Missouri Law Bans Pension Advances, Helps Retirees Recoup Losses

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Pension360 covered last week the rising business of pension advances—businesses that apply the concept of a payday advance to retirement benefits by giving retirees an option to receive their pension as a lump sum.

But Missouri recently passed a bill that outlaws the practice and gives retirees a chance to take legal action against the business that gave them their pension advance.

Today, the State Treasurer announced that the law goes into effect immediately. Reported by KFVS:

Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel announced House Bill 1217 goes into effect on Thursday – meaning public retirees in Missouri are now protected from the predatory lending practice known as pension advances.

Zweifel says retired public employees who are drawn into these misleading agreements can now take legal action against the businesses offering them.

“Pension advances prey on the financially vulnerable, offering an up-front lump sum in exchange for part or all of a public pension, and they are generally accompanied by exorbitant fees and interest rates,” Treasurer Zweifel said.

“Pension advances are essentially payday loans on steroids in that the individuals taking them are borrowing against a pension instead of a paycheck. They put the individual’s retirement in jeopardy and cost them more money in the long run. Today marks a big win for consumer protection in Missouri, and I am proud of the bipartisan coalition of lawmakers who helped me make our state the first in the nation to ban this practice.”

Missouri is so far the only state to pass a law addressing pension advances.

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