The $100 Bill on Your Windshield Really Is Too Good to Be True

Personal Finance

The $100 Bill on Your Windshield Really Is Too Good to Be True

The $100 Bill on Your Windshield Really Is Too Good to Be True

Finding a $100 bill would make anyone’s day, especially around the holidays. Of course, that happiness wouldn’t last long if someone stole your car as soon as you went to retrieve your newfound treasure. Apparently, that happened in Maryland. The attorney general’s office is warning residents of a potential theft operation where carjackers are putting $100 bills under… Read More

Watchdog Proposes Rules to Protect Homeowners From Bad Foreclosures

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Watchdog Proposes Rules to Protect Homeowners From Bad Foreclosures

Watchdog Proposes Rules to Protect Homeowners From Bad Foreclosures

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Thursday proposed new rules that would offer U.S. homeowners additional protection from foreclosure. The proposals are part of the CFPB’s ongoing effort to protect struggling homeowners and make the mortgage process easier to understand. The expanded protections cover a variety of issues, from clarity about loan delinquency to additional help for… Read More

My Credit Score Makes No Sense

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My Credit Score Makes No Sense

My Credit Score Makes No Sense

Having trouble understanding your credit score? Here’s how to make sense of that three-digit number lenders use to decide how creditworthy you are. Your credit score is determined by five key factors, all of which come from information in your credit report (you can see your credit reports for free, every year, from all three credit… Read More

More Consumers Are Falling Behind on Their Car Payments

Auto Loans

More Consumers Are Falling Behind on Their Car Payments

More Consumers Are Falling Behind on Their Car Payments

Auto loan delinquencies increased in the third quarter, but the market remains stable, according to analysts at Experian Automotive. The company released its quarterly State of the Automotive Finance Market report, showing an $86 billion bump in open loan balances since the same period last year, and an increase in market share for deep subprime… Read More

Can You Afford a New Baby?

Personal Finance

Can You Afford a New Baby?

Can You Afford a New Baby?

I turned 30 this year, which means that I’ve reached that magical age. Now, whenever I log into Facebook my feed is filled with pregnant bellies and pictures of adorable newborns. It seems like everyone is having a baby. But not everyone is. Some prefer being childfree and others are only beginning to consider having… Read More

Nation’s Biggest Buy-Here, Pay-Here Dealer Fined $8 Million

Managing Debt

Nation’s Biggest Buy-Here, Pay-Here Dealer Fined $8 Million

Nation’s Biggest Buy-Here, Pay-Here Dealer Fined $8 Million

It’s been a bad week for debt collectors who employ questionable tactics. The largest buy-here, pay-here car dealer in the nation must pay an $8 million civil penalty after an investigation by federal authorities found it had repeatedly harassed consumers and furnished incorrect information to credit bureaus. DriveTime Automotive Group offers car purchase agreements that… Read More

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