the NSF check and overdraft fees charged by their banks are fair, but a third say they don’t know or are unsure.

Listening to the White House, however, one would think that all Americans are railing against these charges. which are somehow hidden.

Attacking “junk fees” doesn’t solve the real problem

Reducing, if not eliminating, overdraft fees and NSF fees won’t solve the real problem Americans face: liquidity.

In 2021, 70% of Gen Zers and two-thirds of Millennials spent more money than they had in their checking accounts at least once, and a quarter of both generations did so three or more times .

There are many reasons for this, including large unforeseen expenses, unexpected shortfalls, overspending, and unemployment.

What are the Americans doing in the face of this liquidity problem? They turn to a wide variety of tactics, including borrowing from friends and family, incurring late fees by not paying their bills, taking out payday loans, applying for short-term loans, and even selling their belongings in pawnbrokers.

The real culprit and the wrong answer

It’s not “junk fees” that are hurting Americans the most, it’s inflation, interest rates and a weak economy.

The recent change in the overdraft policies of many financial institutions is good news for consumers, and actually good news for financial institutions, from a regulatory and public relations perspective, that is.

From a revenue perspective, it’s a different story, as many institutions face millions of dollars in lost fee revenue. According to Steven Simpson, Principal at Cornerstone Advisors:

“Waiving overdraft fees may seem like a big win for consumers. The problem is not so simple, however, as the consumer banking model that offers convenient branches, contact center, digital banking, debit cards, fraud protection limits, cybersecurity and access to larger amounts of cash needs income to sustain itself.

However, increasing the monthly account fee is not a feasible reaction, as it will likely result in the loss of customers. Nearly seven in 10 customers said they would close their account and find another bank if their bank increased the monthly account fee by $15.

Americans need better cash management

To solve this problem and recoup the millions lost in fees, banks and credit unions need to transform their overdraft programs into cash management programs. These programs should:

  • Be proactive and personalized. A “managed” program assigns overdraft limits based on various account holder data points, including specific deposit and overdraft activity. Institutions should establish a risk profile for each account and assign individualized overdraft limits based on the account holder’s ability to repay the overdraft.
  • Be quick. Consumers appreciate the speed of immediate availability using overdraft, with many saying they would want the overdraft option if they needed funds to make a $500 purchase (44%, vs. 17%, 22% and 15% for 4-hour quick access loans, 24-hour regular loans or 5-day loans for line of credit applications, respectively).
  • Establish a “de minimis exception”. A de minimis exception is a minimum overdraft amount below which the institution will not charge a fee. Banks can provide this exception per item or per day. This policy is a consumer-friendly practice to avoid the headline “$30 for a $3 cup of coffee” scenario.
  • Use tools to limit overdraft fees for low-income consumers. Charging $400 to a consumer who has $2,000 a month in deposits is not in the best interest of the consumer or the financial institution. Software is available that can reduce the use of the overdraft service (and associated fees) when the fees exceed a given percentage of the consumer’s deposits.
  • Offer a variety of credit alternatives. Banks have struggled to replace lost buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) exchanges, but the biggest problem could be the erosion of the relationship with the consumer due to other providers offering credit to the point where the consumer needs it. Banks’ liquidity management programs should offer a range of credit alternatives, including BNPL and referrals to providers who can offer small, short-term loans.
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BBB warns consumers about payday loans and fraud in new study https://bcn-stay.com/bbb-warns-consumers-about-payday-loans-and-fraud-in-new-study/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 00:47:24 +0000 https://bcn-stay.com/bbb-warns-consumers-about-payday-loans-and-fraud-in-new-study/ RALEIGH, NC (September 28, 2022) – As consumers lost their jobs and struggled to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic, many have turned to payday loans and other solutions to short term, with an increase in online solutions. The Better Business Bureau of Eastern North Carolina (BBB) ​​would like to warn you that this […]]]>

RALEIGH, NC (September 28, 2022) – As consumers lost their jobs and struggled to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic, many have turned to payday loans and other solutions to short term, with an increase in online solutions.

The Better Business Bureau of Eastern North Carolina (BBB) ​​would like to warn you that this has not only allowed predatory lenders to thrive – many borrowers still face exorbitant interest rates and opaque fees – but has also created a fertile environment for scammers, according to a new in-depth investigative study by BBB.

Payday loan laws are managed from state to state among the 32 states in which they are available, and a complex web of regulations makes the impact of the industry in the United States and Canada difficult to understand. follow. The BBB study, however, finds a common thread in the triple-digit interest rates that many of these loans carry – camouflaged by interest compounded weekly or monthly, rather than annually, as well as significant rollover fees.

From 2019 to July 2022, BBB received nearly 3,000 customer complaints about payday loan companies, with a disputed dollar amount of nearly $3 million. In addition, more than 117,000 complaints have been filed against debt collection companies at BBB. Complainants often said they felt ill-informed about the terms of their loans. Many fall into what consumer advocates call a “debt trap” of racking up interest and fees that can force customers to pay double the amount originally borrowed. A St. Louis, Missouri woman recently told BBB that over the course of her $300 loan, she paid over $1,200 and still owed an additional $1,500.

The scammers haven’t missed an opportunity to take advantage of consumers either, with BBB Scam Tracker receiving over 7,000 reports of loan and debt collection scams representing around $4.1 million in losses.

Posing as payday loan companies and debt collectors, scammers use stolen information to trick consumers into handing over banking information and cash. In one case, BBB discovered that hackers had stolen and released detailed personal and financial data for more than 200,000 consumers. News reports indicate that this is not an isolated incident.

