Credit Services and Intermediation

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    Houston the Top City for Rising Credit Card Debt

    It seems that Houstonians are getting pretty darn comfortable swiping that plastic at the register again. So comfortable, in fact, that Houston has become the top city in the United States for rising credit card debt. We've finally made it onto the top of a list for something other than pollution, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    A "Silent" Voice-Mail Message From A Debt Collector Is Not Harassment, Judge Rules

    Debt collectors will never stop being ingenious when it comes to new ways to being annoying -- it's just part of their DNA, part of what makes a towheaded, strapping young lad say to his proud pop "Someday I'm going to be a debt collector, Dad!" Surreptitiously wiping a proud tear as he rubs the bo ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 15, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Payday Lending: Texas Takes Teeny, Tiny Step to (Barely) Regulate

    Gary Elkins: State Rep, payday lender.​Payday lending, where lower-income, lesser-educated, financially strapped people get some instant cash but sometimes end up paying 500 percent interest, is an industry ripe for some regulating, you would think. But that's why you're not a member of the T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2010

    Texas Drivers Are Dumb, If You Don't Ask The Right Questions

    Borat would ace the driving portion​In case you needed empirical evidence that Texas has some of the worst drivers in  the country, look no further than the GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test: The Lone Star state ranked an unimpressive 35th, falling ten spots from last year and 18 from 2008 ... More >>

  • Music

    May 27, 2010
  • News

    October 29, 2009

    No Justice

    We've bailed out the banks. When do we go after the crooks behind our financial collapse?

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2009

    Moratorium Is Over, So Foreclosures Spike Locally

    Photo by Paul KnightHarris County is seeing the result of failed government efforts to fix the housing crisis by issuing 90-day moratoriums on foreclosures.July was the worst month for foreclosures in the county since the savings and loan debacle, just 73 properties short of the record month -- Octo ... More >>

  • News

    April 2, 2009

    Mortgage Papers and Foreclosure

    It's easy for a homeowner's payments to fall through the cracks.

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    At Least A Little Payback Against A-Hole Debt Collectors

    If you've ever been harassed by a debt collector, deserved or not, Texas AG Greg Abbott has just stood up for you (As Joe Biden might put it, since Abbott's in a wheelchair).Abbott's office announced a settlement this morning against NCO Financial Systems, one of the world's biggest debt-collection ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2008

    More Hi-Def Channels, More Getaways

    Is Omar Little your cable guy? A Sunnsyide shoot-out makes us wonder… KHOU is reporting a southeast side gun battle that left one woman dead and two men injured. Homicide detectives allege that the shoot-out started when three men drove up and attempted to regain possession of “thousands of dol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2008

    Freddie Mac Helps Out Bankers (And A Couple Of Home Owners)

    File this under “Since you just got your ass kicked by Hurricane Ike, we’re gonna give you a break (kinda).” Freddie Mac has ordered its servicers to suspend all foreclosure sales on Freddie Mac properties until December 31, including mortgages that were in default prior to Hurricane Ike. (Se ... More >>

  • News

    April 24, 2008

    Cleaning Up Foreclosed Homes After the Mortgage Crisis

    Junk haulers expand their business in the wake of evictees leaving behind houses in terrible condition

  • News

    May 17, 2007

    In the Sub-Prime of Life

    Homeowners complain that Litton Loan is quicker to foreclose than it needs to be

  • News

    January 26, 2006

    Costly Advances

    Payday lenders take care of you till your check comes in, and for a long time after

  • News

    January 26, 2006

    La Mordita

    Check cashers and furniture rental companies take a big chunk out of post-hurricane FEMA checks

  • News

    January 26, 2006

    Eaten Alive

    Rent-to-own stores, pawnshops, payday lenders -- it's hope for sale, with interest