CFPB’s 16th Monthly Complaint Report released on October 25, 2016.

CFPB’s 16th Monthly Complaint Report released on October 25, 2016.

by The CAB Man Texas on November 1, 2016

I always look forward to the new CFPB complaint reports that come out each month around the 25th.  Why?  Well as you will see if you follow them as well, the “Payday Loan” industry (this is the umbrella term used in these reports to refer to companies who offer payday loans, installment loans, title loans, cash advances, etc) has yet another double digit decrease in complaint volume versus the same 3-month period (July-August-September) last year.  This month showed a 21% decrease.

It is unfortunate that there were complaints, and I can tell you that our clients would be extremely concerned in the event any complaint was filed by their customer.  They would respond promptly and work to communicate with the customer to clarify any misunderstandings and work out a resolution.  Zero complaints – that is the goal.

As is the case with the other monthly reports – we are always the industry with the largest decrease.  There are 10 other industry categories and we are the only one with these giant drops in customer complaints, consistently.  Student loans are #1 and our bank friends are at #2 with a 37% increase.

I am aware that consumer advocates and others who are not so friendly to the industry visit this website.  I am wondering if they also view the CFPB complaints each month.  The story being told here is that consumers complain less about our services than any CFPB category.  I would recommend you shift your focus to the biggest offenders if you are currently hyper-focused on shutting down the “payday loan” industry.

After all the work you have done to work up complaints you have only mustered a double digit decrease in complaint volume, you may be able to do better somewhere else.  I think the banks are where you should go – they target our customers with abusive overdraft charges and NSF fees with astronomical effective APR’s (think 1,600.00%), and bring in about 4 times the amount of annual revenue that our industry does.

Here is the link to this month’s report (see page 4):

CFPB October 2016 Monthly Complaint Report

This blog post was written by Michael Brown, President of CAB Consulting and the Texas Organization of Financial Service Centers.  He can be reached at 214-293-8676, or

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