This month, a Durham resident said he was contacted by a scammer who claimed to have been approved for a $4,000 loan. The scammer told the victim that he would receive deposits in increments and return them immediately to “increase” his credit rating in order to later receive the loan. Instead, the victim lost $451 along with his banking information. Earlier this year, another North Carolina victim said she lost $15,000 to a scammer.

Regulators at the federal level have passed tougher laws to combat predatory lending, but those regulations have been rolled back in recent years, leaving states to set their own rules on interest rate caps and other aspects of lending. on salary. More than a dozen states introduced legislation last year to regulate payday loans, but the landscape of legally operating payday lenders remains inconsistent across states.

Currently, payday loans are not allowed in 18 states, according to Pew Charitable Trust. In addition, the Military Loans Act sets a rate of 36% on certain payday loans. When it comes to fraudulent behavior, law enforcement is limited in what they can do to prosecute payday loan scams. Some legal payday lenders have attempted to prevent scams by educating consumers about the ways in which they will or will not contact borrowers.

The BBB study advises consumers to thoroughly research all of their borrowing options — as well as the terms of a payday loan — before signing anything for a short-term loan.

The study also includes recommendations for regulators:

  • Cap consumer loans at 36%
  • Educate more people about no-cost extended repayment plans
  • Require lenders to test whether consumers can repay their loans
  • Require Zelle, Venmo, and other payment services to offer refunds for fraud

Where to report a payday loan scam or file a complaint:

For more reliable information, visit BBB.org.

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Predatory payday loan companies and fraudsters thrive amid uneven laws and stolen data, new BBB research finds https://bcn-stay.com/predatory-payday-loan-companies-and-fraudsters-thrive-amid-uneven-laws-and-stolen-data-new-bbb-research-finds/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 13:52:30 +0000 https://bcn-stay.com/predatory-payday-loan-companies-and-fraudsters-thrive-amid-uneven-laws-and-stolen-data-new-bbb-research-finds/ As consumers lost their jobs and struggled to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic, many have turned to payday loans and other short-term solutions, with an increase in solutions in line. This has not only allowed predatory lenders to thrive – many borrowers still face exorbitant interest rates and opaque fees – but has […]]]>

As consumers lost their jobs and struggled to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic, many have turned to payday loans and other short-term solutions, with an increase in solutions in line. This has not only allowed predatory lenders to thrive – many borrowers still face exorbitant interest rates and opaque fees – but has also created a fertile environment for scam artists, according to a new in-depth study from the Better Business Bureau. (BBB).

Payday loan laws are managed from state to state among the 32 states in which they are available, and a complex web of regulations makes the impact of the industry in the United States and Canada difficult to understand. follow. The BBB study, however, finds a common thread in the triple-digit interest rates that many of these loans carry – camouflaged by interest compounded weekly or monthly, rather than annually, as well as significant rollover fees.

From 2019 to July 2022, BBB received nearly 3,000 customer complaints about payday loan companies, with a disputed dollar amount of nearly $3 million. In addition, over 117,000 complaints have been filed against debt collection companies at BBB. Complainants often said they felt ill-informed about the terms of their loans. Many fall into what consumer advocates call a “debt trap” of racking up interest and fees that can force customers to pay double the amount originally borrowed.

The scammers haven’t missed an opportunity to take advantage of consumers either, with BBB Scam Tracker receiving over 7,000 reports of loan and debt collection scams representing around $4.1 million in losses.

Posing as payday loan companies and debt collectors, scammers use stolen information to trick consumers into handing over banking information and cash. In one case, BBB discovered that hackers had stolen and released detailed personal and financial data for more than 200,000 consumers. News reports indicate that this is not an isolated incident.

Regulators at the federal level have passed tougher laws to combat predatory lending, but those regulations have been rolled back in recent years, leaving states to set their own rules on interest rate caps and other aspects of lending. on salary. More than a dozen states introduced legislation last year to regulate payday loans, but the landscape of legally operating payday lenders remains inconsistent across states.

Currently, payday loans are not allowed in 18 states, according to Pew Charitable Trust. In addition, the Military Loans Act sets a rate of 36% on certain payday loans. When it comes to fraudulent behavior, law enforcement is limited in what they can do to prosecute payday loan scams. Some legal payday lenders have attempted to prevent scams by educating consumers about the ways in which they will or will not contact borrowers.

The BBB study advises consumers to thoroughly research all of their borrowing options — as well as the terms of a payday loan — before signing anything for a short-term loan. The study also includes recommendations for regulators:

  • Cap consumer loans at 36%
  • Educate more people about no-cost extended repayment plans
  • Require lenders to test whether consumers can repay their loans
  • Require Zelle, Venmo, and other payment services to offer refunds for fraud

Where to report a payday loan scam or file a complaint:

  • BBB.org/ScamTracker
  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – ReportFraud.ftc.gov
  • State attorneys general can often help. Find your state attorney general’s website to see if you can file online.
  • If you have an overdue payment on a payday loan, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau may have resources to help you establish a payment plan.

Find more information about this study and other BBB scam studies at BBB.org/scamstudies.

