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.

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.

Beware tribal payday loans

Apr 26, 2013
High interest payday loans are seen by critics as a fast track to endless cycles of debt for borrowers -- and there's a new breed of payday loan to watch out for.

Could big banks help rein in payday lenders?

Mar 20, 2013
Payday lenders circumvented state laws by moving online, and in the process big banks became enablers (and potentially profited) from payday lending. Now Chase is making changes to protect its customers from payday lenders. Will other banks follow?

Payday lenders need to be more transparent

Mar 8, 2013
Last week on Marketplace, a payday loan lender defended his industry, saying as long as customers did the math, he wasn't doing anything wrong. Commentator Helaine Olen begs to differ.

In defense of payday lenders

Feb 21, 2013
A payday lender from Kansas City, Missouri, says his business is fair, just do the math.

Payday lenders inspire mixed feelings from borrowers

Feb 20, 2013
New Pew report finds that payday borrowers feel both relief -- and that they are being taken advantage of.

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The argument in favor of payday lending

Nov 9, 2012
Critics of payday lending say the industry is ripe for abuse and should be tightly controlled. Commentator Tom Lehman says the practice can actually be helpful, for individuals and the financial system as a whole.

Payday loan becomes monthly ordeal

Jan 9, 2012
Commentator Mark Laws found himself on a "rat wheel" trying to pay off a loan to attend his mother's funeral.

Sometimes 'payday' rhymes with 'mayday'

Jan 5, 2011
Mayday, as in the international distress signal. It is from the French "M'Aider!" or "Help Me!" Payday, as in so-called payday loans, where a lo...