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  • WASHINGTON, March 3- Republican lawmakers at a hearing on Tuesday said that the U.S. consumer watchdog should stop attempts to regulate overdraft charges on prepaid cards even as the agency considers tighter rules on the practice. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in November proposed rules to treat overdraft fees on prepaid cards as a form of credit...

  • Republicans on the committee that oversees financial services disagree, and Texas Representative Randy Neugebauer plans to introduce a bill later this week to replace the agency's director with a five-person commission appointed by the president. "Sometimes, I think you are trying to do good, but in the end, what you do creates harm to an industry where people...

  • March 3- Citigroup Inc said it has agreed to sell its consumer finance unit OneMain Financial Holdings Inc to subprime lender Springleaf Holdings Inc for $4.25 billion in cash. The consumer finance company is part of Citi Holdings, which Citigroup created during the financial crisis to park assets that it wanted to eventually divest or wind down.

  • CHICAGO, March 3- New technology about to be deployed by credit card companies will require U.S. consumers to carry a new kind of card and retailers across the nation to upgrade payment terminals. Anre Williams, president of global merchants services at American Express, cited cost and complexity as reasons for not issuing PIN numbers, which would require a much...

  • March 2- Warehouse club retailer Costco Wholesale Corp said on Monday it had entered into agreements with Citigroup Inc and Visa Inc for co-branded credit cards. Citigroup will become the exclusive issuer of Costco's co-brand credit cards and Visa will replace American Express Co as the credit card network for Costco in the United States and Puerto Rico from...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 25- Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc will pay at least $9.35 million to resolve charges that it improperly repossessed the cars of members of the U.S. military, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Wednesday. SCUSA is the tenth largest U.S. auto lender, according to data provider Experian Automotive. The amount of outstanding auto loans...

  • Feb 25- American Express Co is raising interest rates for a large number of its credit cards following a review that began a year ago, a company spokeswoman said. The company sent letters to its cardholders saying it is making adjustments after finding its rates were below those of rival cards, Bloomberg earlier reported, citing a copy of the letter.

  • American Express to raise credit card rates - Bloomberg Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 6:08 AM ET

    Feb 25- American Express Co is raising interest rates for over 1 million cardholders for the first time in more than five years, Bloomberg reported. American Express told customers this month that their annual rates will rise an average of 2.5 percentage points to at least 12.99 percent following a review last year, Bloomberg reported, citing people briefed on...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 24- JPMorgan Chase& Co said on Tuesday the bank has been questioned by the U.S. Department of Justice over auto lending practices that possibly resulted in discrimination. JPMorgan is the fifth-largest U.S. auto lender behind Ally Financial Inc, Wells Fargo& Co, Toyota Motor Corp's in-house lending arm and Capital One Financial Corp, according to...

  • U.S. online marketplace for auto loans debuts Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 2:59 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Feb 23- DriverUp, a U.S. online marketplace that allows hedge funds to invest directly in car loans, launched on Monday with a $50 million investment from venture capital firms. Before starting Sierra in 2012, Ellis founded Exeter Finance Corp, a subprime lender acquired by Blackstone Group LP in 2011.. Consumers took out $105 billion in auto loans in the...

  • Feb 20- Manuel Medina-Mora, who helped build up Citigroup Inc's Mexico business only to see it run into trouble after he stopped managing it day-to-day, will retire in June, the bank said on Friday. Medina-Mora, who heads global consumer banking at Citigroup, was expected to retire before his 65th birthday in August, people familiar with the matter said.

  • LOAN DELINQUENCY RATE UNCHANGED IN Q4 AT 4.3 PCT, BUT STUDENT LOAN AND AUTO LOAN DELINQUENCIES WORSENED- NY FED.

  • STUDENT LOAN DELINQUENCY RATE ROSE TO 11.3 PCT IN Q4 VS 11.1 PCT IN Q3, AUTO LOANS TO 3.5 PCT VS 3.1 PCT- NY FED.

  • On Wednesday, American Express Co said it would stop offering a co-branded credit card with Costco when its contract with the retailer ends in March 2016. These products are big business for companies such as American Express- nearly a third of the company's purchase volume is on co-branded cards. The official noted that banks that issue Visa or Mastercard...

  • Unpaid Chinese credit card bills leap 42 pct in 2014 Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 11:45 PM ET

    BEIJING, Feb 13- Credit card arrears in China leapt 42 percent last year to 35.8 billion yuan, central bank data showed, highlighting rising financial risks in the world's second-largest economy as growth cools to a 24- year old low. Unpaid credit card bills that were outstanding for at least six months jumped 10.6 billion yuan last year compared with 2013, data...

  • Feb 12- American Express Co said Costco Wholesale Corp would stop accepting its cards in the United States from next April, after the companies failed to reach terms on renewal of an agreement. Costco has already replaced American Express with Capital One Financial Corp as its credit-card issuer in Canada, starting this year. Costco has 468 warehouses in the...

  • Feb 12- American Express Co said it will stop issuing credit cards co-branded with Costco Wholesale Corp in the United States from March 31, 2016.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 10- The U.S. Department of Justice said on Tuesday that it reached a settlement in its first-ever discrimination case against auto dealers who also finance the purchase of used cars. Two so-called "buy here, pay here" dealerships in Charlotte, North Carolina, Auto Fare Inc and Southeastern Auto Corp, agreed to set aside $225,000 to reimburse...

  • Feb 10- Western Union, the world's largest money-transfer company, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by cost cuts and a lower tax bill, and it said it would buy back up to $1.2 billion of shares. Western Union, which gets most of its business from migrant workers sending money home, also forecast 2015 profit above analysts' estimates.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 5- Wells Fargo& Co has agreed to pay $4 million for violations on credit card accounts at a former affiliate, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said. Wells Fargo will pay a $2 million penalty and $2 million in restitution to consumers after the affiliate illegally took interests in borrowers' homes, in exchange for extending credit for routine credit card...