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Existing home sales in the United States fall for the seventh consecutive month in August and the Fed is about to inflict “a little pain” with a 75 basis point rate hike – here’s how to prepare your portfolio and your wallet https://bcn-stay.com/existing-home-sales-in-the-united-states-fall-for-the-seventh-consecutive-month-in-august-and-the-fed-is-about-to-inflict-a-little-pain-with-a-75-basis-point-rate-hike-heres-how-to-prepare-your-p/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 21:50:00 +0000 https://bcn-stay.com/existing-home-sales-in-the-united-states-fall-for-the-seventh-consecutive-month-in-august-and-the-fed-is-about-to-inflict-a-little-pain-with-a-75-basis-point-rate-hike-heres-how-to-prepare-your-p/ By Emma Ockerman Wednesday’s best personal finance stories Hi, MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories. Brace yourself: the Fed is about to inflict “some pain” with a 75 basis point rate hike. Here’s how to prepare your wallet and wallet. This is the Federal Reserve’s third 75 basis point rate hike this year. Read more […]]]>

By Emma Ockerman

Wednesday’s best personal finance stories

Hi, MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories.

Brace yourself: the Fed is about to inflict “some pain” with a 75 basis point rate hike. Here’s how to prepare your wallet and wallet.

This is the Federal Reserve’s third 75 basis point rate hike this year. Read more

Existing home sales in the United States fall for the seventh consecutive month in August

Sales of existing homes fell 0.4% to 4.8 million in August, the National Association of Realtors said. Read more

Halfway through trial period, companies say they are happy with four-day working week, survey finds

Halfway through a six-month trial in the UK, companies that let their employees work four days a week say they are happy with the results. Read more

Mortgage applications rise for first time in six weeks, despite rates hitting 6.25%, signaling ‘volatility’ in property market

The average rate for a 30-year mortgage is 6.25%. Still, refinances and purchases have increased over the past week, the Mortgage Bankers Association said. Read more

How do cash advance apps work and are they better than payday loans?

Neither is an ideal first choice for borrowing money quickly, but knowing their differences can help you save money and avoid hurting your finances. Read more

Thinking of an EV? Here’s your guide to buying an electric car.

How do I buy an EV? What about maintenance, incentives and cargo space? Here’s what to look for when buying an electric car. Read more

Three common travel disasters and what to do about them

Here are three common issues with airlines, the types of travel insurance you need to cover expenses, and how you could get free travel insurance.

“She never explained anything”: I am an elderly person and I lost $100,000 on the stock market this year. Can I sue my financial advisor?

“I informed my financial adviser that I was going to retire months before all of this happened.” Read more

-Emma Ockerman

 

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How Employers Can Embrace FinTech for Financial Well-Being https://bcn-stay.com/how-employers-can-embrace-fintech-for-financial-well-being/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 12:18:30 +0000 https://bcn-stay.com/how-employers-can-embrace-fintech-for-financial-well-being/ By Aries PalaniappanFounder and CEO, Earnin Almost two-thirds of the American population lives from salary to salary, even among those earning six figures. These employees often rely on payday loans, cash advances, credit cards, and overdraft extensions to make ends meet while waiting for the rigid two- or four-week payday. This pay cycle is obsolete. […]]]>

By Aries PalaniappanFounder and CEO, Earnin

Almost two-thirds of the American population lives from salary to salary, even among those earning six figures. These employees often rely on payday loans, cash advances, credit cards, and overdraft extensions to make ends meet while waiting for the rigid two- or four-week payday. This pay cycle is obsolete. It was created during the industrial revolution. Before this period, people were paid every day. During the industrial revolution, industrialists were more powerful than workers and decided to switch to a batch payment system because it was more efficient for them. The workers had no choice. If the job was more powerful, they would have been paid 2 weeks before going to work. To put this in today’s context, imagine Google telling you that your search results will be shared with you in two weeks, or waiting two weeks to watch your favorite Netflix movie?

Today, the financial burden on individuals and households continues to worsen with inflation and stagnating wages. To keep up and stay competitive in a tight job market, companies need to take a closer look at the most valuable employee benefits today. Employees need to feel empowered, and one way to do that is to give them access to their earnings as they are earned, removing the cash flow timing barriers from standard payment cycles. .

Employee satisfaction has a direct impact on a company’s bottom line and helps establish a positive corporate culture. In 2019, John Hancock estimated that the cost of financial stress per employee per year was $1,918 in lost productivity and absenteeism. That number is now at $2,412. This has a direct impact on business, as financially stressed employees are 77% more likely to leave for another employer and spend 2-5 hours a week managing their personal finances at work, which also has an impact on the productivity. When employers provide a solid foundation and the right resources to improve financial health, employees can focus on pursuing larger goals and objectives that improve their organization.

As employers seek to adopt solutions that support employees and their holistic well-being, those who address the challenges associated with the speed of money will increase employee satisfaction, motivation and productivity, and experience better retention. and better recruitment.

Living Paycheck to Paycheck: It’s More Than You Expected

An unexpected financial challenge, like a flat tire or a health emergency, can make cash flow especially tight. That’s why financial wellness solutions are vital for those who live paycheck to paycheck. People get paid every two to four weeks, but bills, subscriptions and emergencies don’t wait for payday. This reality means that when workers do not have access to income, they are forced to turn to payday loans or pay high bank charges, such as overdrafts and insufficient funds. In addition to expenses, people may have to miss more work because they can’t afford child care that week or car repairs. The cycle continues.

This financial stress can weigh on them and directly impact their work. Employee financial stress is costing employers $4.7 billion per week in lost productivity. Financial wellness should be a top priority for businesses, especially those recruiting and retaining large populations of hourly workers who may need additional support and resources to achieve their financial goals when their access to pay is limited to the two-week window.

A report from JD Power explored how inflation caused stress among Americans and therefore led them to seek increased frequency of payment. The report found that 51% of workers would consider changing jobs simply for more frequent payments, including 76% of hotel and restaurant workers. Living paycheck to paycheck comes with unique challenges that can be overcome if employees have access to compensation as it is earned.

