Who’s Behind the Latest Bank Giveaway?

Personal Finance

Who’s Behind the Latest Bank Giveaway?

Who’s Behind the Latest Bank Giveaway?

Last week offered a very good snapshot of the state of things in the wake of mortgage crisis. On the one hand, there was news of a woefully inadequate $8.5 billion settlement as “remedy” for irresponsible (and worse) behavior by mortgage servicers. On the other, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced regulations that might help… Read More

Forget Your Money Resolutions! Make a Plan in 2013

Personal Finance

Forget Your Money Resolutions! Make a Plan in 2013

Forget Your Money Resolutions! Make a Plan in 2013

We live in uncertain times. Uncertainty spooks financial markets and keeps a lid on lending. It gives millions of businesses a legitimate argument to sit on the sidelines hoarding trillions of dollars that could otherwise fuel meaningful economic expansion. That private sector money could fuel the most effective “stimulus program” this country has ever known… Read More

9 Ways Disconnecting Doesn’t Make You Any Safer

Identity Theft

9 Ways Disconnecting Doesn’t Make You Any Safer

9 Ways Disconnecting Doesn’t Make You Any Safer

A funny thing happened on my way from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. this week, I found myself on a flight without Wi-Fi. The prospect of being unplugged for more than four hours on a flying machine without the ability to communicate with (or distract) colleagues, with zero information from the outside world — let’s… Read More

Identity Theft in 2013: The Battle for Your Data

Identity Theft

Identity Theft in 2013: The Battle for Your Data

Identity Theft in 2013: The Battle for Your Data

In 2013, we’ll have to make a choice: Either we acknowledge we’re at war and push back hard, or we keep pretending nothing’s wrong — and pay the price. In the coming weeks, as we’ve seen every year for the past six, there will be endless reports detailing the digital dangers and identity threats lurking… Read More

How to Fix the Broken Student Loan System

Students

How to Fix the Broken Student Loan System

How to Fix the Broken Student Loan System

As Washington slides ever closer to the fiscal cliff, financial vortex, or whatever will be the next term du jour, and our national focus finally shifts to fixing that which has heretofore been deemed “unfixable,” perhaps 2013 is the year we endeavor to fix our very broken student loan system. In the first quarter of… Read More

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