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Since the economic downturn began in the U.S. in 2008, the fortunes of ARM companies have largely mirrored the broader business environment. Debt collection agencies are particularly susceptible to high unemployment, inflated consumer bankruptcies, and plummeting housing pricing. Combined with a general tightening of credit standards, the ARM industry is more tied to macroeconomic trends than ever before.

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New Academic Paper Urges CFPB to Carefully Consider Impact of Potential New Debt Collection Regulations

George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law and Senior Scholar of the Mercatus Center Todd J. Zywicki has published a Working Paper entitled “The Law and Economics of Consumer Debt Collection and Its Regulation.” The 69-page paper concludes that new government restrictions on debt collection may very well burden consumers. Zywicki starts with the premise […]


DBA International Commends George Mason University for Report on the Law and Economics of Consumer Debt Collection and its Regulation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A new study conducted by Professor Todd Zywicki of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University indicated that careful evaluation of the current regulatory environment was necessary to ensure that the debt collection and debt buying industries continued to fulfill their critical role in the economy. The study also found as the […]


United Debt Holding Selected to Receive 2015 Best of Business Award in Castle Rock, CO

Greenwood Village, CO – United Debt Holding, LLC is proud to announce the receipt of the 2015 Best of Business award in Castle Rock, CO in the small business category. The Small Business Community Association (SBCA) has been dedicated to empowering and recognizing small business owners who continually make a difference in their business community since […]

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As Economy Improves, Collectors Need Fresher, Expanded Data Sets, TransUnion Says

How do you identify which accounts have a higher likelihood to pay? Every collections firm wants to get better at answering this question. TransUnion claims that firms can – with better, fresher account data. Scoring accounts with a broader data set and more historical data can help firms better separate the uncollectable accounts from those […]

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Dept. of Education PCA Program Still a Driver of Small Business Growth

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) Private Collection Agency (PCA) program remains an opportunity for small businesses despite recent wrangling over five contractor suspensions in March and a bid process for large (“unrestricted”) contractors still incomplete after two years. Goals have gone up over the last two years, with ED’s prime and subcontracting goals now at 20% and 33%, respectively.

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Encore Capital Group Announces Strong Second Quarter 2015

Yesterday Encore Capital Group (ECPG), an international specialty finance company with operations in eight countries, reported its financial results for the second quarter of 2015 ending June 30, 2015. Second Quarter Highlights Gross collections from the portfolio purchasing and recovery business grew 7% to a record $437 million, compared to $409 million in the same period […]


Encore Partners With U.S. Reps. Peters and Hunter On Bill To Exempt Forgiven Debt From Federal Taxation

Encore Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECPG) announced yesterday that it has collaborated with U.S. Reps. Scott Peters (CA-52) and Duncan Hunter (CA-50) to create a bill that would exempt up to $2,500 worth of forgiven personal and household debt from federal taxation. The bill (H.R. 2640) was recently introduced as the “Consumer Debt Forgiveness Tax Relief Act of 2015.” This re-raises the 1099-C debate for the collection industry.