The role of FinTech solutions for financial well-being

Fintech solutions that address Earned Wage Access (EWA) free workers from rigid payment cycles, allowing workers to access their money as they earn it. EWA allows workers to access and save the money they have earned without mandatory fees or recourse. More companies are choosing EWA solutions because they improve benefits and increase retention, especially in the age of the great resignation.

During the pandemic, a industry study discovered the impact early access to pay has had on people, finding that 92% of employees felt the services had helped them achieve at least one of their financial goals in 2020. Additionally, 88% of respondents believed that having access to salaries as they earned them during the pandemic was essential to their financial well-being.

Employees want to know that their overall well-being, including their financial well-being, is a priority for their employers. This is especially true since few other aspects of life happen every two weeks. The world no longer works in this cycle because demand and streaming are now the norm.

The path to financial empowerment

Employers have found that access to financial support can lead to significant improvement in employee retention. Additionally, employees facing less financial stress are more productive and able to have a positive impact on employers, individuals and the economy in general.

To help address this issue, companies should determine and offer competitive salaries based on market changes in the cost of living due to COVID-19. Next, it is essential that the fintech solutions offered by employers are affordable, easy to access and offer employees more choices adapted to their needs. This can be extremely helpful in supporting those who need it most. The offer of EWA can be beneficial for both the employee and the employer, as the employee is paid right after work and the employer guarantees job satisfaction, which improves productivity.

In addition to extending financial support, HR managers should offer financial resources related to budgeting and savings. To manage the pay gap, employees need access to tools that create personalized financial plans and manage expenses, savings and more. Technological tools to track income and expenses will also be helpful in improving an individual’s financial health.

As more companies struggle to hire and retain employees in a competitive job market, new benefits offerings are a way for companies to stand out from competition. Offers that allow employees to control their finances while meeting their unique financial needs can be beneficial in achieving their goals.

About the Author
Ram Palaniappan is the founder and CEO of To win. He is a critically acclaimed fintech entrepreneur whose mission is to create products that make money work better for everyone. Earnin aims to free people from the traditional payment cycle and give them control of their money, from the moment they earn it.

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Michigan spent $2.5 million to be a rocket hub. Critics say it only produced hype https://bcn-stay.com/michigan-spent-2-5-million-to-be-a-rocket-hub-critics-say-it-only-produced-hype/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 20:45:55 +0000 https://bcn-stay.com/michigan-spent-2-5-million-to-be-a-rocket-hub-critics-say-it-only-produced-hype/ “It’s truly remarkable that someone is considering putting a heavy industrial facility [like a launch pad] on the coastline of the largest body of fresh water in the world,” said Dennis Ferraro, who lives about 3 miles from the selected site and leads the opposition group Citizens for a Safe & Clean Lake Superior. “It’s […]]]>

“It’s truly remarkable that someone is considering putting a heavy industrial facility [like a launch pad] on the coastline of the largest body of fresh water in the world,” said Dennis Ferraro, who lives about 3 miles from the selected site and leads the opposition group Citizens for a Safe & Clean Lake Superior.

“It’s just a horrible idea. Ecologically, it is a disaster.

In Chippewa County, officials were thrilled after the Michigan Launch Initiative selected the base as its command site in January 2021. However, Brown’s group has yet to file the necessary permits with the Federal Aviation Administration to the project.

“I think everyone turned around, like we did, and said, ‘What have we won?

“There is no structure there. There is no money for that.

At Oscoda, airport officials are restless and awaiting answers after Brown’s group suggested the former Air Force base as a site in 2020.

Airport board member Kevin Boyat said he still remains hopeful, but officials can’t get answers from Brown.

The board sent a letter months ago, he said, giving Brown 45 days to respond. He heard nothing back, Boyat said.

“It’s like ordering a new car and waiting six years [for it],” he said. “When you ordered it, you were excited.”

“It took so long and we can’t get any information from Gavin,” Boyat said.

Brown said he has complied with all state requests for information and remains confident about the state’s space outlook. He also played down environmental concerns, saying any vertical launch at Marquette would use “green energy,” some of which has yet to be developed.

But he also said no final decision has been made on when to apply for a spaceport license from the Federal Aviation Administration. This will come after a final decision as to whether it makes economic sense to proceed.

“It will start when it makes sense to start,” said Brown, who is also executive director of the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association, which is an integral part of the space project.

Like all non-profit organizations, it is required to make tax returns public, upon request. A Bridge search of publicly available records shows that only his 2010, 2011 and 2019 are currently available.

Bridge asked Brown and his accountant for copies of other tax returns on several occasions. Brown said he would provide them, including again in a midday email on Wednesday, September 14. At the time of publication, they were not provided by the publication.

Existing tax records show that 88% of his total revenue of $1.5 million in 2019 came from state grants.

“There was something wrong”

The turmoil comes amid what is otherwise an exciting time for space exploration.

With NASA poised to return to the moon and the space industry approaching $500 billion last year, Michigan is entering the race to become a hub for low Earth orbit launches.

It has an inherent advantage due to its location, more than halfway up the North Pole from the equator, which allows launches into “polar” orbits coveted by some commercial satellite companies.

Lawmakers funded the space effort through the belated approval of a budget that provided money for former Gov. Snyder’s pet projects in the final days of his administration.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer initially refused to honor funding for the space effort, citing a lack of details.

But after lawmakers agreed to the changes, his administration funded the project, and the quasi-government Michigan Economic Development Corp. oversaw the grant to “assess the feasibility of a low orbit launch site in Michigan”.

