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What's the difference between payday and installment loans?

May 13, 2013
Both are predatory lending practices, but they're very different.
Posted In: installment loans, payday loans

The problem behind the business of installment loans

May 13, 2013
World Finance of Greenville, S.C., rakes in half-a-billion dollars a year providing small loans to subprime borrowers. Thanks to an ever-deepening cycle of debt, business is good.
Posted In: installment loans, payday loans

On Victory Drive, soldiers defeated by debt: The story from Propublica

May 13, 2013
A federal law is supposed to protect service members from predatory lending. But lenders exploit loopholes, trapping military personnel in high-interest debt.
Posted In: installment loans, payday loans

A quagmire of debt and a billion dollar company: The story from Propublica

May 10, 2013
World Finance, a billion-dollar company, peddles installment loans, a product that often drives borrowers into a similar quagmire of debt.
Posted In: installment loans, payday loans

Is it time to shrink a growing food stamp program?

May 10, 2013
Lawmakers in the House and Senate begin work on the Farm Bill this week, and SNAP, the food stamp program, is on the agenda
Posted In: food stamps, farm bill

In theaters and with 'The Great Gatsby,' it's high class or class war

May 9, 2013
The opening of Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" will offer moviegoers a look at over-the-top Jazz Age luxury. But for all of Gatsby's glamour, many of the plots of this year's most highly anticipated films hinge on class conflict.
Posted In: The Great Gatsby, movies, movie, class

Income provisions in immigration bill could trip up undocumented workers

May 9, 2013
Tucked away in the 844-page immigration bill is a provision that could thwart citizenship hopes for many undocumented workers.
Posted In: Immigration, undocumented immigrant

African-Americans allege labor discrimination in Chicago

May 7, 2013
African-American men in Chicago say some temp firms discriminate against them and prefer to hire Latino immigrants.
Posted In: temp work, discrimination, African American, latino

How zoning affects the wealth gap

May 6, 2013
Lisa Prevost's new book, 'Snob Zones: Fear, Prejudice, and Real Estate,' looks at towns that have used zoning laws to keep low- and middle-income families out, in favor of the rich moving in.
Posted In: wealth, zoning, Northeast, Connecticut, Lisa Prevost, Housing

Reporter's notebook: Clearing up the $600,000 average white wealth

May 3, 2013
You asked us about numbers in a story about black wealth. Here's the outcome.
Posted In: wealth gap

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