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5 Affordable Housing Objectives the Duty to Serve Rule Could Accomplish in Underserved Areas

A rule recently proposed by the Federal Housing Finance Agency could help facilitate a more affordable and fair housing market.


The Case Against Mandatory Consumer Arbitration Clauses

article icon Issue Brief Federal agencies are looking to limit rip-off clauses in fine print that deny access to justice.

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Many Happy Returns for Consumers: The CFPB at 5 Years

Policymakers should support the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for its efforts to hold banks accountable and to rebuild public trust.

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Creating Safe and Healthy Living Environments for Low-Income Families

book_alt2 icon Report Given how central homes and communities are to people’s lives, federal and local leaders must work to ensure low-income families live in environments that are conducive to their success.

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Infographic: Payday Loans: Beneath the Surface

Adopting a strong rule on payday and auto title loans would greatly reduce the potential for predatory loans to destabilize families and communities.

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An Opportunity Agenda for Renters

book_alt2 icon Report The United States needs a two-pronged approach to housing policy that supports residential mobility to high opportunity areas and promotes reinvestment in economically impoverished neighborhoods.

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Gutting Financial Regulations Won’t Help Community Banks

Policymakers can take action to boost rural community banks without a broad rollback of consumer financial protections.

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5 Trends to Watch in Consumer Finance

Expanding opportunity through finance demands attention to demography, technology, and sound public policy.

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Building Financial Security by Overcoming Identification Barriers

For unauthorized immigrants, identification can also be a tool for financial inclusion.

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Financial Rollbacks Would Leave Coal in Consumers’ Stockings

Congress should not use a budget deal to roll back financial reforms that protect consumers and the broader economy.


Raising Wages and Rebuilding Wealth

book_alt2 icon Report To achieve economic security, middle-class Americans need policies that promote good jobs; a growing, inclusive economy; and affordable child care, higher education, health care, housing, and retirement.

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