The Michigan Launch Initiative was scheduled to complete work in January 2021 but received two extensions. At the same time, its grant increased from $2 million to nearly $2.5 million.

The grant surprised Kirk Profit, a former lawmaker turned lobbyist.

He said the funds were raised shortly after Brown requested a $2 million investment from Kalitta Air to fly rockets into the stratosphere in its cargo planes at Willow Run and Oscoda airports.

Profit was Kalitta Air’s lobbyist at the time and said he and the company could find little on Brown’s background.

“We checked it. We finally shelved it,” Profit said recently. “There was something wrong.”

Conflicting studies

Michigan is forging ahead, though some critics say the state is lagging far behind others in the race to build infrastructure for the booming space industry.

One of the primary sources of criticism from critics is a report commissioned by Brown’s group.

The IQM Research Institute article noted that since Brown floated the idea of ​​the Michigan launches, the economics of the commercial space industry have changed dramatically.

The report, written by former Air Force Brigadier General Michael Dudzik, who commanded all of the branch’s space forces, said the cost of placing satellites in space was dropping dramatically from $7,000 a pound to less than $1,000. And a few big players – including Elon Musk’s SpaceX – dominated the market.

More than a dozen spaceports in 10 states have received FAA licenses in recent years, and most have not staged a single launch.

In its 2021 report, IQM reported that there had been just 16 polar-orbiting launches — like the ones Michigan could host — at three U.S. spaceports in the previous three years.

In fact, with other locations dominating the market, IQM’s report concluded that so few new businesses would surround the launch sites that even if there was one launch per week, “annual revenue generated… would have the same revenue impact in the state equal to the annual revenue of two additional fast food chains.

“He was just selling the concept, but he was separated from the fundamental facts,” Dudzik told Bridge.

Brown criticized the finding during an interview with Bridge, saying it unfairly characterized the value of the food and beverage industry.

Dudzik’s report went “beyond the scope” of what it was asked to investigate, he added.

“No business case has been made,” he said.

Brown’s nonprofit’s website, however, includes a study that explores the “commercial dosage” for launches.

The four-page study from August 2021 concludes that the sites could attract 30 aerospace companies and deliver $13.2 billion in economic impact over the next 10 years, a “potential return of 40 times the investment in terms of economic impact for the State of Michigan”.

The reasons for optimism

Even with the turmoil, many remain optimistic that Michigan could capitalize on the space industry.

The IQM report concluded that Michigan could still benefit without committing tens or hundreds of millions of dollars to launch facilities, as has happened in other states, including New Mexico, Colorado and Georgia.

Michigan has great advantages, with or without launch sites, said Greg Autry, director of the Thunderbird Initiative for Space Leadership, Policy and Business at Arizona State University.

He said Michigan’s manufacturing heritage makes it uniquely positioned to build rockets and their components. But focusing on launch sites before identifying a rocket builder is “kind of putting the chicken before the egg,” he added.

Michigan’s space efforts are “half-hearted,” Autry said, because they lack vigorous collaboration between government and the private sector.

The Colorado Space Coalition includes state government leaders as well as representatives from academia and the private sector. Although its launch site was not used, the coalition is actively working to develop the state’s aerospace industry.

If Michigan adopted Colorado’s model and got everyone around the table, “you’d move Colorado in the blink of an eye,” Autry said.

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Pay-as-you-go helps American workers pay their bills more easily, save money and avoid the cycle of debt, according to new research from the Mercator Advisory Group https://bcn-stay.com/pay-as-you-go-helps-american-workers-pay-their-bills-more-easily-save-money-and-avoid-the-cycle-of-debt-according-to-new-research-from-the-mercator-advisory-group/ Thu, 08 Sep 2022 15:03:00 +0000 https://bcn-stay.com/pay-as-you-go-helps-american-workers-pay-their-bills-more-easily-save-money-and-avoid-the-cycle-of-debt-according-to-new-research-from-the-mercator-advisory-group/ The financial wellness advantage can be critical, especially in times of high inflation, high gas prices and financial hardship. Nearly eight in 10 respondents say DailyPay helps them avoid expensive or predatory alternatives NEW YORK, September 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Amid continued inflation and the high cost of everyday items, millions of American workers are […]]]>

The financial wellness advantage can be critical, especially in times of high inflation, high gas prices and financial hardship.

Nearly eight in 10 respondents say DailyPay helps them avoid expensive or predatory alternatives

NEW YORK, September 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Amid continued inflation and the high cost of everyday items, millions of American workers are using essential financial benefits offered by their employers to pay their bills. A new report from Mercator Advisory Group (commissioned by DailyPay) reveals that nearly eight in 10 survey respondents (77%) said DailyPay’s on-demand payment benefit helps them save money by avoiding other more expensive alternatives to manage expenses.

Some studies showing up to 77% of Americans carrying some form of debt, inflation can be financially crippling. For many of the approx. 58% of Americans, living paycheck to paycheck, according to a recent report by LendingClub, help from their employers is needed to survive these seemingly insurmountable financial challenges. Pay-as-you-go benefits can help employees better manage their cash flow and avoid a cycle of debt. More than 90% of respondents to the Mercator study reported an improvement or elimination of the use of traditional financial alternatives such as overdraft fees, payday loans and late fees.

“On-demand compensation solutions have highlighted the benefits these flexible compensation options offer workers to avoid costly forms of financing and help make ends meet,” said Sarah Cave, Director of Debit Advisory Services, Mercator Advisory Group. “With this study, we can now quantify the level of savings that workers achieve by decreasing or completely avoiding the use of payday loans, overdraft fees and biller late fees.”

