The States With the Most Credit Card Debt

Credit Cards

The States With the Most Credit Card Debt

The States With the Most Credit Card Debt

Alaskans have consistently carried high credit card balances for the past few years, possibly due to the high cost of living in the state. According to data from the Experian-Oliver Wyman Market Intelligence Reports, sorted using Experian’s IntelliView tool, only Alaska residents have carried an average credit card balance greater than $2,000 in the past three… Read More

5 Ways to Cut Pet Care Costs

Personal Finance

5 Ways to Cut Pet Care Costs

5 Ways to Cut Pet Care Costs

Having a pet can add so much to your life — companionship, joy, comfort, aide, vitality… and bills. Aside from all the time and energy pets require, they can also be very costly. The upfront costs of getting a pet, along with ongoing cost of food, medical care, grooming and toys can lead to a… Read More

What Really Happens After Your Credit Card Is Stolen

Identity Theft

What Really Happens After Your Credit Card Is Stolen

What Really Happens After Your Credit Card Is Stolen

After a hacker steals your credit card number, you may receive an email, text or phone call from your bank to alert you of criminal or fraudulent activity with your credit card. This is a helpful and necessary measure implemented by financial institutions to help protect your accounts. However, sometimes the alert is too late and… Read More

U.S. Ranks Only 12th in Well-Being Survey

Personal Finance

U.S. Ranks Only 12th in Well-Being Survey

U.S. Ranks Only 12th in Well-Being Survey

Here’s another reason you might feel a slight unease, or restlessness – a topic I am exploring in depth right now. People who live in the U.S. enjoy a standard of well-being that is below that of countries including Panama, Canada, Denmark and Brazil, according to a survey published Tuesday by Gallup and Healthways, which provides wellness services… Read More

6 Things Debt Collectors Wish You Knew

Managing Debt

6 Things Debt Collectors Wish You Knew

6 Things Debt Collectors Wish You Knew

I’m a debt collector whose job it is to work on behalf of creditor clients to recover rightfully owed debts from consumers. The work debt collectors do is not popular, and has become increasingly derided by those who don’t like what we do or simply don’t know the facts about debt collection. Too often, debt… Read More

It’s Time for a Data Breach Warning Label

Identity Theft

It’s Time for a Data Breach Warning Label

It’s Time for a Data Breach Warning Label

The breach at Home Depot is only the most recent in a torrent of high-profile data compromises. Data and identity-related crimes are at record levels. Consumers are in uncharted territory, which raises a question: Is it time to do for data breaches and cybersecurity what the nutritional label did for food? I believe we need… Read More

Watch Out for This Social Security Scam

Identity Theft

Watch Out for This Social Security Scam

Watch Out for This Social Security Scam

The Better Business Bureau issued a warning Monday highlighting an email scam designed to trick recipients into divulging personal information, including names, addresses and Social Security numbers. The scheme involves an email from an account impersonating the Social Security Administration, Service Canada or an organization claiming to represent a government agency. The email says you… Read More

CFPB Sues Corinthian Colleges for Predatory Lending

Students

CFPB Sues Corinthian Colleges for Predatory Lending

CFPB Sues Corinthian Colleges for Predatory Lending

One of the nation’s largest for-profit schools engaged in a lengthy series of deceptive acts to entice poor students to enroll and take out pricey student loans, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau alleged Tuesday, saying the school had a “pervasive culture…that allowed employees to routinely deceive and illegally harass” student borrowers. Corinthian Colleges, Inc., which… Read More

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