Payday Lenders' Bites Are Worse Than a Shark's


Unlike payday lenders, a shark will at least show you his teeth. Most people don't realize that in Kentucky, payday loan interest rates are at least 391%, and often over 400%. Ouch. That's quite a bite.

Over 40% of borrowers think the rates are less than 30% APR, which would be comparable to a credit card cash advance.

Gov. Steve Beshear supports HB 381, introduced by Rep. Darryl Owens, joined by co-sponsors and Kentucky Coalition for Responsible Lending (KCRL), which would make Kentucky the 16th state to cap interest rates on these so-called short-term loans at 36%. (Note: The District of Columbia has also capped the interest rates on these loans.)

Why do I say “so-called short-term loans?” Because nationwide, 9 out of 10 of these loans are made to repeat borrowers, who average about 9-10 loans annually.

"We believe this is a needed step to protect Kentucky consumers from a predatory product that costs hard working families approximately $150 million a year," said Kip Bowmar, Executive Director of Community Action Kentucky and KCRL member organization. "We salute Rep. Owens and the 19 co-sponsors on this important legislation," added Bowmar.

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