The ability to access earned compensation can be the difference between making a payment on time or incurring high fees. More than half (53%) of respondents to the Mercator study indicated that using pay-as-you-go helped them avoid late fees to billers.

The price of groceries increased by 12.2% in the last year. Unsurprisingly, 78% of respondents in the Mercator survey say grocery bills are the area in which they have used pay-on-demand support the most, followed by utilities (64%), and transportation and automobile insurance (54%).

“This study confirms that pay-as-you-go can be an effective solution to the overdraft and predatory debt crisis,” said Matthew Koko, Vice President, Public Policy, DailyPay. “With access to on-demand compensation, workers report a significantly increased ability to take control of their financial future,

For more information on Mercator’s report, including survey methodology, click here.

About Daily Pay

DailyPay, powered by its cutting-edge technology platform, is on a mission to create a new financial system for everyone. DailyPay offers the industry-leading on-demand payment solution with modern, insight-driven compensation strategies that help leading U.S. employers activate their workforces and build stronger relationships with their employees so that they feel more engaged, work harder and stay longer. With its extensive data network, proprietary funding model and connections to over 6,000 banking system endpoints, DailyPay ensures money is always in the right place at the right time for employers. DailyPay is headquartered in New York Citywith operations based in Minneapolis. For more information, visit www.dailypay.com/press.

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BBB study finds payday loan companies thrive amid uneven laws and stolen data – InsuranceNewsNet https://bcn-stay.com/bbb-study-finds-payday-loan-companies-thrive-amid-uneven-laws-and-stolen-data-insurancenewsnet/ Tue, 06 Sep 2022 11:43:11 +0000 https://bcn-stay.com/bbb-study-finds-payday-loan-companies-thrive-amid-uneven-laws-and-stolen-data-insurancenewsnet/ As consumers have lost their jobs and struggled to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic, many have turned to payday loans and other short-term solutions, with an increase in solutions in line. This has not only allowed predatory lenders to thrive – many borrowers still face exorbitant interest rates and opaque fees – but […]]]>
As consumers have lost their jobs and struggled to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic, many have turned to payday loans and other short-term solutions, with an increase in solutions in line. This has not only allowed predatory lenders to thrive – many borrowers still face exorbitant interest rates and opaque fees – but has also created a fertile environment for scam artists, according to a new in-depth study from the Better Business Bureau. (BBB).

Payday loan laws are managed from state to state among the 32 states in which they are available, and a complex web of regulations makes the impact of the industry in the United States and Canada difficult to understand. follow. The BBB study, however, finds a common thread in the triple-digit interest rates that many of these loans carry – camouflaged by interest compounded weekly or monthly, rather than annually, as well as significant rollover fees.

From 2019 to July 2022, BBB received nearly 3,000 customer complaints about payday loan companies, with a disputed dollar amount of nearly $3 million. In addition, over 117,000 complaints have been filed against debt collection companies at BBB. Complainants often said they felt ill-informed about the terms of their loans. Many fall into what consumer advocates call a “debt trap” of racking up interest and fees that can force customers to pay double the amount originally borrowed. A St. Louis, Missouri woman recently told BBB that over the course of her $300 loan, she paid over $1,200 and still owed an additional $1,500.

The scammers haven’t missed an opportunity to take advantage of consumers either, with BBB Scam Tracker receiving over 7,000 reports of loan and debt collection scams representing around $4.1 million in losses. Posing as payday loan companies and debt collectors, scammers use stolen information to trick consumers into handing over banking information and cash. In one case, BBB discovered that hackers had stolen and released detailed personal and financial data for more than 200,000 consumers. Reports say this is not an isolated incident

According to a report by BBB Scam Tracker, an Alabama man went online to apply for a loan. He got all kinds of responses, saying they even took people with bad credit. Eventually, he settled on one for $5,000, but was told he had to pay $100 in gift cards first. This happened a series of times where they told him that other reasons (credit increases, etc.) were needed to approve the loan. In the end, he said he lost $8,300.

Regulators at the federal level have passed tougher laws to combat predatory lending, but those regulations have been rolled back in recent years, leaving states to set their own rules on interest rate caps and other aspects of lending. on salary. More than a dozen states introduced legislation last year to regulate payday loans, but the landscape of legally operating payday lenders remains inconsistent across states.

Currently, payday loans are not allowed in 18 states, according to Pew Chartiable Trust. In addition, the Military Loans Act sets a rate of 36% on certain payday loans. When it comes to fraudulent behavior, law enforcement is limited in what they can do to prosecute payday loan scams. Some legal payday lenders have attempted to prevent scams by educating consumers about the ways in which they will or will not contact borrowers.

The BBB study advises consumers to thoroughly research all of their borrowing options — as well as the terms of a payday loan — before signing anything for a short-term loan. The study also includes recommendations for regulators:

Cap consumer loans at 36%

Educate more people about no-cost extended repayment plans

Require lenders to test whether consumers can repay their loans

Require Zelle, Venmo, and other payment services to offer refunds for fraud

Where to report a payday loan scam or file a complaint:

● BBB.org/ScamTracker

● Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – ReportFraud.ftc.gov

● State attorneys general can often help. Find your state attorney general’s website to see if you can file online.

● If you have an overdue payment on a payday loan, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau may have resources to help you set up a payment plan.

Source: BBB.org

Find more information about this study and other BBB scam studies at BBB.org/scamstudies. To report a scam, go to the BBB Scam Tracker. To find reputable companies, go to https://www.bbb.org.

