Welcome to Alabama Lenders Association -- Your Local Installment Lenders
Welcome to the Alabama Lenders Association homepage. We are Alabama’s oldest and most respected trade association devoted to consumers and the consumer finance industry in the State of Alabama. Since 1960, our members have promoted the interests of consumers in obtaining installment loans. We formed ourselves at the same time as the Alabama Legislature enacted the Alabama Small Loan Act. Our input into that 1959 consumer protection law helped preserve fair and honest small loan lending in our state. Ever since that beginning, we have worked with our legislators and regulators to make certain that financial services loans and products are available to all Alabamians.
We are traditional installment lenders. Our lending is based on three principles: (i) equal installment payments (ii) for customers who have the ability to repay (iii) with a clear pathway out of debt. Installment loans show with clarity precisely when the loan will pay out based upon the payment schedule. We help our customers build their credit record by reporting to credit bureaus. This encourages both responsible borrowing and responsible lending. Our loans are customer driven—no prepayment penalties and understandable repayment terms are the rule. Our loans are transparent, making them the safest loan product for consumers. And, we make loans from local offices with local lenders, offering much more personalized service than a bank.
Alabama’s Consumer Finance Industry--By the Numbers
The Alabama Consumer Finance Industry is important business in our State, affecting the many lives of customers and employees alike. There are over 2500 licensed consumer finance company offices in our State. These are the traditional installment loan companies. (This number does not include pawnshops, title pawn lenders, payday lenders, mortgage brokers, banks or others who may be exempt from licensing.) The 2500 licensed locations conservatively employ over 16,000 Alabamians, with a payroll projected of approximately $480 million.
In the fiscal year 2014, the Alabama Banking Department reported that Small Loan Act and Mini-Code licensed offices had over 634,000 loans outstanding. This vast number of loans means that licensees fulfilled the financing needs for many Alabamians. As of the reporting date, the total outstanding balance on these loans was $5.142 billion. These licensees had combined assets of some $5.793 billion.
The finance industry is growing in our State to continue to meet the growing demand of Alabamians for the efficient delivery of consumer credit at a fair price. Consumer credit is the fuel that drives the economy. We are proud of the role
that we are playing in making credit available to so many worthy people in Alabama.
Alabama Lenders Association--Focused on the Consumer Finance Industry in Alabama
The Alabama Lenders Association is composed of large companies and small mom & pops. Each lender is entitled to one vote per Alabama office; but we limit the influence of any one company by limiting the number of votes that any one association member can exercise to three. Our Board of Directors is composed of 20 members, and our nominating committee works diligently to ensure that both Small Loan Act lenders and Mini-Code lenders are well represented. As a result of this structure, the Association will never be dominated by any one company, and will always focus on the needs of the finance industry in Alabama.
We are composed of 87 member companies today, representing over 400 lending offices throughout Alabama. Our 24 Associate Members help keep us strong and viable with their innovative products and services. (Please see our list of Associate Members and links to their websites on the Members tab.) We are so proud of our relationship with these Associate Members, and we could not do our job without their support.
Our Association meets several times each year. Our premier meetings include our annual Legislative Reception in late winter or early spring of each year in Montgomery, coinciding with the start of each Alabama Legislative session; a fall Committee Day focusing on the business of the association and an industry update; and, our Annual Convention, in June of each summer giving us time together to discuss business and legal developments, map out strategy for the year, and spend quality time socializing and golfing in a beautiful venue. This year, our Annual Convention was held at the Marriott Grand Hotel in Pt. Clear, AL. We also go to gaming venues such as the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, MS, and to the spectacular mountain retreat at the Grove Park Inn & Resort in Asheville, NC.
Please get in touch with the Alabama Lenders Association at the Contact Us tab with any questions that you may have about our Association, our state laws and regulations, or questions about the consumer finance industry in Alabama. We will be pleased to talk to you and share information with you about these topics. We are proud of our industry and our state, and we are very proud of the contributions that we have made and continue to make to the consumer financial industry in Alabama.
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