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Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Mid Week Articles:
OBAMA MAKES RECESS APPOINTMENT OF CORDAY TO CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama today will announce the recess appointment of his choice to lead the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, setting up a pitched battle with congressional Republicans who oppose the new agency.
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SERIOUS DELINQUENCIES DECLINE, FORECLOSURE RATES STEADY
Serious delinquencies are on the decline, while foreclosures have steadied at 5.5 percent, according to recent data from Foreclosure-Response.org, a joint venture of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, the Urban Institute, and the Center for Housing Policy.
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DISCOVER U.S. SPENDING MONITORSM CONSUMER CONFIDENCE REMAINS STEADY IN DECEMBER
RIVERWOODS, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 4, 2012-- Consumer confidence remained fairly consistent in December, as consumers viewed the economy and their finances as improving, but consumers are heading into the New Year with conservative spending intentions according to the Discover U.S. Spending Monitor. The Monitor, a 4-year-old daily poll tracking economic confidence and spending intentions of nearly 8,200 consumers throughout the month, recorded a 1.3-point decline from the previous month to 85.0 percent.
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ASTA FUNDING, INC. ANNOUNCES NEW JOINT VENTURE IN PERSONAL INJURY FINANCING
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Jan. 4, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ASTA FUNDING, INC., (Nasdaq:ASFI), (the "Company"), a financial services, receivable asset management and liquidation company that specializes in the purchase, management and liquidation of consumer receivables is pleased to announce the formation of Pegasus Funding, LLC ("Pegasus"), a joint venture with Manhattan-based Pegasus Legal Funding, LLC ("PLF"), an established personal injury financing provider.
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FOR WALL STREET OVERSEER, PROGRESS COMES AT A CRAWL
Leading a new federal agency intended to help prevent another financial crisis may seem like a dream job for most economic gurus, but the government made a nomination only last month after a painfully slow search process.
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ACT APPOINTS NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Calif. - January 3, 2012 - Account Control Technology, Inc. (ACT) is pleased to announce Nabil Kabbani has joined the organization as chief executive officer (CEO). Kabbani is succeeding the company's founder and current CEO, Dale Van Dellen, who will remain active with ACT as chairman of the board of directors.
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ALABAMA COURT OF CIVIL APPEALS DENIES HOME DEPOT'S ATTEMPT TO TAKE BAD DEBT DEDUCTION.
MONTGOMERY, Ala., Jan. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- On November 4, 2011, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals ("Court") denied Home Depot's petition for refund of sales tax paid on uncollectible debts. Similar to the facts in cases heard in Oklahoma, Ohio, and Washington, Home Depot entered into contracts with finance companies to extend credit to its customers through the use of private-label credit cards. When a customer made a purchase, the finance company paid Home Depot the amount of the purchase, including any applicable taxes, less a service fee. The customer then paid the finance company. If a customer failed to make payments, the finance company bore the loss and deducted the bad debts on its federal corporate income tax return.
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CONSUMER REPORTS BANKING INDUSTRY INVESTIGATION FINDS MORE FEES MAY ALREADY BE ON THE WAY
YONKERS, N.Y., Jan. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumers who say they're furious at behemoth banks for their lending practices, fees, account requirements and various other reasons, can get ready to vent some more, says Consumer Reports latest cover story investigation.
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ASTA FUNDING, INC. ANNOUNCES NEW $20,000,000 DISCRETIONARY CREDIT FACILITY
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Jan. 3, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Asta Funding, Inc., (Nasdaq:ASFI), a financial services receivable asset management and liquidation company, today announced that it has obtained a new discretionary credit facility of $20 million with Bank Leumi, USA. Gary Stern, President and Chief Executive Officer of Asta Funding, said, "We are pleased to announce this new credit facility with very favorable terms. Although we currently have sufficient cash resources to finance our operations and have a very strong liquidity position, such a facility will enable the company to react quickly and opportunistically as expansion prospects arise. We have been working with Bank Leumi for many years and appreciate their continued support and confidence in Asta Funding. In addition, we are well positioned to add other banking partners as needed."
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COMPANY MOVING HQ TO FLORIDA, ADDING JOBS IN KALISPELL
KALISPELL- A collection agency company is moving its headquarters from Kalispell to Florida, but about 100 jobs are expected to open up at the local branch over the next two years.
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NOVEMBER U.S. CREDIT CARD CHARGE-OFFS ROSE
The charge-off rate for U.S. credit cards rose in November, reflecting seasonal patterns, after declining for three straight months, according to Moody's Investors Service.
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FTC SENDS BIENNIAL REPORT TO CONGRESS ON THE NATIONAL DO NOT CALL REGISTRY
The Federal Trade Commission has approved a biennial report to Congress focusing on the use of the Do Not Call Registry by both consumers and businesses over the past two years, as well as the impact that new technologies have had on the Registry.
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HAWAII LEADS NATION WITH HIGHEST AVERAGE CLOSED HOME LOAN AMOUNT ACCORDING TO LENDINGTREE.COM
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Dec. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With mortgage rates continuing to be near record lows, LendingTree.com, the nation's leading online lender exchange and personal finance resource, today released data highlighting the average loan amount on residential real estate purchases for all 50 states and Washington D.C. for the year. Hawaii, by far, leads the nation with an average home loan amount of $677,299, followed by Washington D.C. at $393,453, New Jersey at $344,240 and New York at $340,124. The states with the lowest average home loan amounts are Mississippi at $137,182 and Nebraska at $137,515. The national average for a home loan is $222,261
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BANKS BOOST LENDING AS ECONOMY SLOWLY WARMS UP
Banks are lending again. After three years of Scrooge-like underwriting following 2008's financial crisis, banks have turned on the spigot, boosting lending at annual rates as high as 8.2 percent since July, according to Federal Reserve statistics.
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BBB STUDY: DEBT COLLECTION INDUSTRY THRIVES, COMPLAINTS SOAR
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) in St. Louis released a study today titled "They Deal in Billions: A BBB Study of the Debt Collection Industry, Its Soaring Growth and Problems for Consumers." The study points to problems in the industry and their causes, and outlines the weaknesses in laws and their enforcement.
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