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Top 5 Best Payday Loans No Credit Check Guaranteed Same Day Approval 2022 https://bcn-stay.com/top-5-best-payday-loans-no-credit-check-guaranteed-same-day-approval-2022/ Sat, 03 Sep 2022 10:44:36 +0000 https://bcn-stay.com/top-5-best-payday-loans-no-credit-check-guaranteed-same-day-approval-2022/ For Americans with less than stellar credit ratings, finding a loan online in the midst of a financial setback can seem impossible. You can find a seemingly “easy” solution by researching payday loans without credit checks online. These loans are the unicorn of the financial world; everyone has heard of them, but they don’t really […]]]>

For Americans with less than stellar credit ratings, finding a loan online in the midst of a financial setback can seem impossible. You can find a seemingly “easy” solution by researching payday loans without credit checks online. These loans are the unicorn of the financial world; everyone has heard of them, but they don’t really exist.

We investigated several alternatives to payday loans without an online credit check – our findings are below!

Payday Loans No Credit Check Online – Quick Overview

  1. Viva Payday Loans – Best Overall for Payday Loans No Credit Check Online Alternative
  2. Low credit financing – Ideal for small online payday loans No credit check alternative for borrowers with bad credit
  3. Big Buck Loans – Best For Online Payday Loans No Credit Check Instant Approval Alternative For Unemployed
  4. Heart Paydays – Ideal for same day online payday loan alternatives with no credit check
  5. Green dollar loans – Ideal for alternatives to online payday loans Instant approval without credit check

Best Loans No Credit Check Guaranteed Approval 2022

  • Viva Payday Loans – Best Overall for Payday Loans Online Alternatives No Credit Check

Viva Payday Loans claims the top spot in our editor’s pick for online payday loans with no credit check alternatives. Their application process for online alternatives for payday loans no credit check is quick and easy. It is also impressive that the platform offers loans ranging from $100 to $5,000 with 3 to 24 months of repayment. Interest, which can be a real pet peeve for borrowers, starts at 5.99% at Viva Payday Loans.

Eligibility Criteria for Payday Loan Alternatives No Online Credit Checks

  • Earn $1000 per month
  • Take an affordability assessment
  • 18 years + to apply

Benefits of Online Payday Loan Alternatives No Credit Check

  • Low FICO borrowers welcome
  • 100% online application
  • Flexible loan amounts

Disadvantages of Online Payday Loan Alternatives No Credit Check

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  • Low Credit Financing – Best for Small Online Payday Loans No Credit Check Alternative for Borrowers with Bad Credit

Low Credit Finance is a provider of legit online payday loans no credit check alternative for bad credit. Although they do not offer payday loans without online credit checks due to regulatory compliance, they do have several alternative options up to $5,000 with interest ranging from 5.99% to 35.99% .

Eligibility Criteria For Payday Loans No Credit Check Online Alternatives

  • Income of $1,000 per month
  • Affordability assessment applies
  • Over 18 only

Benefits of Payday Loan Alternatives No Credit Check Online

  • Options for borrowers with bad credit
  • Flexible loan amounts
  • Flexible terms

Disadvantages of Payday Loan Alternatives No Online Credit Checks

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  • Big Buck Loans – Best for Online Payday Loans No Credit Check Instant Approval Alternatives for Unemployed

Big Buck Loans offers same-day online payday loan alternatives with no credit check for the self-employed, self-employed, and those with innovative ways to earn an income. Online Payday Loans No Credit Check Alternatives from $100 to $5,000 are available for those without a formal job.

Eligibility Requirements for Online Payday Loan Alternatives No Credit Check

  • Over 18 only
  • US bank account
  • Earn $250 per week

Benefits of Same Day Online Payday Loan Alternatives No Credit Check

  • Quick Approvals
  • Bad Credit Options
  • A minimum of administrative formalities

Disadvantages of Online Alternatives to Payday Loans No Credit Check

  • Expensive interest up to 35.99%.

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Heart Paydays – Ideal for same day online payday loan alternatives with no credit check

For those who want quick cash, Heart Paydays stands out. Their online payday loan alternatives with no credit check range from $100 to $5,000 with up to 2 years to pay off. Interest starts at 5.99% and goes up to 35.99%. You’ll receive feedback in about two minutes (yes, that’s that fast!).

Eligibility Requirements For Legit Online Payday Loans No Credit Check Alternative

  • Income of $1,000 per month
  • at least 18 years old
  • US bank account

Benefits of Payday Loan Alternatives No Credit Check Online

  • Payments in 60 minutes
  • Bad borrowers are welcome
  • Flexible terms

Disadvantages of Payday Loan Alternatives No Online Credit Checks

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  • Green Dollar Loans – Best for Online Payday Loan Alternatives Instant Approval with No Credit Checks

There’s no pace or nail-biting when applying for small online payday loan alternatives without credit checks with Green Dollar Loans. Application takes minutes and approval (or rejection) takes 2 minutes! Payments are processed within the hour. Loans range up to $5,000 with up to 2 years to pay off.

Eligibility Requirements for Online Payday Loan Alternatives Instant Approval No Credit Check

  • 18+ to apply
  • Earn $1,000 per month
  • Legal resident or citizens of the United States

Benefits of Online Payday Loan Alternatives No Credit Check

  • Payments in 60 minutes
  • Bad Credit Options
  • Simple app

Disadvantages of Online Payday Loan Alternatives No Credit Check

  • Interest can reach 35.99%.

