Bring back morality in small loans

In an article, Mehrsa Baradaran recommends that regulators raise morale
considerations to capitalism by creating a public option for the bank that would offer lower interest rates for small loans.

A payday loan is an example of a modest money loan. These loans are mainly intended for
low-income communities where borrowers give lenders direct access to their bank
accounts while showing that they are receiving a regular salary. Despite the fact that they are
short-term loans, lenders will “roll over” them for a fee if the borrower has problems
repay them. These fees usually exceed the original loan amount.

Because policymakers have prioritized market efficiency over morality, it has been
suggested that modern payday loan regulation relies on consumer protection
framework rather than usury legislation. As a result, the authorities were reluctant to
enact restrictions that would impede these loan agreements.

Although states that have the power to regulate usury, governments that want to
to impose maximum interest rates will eventually lose, according to Baradaran, because
lenders will move to jurisdictions that do not control payday loans or find a way
overcome certain restrictions through lobbying and bypass others by inventing
new pricing structures.

Some regulators argue that consumer education is the best solution to predatory lending
in the current context of consumer protection. But, as Baradaran said, educate
the poor to choose better options must mean that there are better options for
choose from.

According to Baradaran, the demand for payday loans has increased in line with poverty rates in
in the United States in recent decades. Unless poverty is solved or equitable
credit becomes more accessible, consumers will continue to seek loans with high interest rates.
Instead of relying on financial education to prevent payday loans, the government
could offer a public banking option to compete with private companies and payday
lenders in the small loan business.

Instead of relying on financial education to prevent payday loans, the government
could offer a public banking option to compete with private companies and payday
lenders in the small loan business.

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