The Awkward, Uncomfortable Art of Getting Someone to Pay You Back

There are no hard-and-fast rules for navigating the agony of asking someone to return the money you loaned them, but there are definitely a few good guidelines

Can Islamic Finance Save the Global Banking System From Itself?

Islamic finance has shifted from small, niche lenders primarily serving religious Muslims into an industry worth more than a trillion dollars

The Instantly Gratifying Economics of Check-Cashing Businesses

Yes, they take a chunk of your paycheck, but for many, that’s still better than doing business with a regular bank

From Debt to Prison, in Five Terrifyingly Easy Steps

What happens when you simply can’t pay your loans? First you’ll get a call. Then you’ll be hounded by a series of increasingly shady collection agencies. In the end, you could wind up behind bars