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What are payday loans without online credit checks and how do they work?

Payday loans without a credit check online are short-term loans given to borrowers without a credit check. Although this is the concept of a payday loan no credit check, they do not exist due to US lending regulations. Alternatives to payday loans without an online credit check follow a simple loan model where the borrower applies online, the loan is repaid plus interest.

How to Apply for Payday Loan Alternatives No Credit Check Online

Follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Choose your loan amount

Select loan amount from $100 to $5,000 and loan term from 3 to 24 months.

Step 2: Complete the application form

Follow the prompts to enter your data on the online form.

Step 3: Get a decision in less than two minutes

You’ll know if a lender can help you within two minutes of submitting your application.

Step 4: Get your loan

The lender will present a loan agreement which will need to be signed before the money can be repaid.

Features and Factors to Consider When Applying for Payday Loan Alternatives No Credit Check Online

Payday Loans No Credit Check Online Alternative Interest

Interest ranges from 5.99% to 35.99% – this amount is added to the total you borrow.

Amounts and Conditions Associated with Alternatives to Payday Loans No Online Credit Checks

Loan amounts start at $100 and go up to $5,000, with terms ranging from 3 to 24 months.

Reputable Lenders Offering Alternatives to Small Payday Loans No Online Credit Checks

Lending search organizations only match borrowers with reputable and transparent lenders.

How We Picked the Best Alternatives to Payday Loans No Credit Check Online

We searched for lenders offering:

  • 100% online application
  • Same day payments
  • Flexible terms
  • Interest not exceeding 35.99%

Conclusion

We rank Viva Payday Loans as our top pick for payday loan alternatives without online credit checks. Their service is free for borrowers and by using them you save time and money.

FAQs

What supporting documents do unemployed people have to provide?

You must present your identity document, proof of address and your bank statements.

Can borrowers with low FICO scores get same day payday loans online?

Yes, loan research panel lenders offer payday loans to borrowers with bad credit, and they can repay the same day of approval.

Where can I get $255 payday loans online same day without credit check?

Viva Payday Loans offers great alternatives to $255 online same day payday loans with no credit check.

Disclaimer: The lending websites reviewed are correspondent lending services, not direct lenders. Therefore, they are not directly involved in the acceptance of your loan application. Applying for a loan with the websites does not guarantee acceptance of a loan. This article does not provide financial advice. Please seek the assistance of a financial advisor if you need financial assistance. Loans available only to US residents.

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The Better Business Bureau’s attack on payday loans does a disservice to consumers https://bcn-stay.com/the-better-business-bureaus-attack-on-payday-loans-does-a-disservice-to-consumers/ Fri, 02 Sep 2022 13:30:29 +0000 https://bcn-stay.com/the-better-business-bureaus-attack-on-payday-loans-does-a-disservice-to-consumers/ The unfair and inaccurate attacks on the payday loan industry are now reaching new heights. On September 1, 2022, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) ​​released an investigative report grouping all payday loan operations as scam artists who break the law to take advantage of people and make money. While consumers should be wary of bad […]]]>

The unfair and inaccurate attacks on the payday loan industry are now reaching new heights. On September 1, 2022, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) ​​released an investigative report grouping all payday loan operations as scam artists who break the law to take advantage of people and make money. While consumers should be wary of bad actors in every industry and learn to tell them apart from legitimate companies, the BBB report does a disservice by not providing this information. The comments made certainly do not agree with the BBB’s mission to call and address “substandard market behavior” as a “leader in promoting market confidence”.

Payday loans tend to be small, short-term loans that help Americans pay bills, some of which are needed for emergency purposes, that are due between their paychecks. These loans are usually small sums of money, have a short-term repayment plan, and have a higher interest rate than conventional loans. According to Thomas Miller, Jr., professor of finance at Mississippi State University, who testified before the Senate Banking Committee on July 29, 2021, “Americans who depend on small non-bank dollar loans are not wealthy. , and many live from dubious paycheck to dubious paycheck. Small payday loans help these consumers make ends meet and improve their credit rating.

Despite the benefits that small payday loans offer consumers, lawmakers and regulators have been hostile to the industry. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has long been hostile to payday lenders and has suggested the “problem” could be solved by allowing the U.S. Postal Service to get into banking. For this idea, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named her Porker of the Month for February 2014. In the Postal Service Reform Act of 2022, which was signed into law on April 6, 2022, Congress wisely barred the USPS from get into postal banking, which Senator Warren continues to promote.

In 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) finalized a rule that the agency said would end “payday debt traps” by removing the ability of payday lenders to force repayment by cutting repeated debit attempts. In May 2019, Citizens Against Government Waste sent a letter to CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger urging the agency to rescind this rule, which would consider offering a payday loan without determining a loan’s ability to repay. borrower as an “unfair” and “abusive” practice.

Among other recommendations, the BBB report suggests imposing a 36% interest rate cap, as has already been done in several states (and opposed by CAGW), and passing legislation that would allow to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to recover damages. in federal court. If Congress follows the BBB’s recommendations, it would allow FTC Chairwoman Lina Khan to continue her mission to wield power over every possible industry.

The payday loan industry allows consumers to make ends meet and build credit, especially low-income Americans. Despite the benefits they provide, several Democrats in Congress, federal agencies, and now the BBB are attacking an entire industry by implying that legitimate payday loan companies are tantamount to scammers who take advantage of low-income individuals and households by illegally obtaining information about these Americans and defrauding them. Rather than attacking legitimate payday lenders, states and Congress should ignore the BBB report and focus on identifying and prosecuting the crooks.

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