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Join the live discussion on military lending

May 22, 2013
We're hosting a live chat on our investigative series on predatory lending to soldiers and their families.

Why military personnel fall prey to payday lenders

May 17, 2013
The government provides countless resources to help military families with financial literacy and even offers low interest loans to help them in times of emergency. So, why are many troops opting to take out risky payday loans instead?
Posted In: payday loans, lenders, military, Army

Protecting troops from a different kind of harm — predatory loans

May 16, 2013
Military brass, consumer advocates and lawmakers are trying to close loopholes in the Military Lending Act.
Posted In: installment loans, military

The battle against high-cost lending to military families

May 15, 2013
Five years ago, the U.S. military banned payday and title-loans to military families, but small-dollar, high-interest lenders are getting around the Military Lending Act.
Posted In: military, installment loans

Behind the photo: The unexpected job duties of a commanding officer

May 14, 2013
Mitchell Hartman describes the story of one soldier and how he helped others with financial challenges.
Posted In: payday loans, installment loans

Join us for a live chat on 'Beyond payday loans'

May 14, 2013
We're hosting a live chat on our investigative series "Beyond payday loans" and we'd like you to join.
Posted In: installment loans, payday loans

How World Finance makes a killing lending on the installment (loan) plan

May 14, 2013
World Finance has outperformed the market and financial stocks through the recession. But is World’s high-interest small-dollar loan business sound and sustainable?
Posted In: installment loans, payday loans

Behind the photo: A bankruptcy lawyer who identifies with her clients

May 13, 2013
Marketplace reporter Mitchell Hartman tells us the story behind one of the photos in "Beyond payday loans."
Posted In: installment loans, payday loans

Reporter's notebook: Behind 'Beyond payday loans'

May 13, 2013
We talk to the reporters who worked on the Marketplace and Propublica investigative story: "Beyond Payday Loans."
Posted In: installment loans, payday loans

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

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Have you ever wondered why you can buy a whole rotisserie-cooked chicken at the grocery store cheaper than a pack of two frozen chicken breasts? Or why hotels give you a mending kit but no toothbrush? What does the YKK mean on all of your zippers? Who invented the foam finger? If you’re like us, you’ve got a lot of questions about the small, simple, brilliant and ubiquitous things in the world of business, and we want to help answer them for you.