The Pew Charitable Trusts has released a set of 10 standards for banks and credit unions that want to offer small loans to subprime customers. Among its ideas: keep monthly payments at or below 5% of the borrower’s paycheck and make loans available quickly through digital channels.
Acting CFPB Director Mick Mulvaney backed a congressional effort to overturn the agency's short-term lending rule, said he planned to install more political appointees and acknowledged a possible prank played on him.
Partnerships with financial technology companies could be effective in helping banks meet small-dollar credit demand, but those partnerships face a legal cloud. Thankfully Congress is considering adding needed clarity.