The Most Outrageous Tax of the Year

Personal Finance

The Most Outrageous Tax of the Year

The Most Outrageous Tax of the Year

It just may become the latest outrage during a year of outrages. At the precise moment when the federal government finally delivers a modicum of justice and some economic relief to millions of homeowners victimized by the nation’s largest banks, the government threatens to beat those victims over the head with a punitive old favorite… Read More

MegaBanks Finally Ready to Modify Mortgages… Don’t Miss Out!

Mortgages

MegaBanks Finally Ready to Modify Mortgages… Don’t Miss Out!

MegaBanks Finally Ready to Modify Mortgages… Don’t Miss Out!

Hell has frozen over! After years of lawsuits and investigations by federal and state law enforcement agencies — not to mention some hard-ass negotiations by the U.S. Department of Justice and 49 state Attorneys General (shout-outs to AGs Eric Schneiderman of New York, Beau Biden of Delaware, and Kamala Harris of California) — mortgage servicers… Read More

Hail to the Thief: Clinton Speech Opens Up ID Theft Possibility

Identity Theft

Hail to the Thief: Clinton Speech Opens Up ID Theft Possibility

Hail to the Thief: Clinton Speech Opens Up ID Theft Possibility

Was it excessive exuberance? Was it judgmental deficiency? Was it the thrill of hearing a barnburner by the President of the World? Well, whatever it was, it was a dangerous mistake. Last night at the Democratic National Convention, during a particularly rousing segment of President Clinton’s forceful and unabashed dissection of the Republican depiction of… Read More

Romney’s Rage Against Regulation

Personal Finance

Romney’s Rage Against Regulation

Romney’s Rage Against Regulation

The people who brought you the Great Economic Meltdown of 2008 have a new idea for you — although if they get their way, you’ll never hear about it. In fact, one of the most striking things about the new push to undo the consumer-friendly financial reforms that followed the crash is the open contempt… Read More

For Ransom: Your Medical Records

Identity Theft

For Ransom: Your Medical Records

For Ransom: Your Medical Records

It started out as a data breach like many others. The hackers penetrated the computer network of a small medical practice in a wealthy suburb of northern Illinois, The Surgeons of Lake County, and broke into a server containing email and electronic medical records. But instead of sneaking out undetected and selling the stolen data… Read More

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue: A Bargain for the Identity Theft Collective

Identity Theft

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue: A Bargain for the Identity Theft Collective

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue: A Bargain for the Identity Theft Collective

Scott Walker has earned a national reputation for his hack-and-slash approach to government spending. Working hand-in-glove with both Houses of the GOP-controlled legislature, the Wisconsin Governor gutted the collective bargaining rights of public sector unions. While tight with the purse strings when it comes to public employees and a self-proclaimed advocate for small business (though… Read More

5 Ways to Become a Credit Adult

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5 Ways to Become a Credit Adult

5 Ways to Become a Credit Adult

Let’s word associate: Banks, mortgage brokers, credit card companies, credit reporting agencies, debt collectors, payday lenders…. Words like “daunting,” “challenging,” “black box,” and “scary” come to mind. Most consumers I speak to express fear of the unknown — and fear of being humiliated at the checkout counter, the restaurant, in front of friends and family…. Read More

210 Million Reasons to Love the CFPB

Personal Finance

210 Million Reasons to Love the CFPB

210 Million Reasons to Love the CFPB

During the endless hearings leading up to the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, which has its two-year anniversary this week, and an even more taxing series of hearings defending its existence, Elizabeth Warren, the Harvard Professor who can rightly be called the birthmother of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, said “America needs… Read More

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