Student Loan Interest Rates Were Just Lowered. Why Does the Government Charge Interest in the First Place?
The federal government isn't a private bank, but it has reasons for charging interest on student loans.
Will the Fed Ever Be Able to Stop Payday and Other High-Cost Lenders?
New rules put forward by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would have a major impact on the high-cost loan industry. But if history is any guide, lenders will quickly find some loopholes.
Will Rising Mortgage Rates Put an End to the Housing Recovery?
Rising rates will obviously send monthly payments higher, but they'll also affect the market in a more unusual way: They're going to hurt all-cash investor purchases of housing, which have been a boon to the most distressed markets.