CFPB Sues Corinthian Colleges for Predatory Lending

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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

The 10 Cities With America’s Worst Drivers

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The 10 Cities With America’s Worst Drivers

The 10 Cities With America’s Worst Drivers

Driving in cities on the East Coast doesn’t sound too appealing, based on the latest edition of the Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report. Of the 200 most populated cities in the country, 9 of the 10 places where it’s least safe to drive are located in eastern states. Three of them are in Massachusetts. The… Read More

Can I Actually Rent-to-Own a Home?

Mortgages

Can I Actually Rent-to-Own a Home?

Can I Actually Rent-to-Own a Home?

In today’s economy, there are many people who would like to become homeowners but lack the means to do so. For them, a rent-to-own arrangement can appear to be an attractive option. But how do these arrangements work and what are the potential shortcomings? Though there are variations, the basic lease-with-option-to-buy arrangement works like this:… Read More

What’s Next for Home Depot Customers

Identity Theft

What’s Next for Home Depot Customers

What’s Next for Home Depot Customers

If you’re one of the millions of folks who used a payment card at a Home Depot store this past spring or summer your identity may be at risk. I asked Chris Camejo, director of assessment services at NTT Com Security, to outline the go-forward ramifications of the Home Depot breach for the victims and future Home Depot customers… Read More

Could Your HOA Wreck Your Credit?

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Could Your HOA Wreck Your Credit?

Could Your HOA Wreck Your Credit?

If you live in a community within a homeowners’ association, you probably have to pay association dues. They can run anywhere from less than $100 a year to more than $1,000 a month, depending on the community. What happens if you don’t pay? Will it ruin your credit rating? It certainly can, as some of… Read More

Help! I Have $460K of Student Loan Debt

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Help! I Have $460K of Student Loan Debt

Help! I Have $460K of Student Loan Debt

All dentists have one thing in common: They received an extremely expensive education. For most people, that means taking out student loans, so by the time you’ve graduated and gone on to make a living taking care of people’s teeth, you probably have a six-figure debt load. Saddled with $465,000 of student loans to repay,… Read More

Who’s Most Likely to Have Their Wages Garnished?

Managing Debt

Who’s Most Likely to Have Their Wages Garnished?

Who’s Most Likely to Have Their Wages Garnished?

More than one in 10 workers ages 35 to 44 had their wages garnished in 2013, mostly for child support and consumer debt, according to a report from human resources management firm ADP. People in that age bracket tend to have large debt loads, go through divorce and raise their children, stretching thin some workers’ finances,… Read More

Bad Idea: Buying a Fake ID Online

Identity Theft

Bad Idea: Buying a Fake ID Online

Bad Idea: Buying a Fake ID Online

The fake ID has been a popular purchase for decades among Americans younger than the drinking age. Many entrepreneurs have stories of creating a successful fake-ID business on college campuses (it’s illegal, but it’s lucrative), because as long as there have been rules, there have been people looking to break them. To no one’s surprise, the industry… Read More

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