As more Californians borrow at shockingly high interest rates, will state crack down on ‘predatory lending’?

Loans of less than $10,000 with rates of over 100% have swelled to nearly one-third of California’s non-bank consumer lending market. Consumer advocates say that lenders are profiting off of borrowers’ desperation or lack of financial sophistication, and often make a bad situation worse. The lenders say the charge up to 200% to cover the risks they incur. The Legislature is considering a bill to cap the interest rate for such “small dollar” loans.