In a profitability analysis by Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law, it was determined that the average profit margin from seven publicly traded payday lending companies (including pawn shops) in the U.S. was 7.63%, and for pure payday lenders it was 3.57%. These averages are less than those of other traditional lending institutions such as credit unions and banks.
The due date for when a borrower must repay the loan coincides with the borrower’s payday. But this is scary: the median number of days consumers spent indebted to a payday loan lender is 199 days. For 55 percent of the year, those consumers were in debt. How can you be financially healthy when you’re in debt most of the year? Worse yet, 25 percent of borrowers were in debt for 300 days.
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Payday loans (and certain other financing) offered to servicemembers and their dependents must include certain protections under the Military Lending Act. For example, for payday loans, the military annual percentage rate cannot exceed 36 percent. Most fees and charges, with few exceptions, are included in the rate. Credit agreements that violate the protections are void. Information on the Department of Defense rule, alternatives to payday loans, financial planning and other guidance is available here.
An auto title loan typically carries an annual percentage rate of 300% and has a very short term, such as 30 days, in which it must be repaid. It differs from another type of short-term, high-rate debt called a payday loan because the borrower signs over the title of his or her vehicle to secure the debt. Payday lenders usually get a postdated check or other form of access to the borrower’s bank account, but no other collateral. Car title loans are allowed in 21 states, while 29 states have no substantive restrictions on payday loans, according to the Center for Responsible Lending in Durham, North Carolina.
If consolidating your debt into a single payment (with an ironclad vow to avoid at all costs running up those paid-off credit cards again) with a lower interest rate seems desirable, investigate your options. The better your credit score, the better the terms you can expect to receive. Keep in mind those lenders that cater to veterans and active-duty personnel: USAA and Navy Federal Credit Union.
The GI Bill is not the only source for servicemembers to improve their education or job training. The Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Educational Assistance and the National Call to Service are just some of the programs the government offers to active military, reserves, veterans and their families. More education should lead to more earning potential and fewer problems with debt.