said that it’s working with policy makers, including the U.S. Congress, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Consumer Data Industry Association (CDIA), among others, to work with lenders and creditors to help make this happen. “These are uncharted waters for everyone around the world,” said Mark Begor, Chief Executive of Equifax.
As the coronavirus pandemic grips the United States, the situation is looking bleak for Americans’ wallets. Jobless claims in the U.S. have surged to a 2.5-year high as businesses have had to shutter during the outbreak and lay off workers. And based on people’s Google
“Consumers and businesses who are, or may be, impacted by COVID-19 are encouraged to contact their lenders and creditors directly to discuss their options,” Equifax said in a statement. “Equifax is engaged with many lenders, telecom and utility providers who are offering a variety of options to help people through forbearance and modified payment plans.”
and Federal Housing Administration have instructed mortgage servicers to offer borrowers facing financial hardship with options. Mortgage borrowers can request a forbearance plan, which would reduce or suspend their mortgage payments for up to 12 months.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he wants to have the U.S. economy “opened up” by Easter, laying out an aggressive timetable even as the number of coronavirus cases increase. “I would love to have the country opened up, and rarin’ to go, by Easter,” which is April 12, he said in a Fox News town-hall broadcast from the White House.
recorded its best percentage gain since 1933 on renewed hopes for the U.S. Congress, which is inching toward an agreement on a roughly $2 trillion package to rescue economy from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, lawmakers twice failed to reach an agreement, sending stocks into a fresh tailspin.
(Andrew Keshner and Jacob Passy contributed to this article.)
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