More than 39 million American adults incurred at least one fee for overdrawing their bank account or having insufficient funds in the past 12 months, according to an analysis of survey data by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Most of these consumers, known as overdrafters, view bank overdraft programs as a way to ensure that payments…Details
Payday loans are unsecured short-term small dollar loans that, in general, are very expensive. They are usually repaid on the borrower’s next payday, and are more expensive than loans from banks, credit unions, and other traditional financial institutions.
The economy may be growing and the stock market may be on a tear, but for many workers such broad measures of financial gains aren’t translating to their wallets and sense of financial security. This year, only about a third of U.S. employees, or 35%, reported feeling satisfied with their financial situation, a drop from…Details
In this report, the JPMorgan Chase Institute assembled a de-identified data asset of nearly 250,000 Chase customers between 2013 and 2015 in order to study how consumers’ expenses vary over time and how their financial behavior changes when faced with extraordinary payments.
The updated United Way ALICE Report continues to shine a spotlight on a large population of residents who work, yet have little or no savings, and are one emergency from falling into poverty. The population identified in the report as ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) is comprised of people who work, earn more than…Details
San Francisco has an Office of Financial Empowerment that oversees all sorts of programs designed to help residents handle their money better and recruits banks and credit unions to participate. As other cities adopt a similar approach, more financial institutions have an opportunity to get involved.
FROM THE ATLANTIC – Nearly half of Americans would have trouble finding $400 to pay for an emergency. I’m one of them. SINCE 2013, THE FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD has conducted a survey to “monitor the financial and economic status of American consumers.” Most of the data in the latest survey, frankly, are less than earth- shattering:…Details
BY MICHELLE SINGLETARY, THE MIAMI HERALD Sharks get a bad rap. Don’t get me wrong. It’s absolutely tragic whenever a swimmer or surfer is bitten or killed. But sharks are just doing what comes naturally. They are “apex predators,” meaning they’re at the top of the food chain. When a shark hunts for prey, it’s…Details
FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL An unexpected car repair or medical bill would cause the vast majority of Americans to scramble because they lack the needed funds in their savings accounts. Only 37% of adults have the necessary savings to cover a $500 car repair or a $1,000 emergency room bill, according to a survey…Details