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Colorado’s War on Credit

Colorado’s HB23-1229 threatens consumer access to credit and economic growth.

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We Told You So: CFPB’s Assault on Buy Now, Pay Later Tools

In a move that was as predictable as it is alarming, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has once again overstepped its bounds, targeting immensely popular Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) tools. As I anticipated, the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the CFPB’s funding mechanism has emboldened the agency to ramp up its aggressive regulatory […]

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The US Bank Simple Loan is Hardly Simple

The US Bank Simple Loan is a classic example of how big banks can take something simple and make it incredibly complex.

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SPPI Expresses Disappointment in Supreme Court Ruling Upholding CFPB Funding Structure

The Southwest Public Policy Institute warns that this decision will embolden regulatory overreach and drive consumer prices up.

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Conclusion of Alaskan Legislative Session: Victory for Alaskan Consumers

The Southwest Public Policy Institute applauds the Alaskan Senate Finance Committee’s decision to not advance House Bill 145 and Senate Bill 264, ensuring continued consumer access to diverse emergency credit options.

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A Call for Prudent Consumer Credit Legislation in Alaska

Representing the Southwest Public Policy Institute, I recently had the opportunity to testify before the Alaska House Finance Committee and the Alaska Senate Community and Regional Affairs Committee regarding proposed legislation on consumer credit. The bills in question, House Bill 145 and its Senate counterpart, Senate Bill 264, aim to implement rate caps similar to […]

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SPPI to Testify in Alaska Against Consumer Credit Price Control Bills

The Southwest Public Policy Institute (SPPI) has been invited to provide expert testimony in the upcoming legislative sessions for Alaska House Bill 145 and Alaska Senate Bill 264, which will take place on April 30, 2024.

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The Wells Fargo Flex Loan is Anything But Flexible

Wells Fargo’s Flex Loan program is a labyrinth of unclear eligibility requirements and a baffling case of vanishing funds.

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Albuquerque Journal: A public bank could crowd out community-based financial institutions

The 2022 passage of House Bill 132, which set a stringent cap of 36% on interest rates for consumer loans, is having its intended and significant repercussions on New Mexico’s financial landscape. This was no accident: by restricting the interest rates that small-dollar lenders can charge, the rate cap effectively marginalized an entire segment of […]

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Albuquerque Journal: The myth of big-bank small-dollar loans

In response to Fred Nathan’s (July 30) op-ed praising New Mexico’s efforts to end predatory lending, I must assert that the celebratory tone is premature and misguided. Two significant studies conducted by the Southwest Public Policy Institute — “No Loan For You!” published in March 2023 and “No Loan For You, Too!” published in June […]

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