At 3 Years Old, the CFPB Gives Americans a Soapbox

Personal Finance

At 3 Years Old, the CFPB Gives Americans a Soapbox

At 3 Years Old, the CFPB Gives Americans a Soapbox

America’s newest federal agency just turned 3 years old, and it continues to be the preferred punching bag for everyone from the American Bankers Association to politicians like Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.), who once famously and proudly proclaimed that, “Washington and the regulators are there to serve the banks.” The CFPB, on the other hand,… Read More

5 Ways Your Kids Can Bust Your Summer Budget

Personal Finance

5 Ways Your Kids Can Bust Your Summer Budget

5 Ways Your Kids Can Bust Your Summer Budget

If you’re a parent, summertime can mean trips to the beach (along with parking fees, ice cream runs, boardwalk arcade games, funnel cakes, cotton candy, gaily painted hermit crabs, etc.), setting up camp on some far-away stunning vista (and all the must-have sundries and amenities) and, of course, hours of mindless — not necessarily inexpensive… Read More

How to Fraud-Proof Your House

Identity Theft

How to Fraud-Proof Your House

How to Fraud-Proof Your House

Summer is here. There will be barbecues. Sand will find its way into the strangest places. Your family, extended family, kids’ friends and friends of friends—even complete strangers—will sail in and out of your home. But that’s OK, because you’ve fraud-proofed your house…right? Identity theft is a truly democratic crime: Anyone can do it, anyone… Read More

9 Impulse Purchases You Instantly Regret

Personal Finance

9 Impulse Purchases You Instantly Regret

9 Impulse Purchases You Instantly Regret

A new survey conducted by Bankrate.com reported that a quarter of Americans had no savings to weather financial hard times. It didn’t matter if the respondents were relatively higher earners: Folks are spending pretty much what they make. Impulse purchases are definitely a culprit here, along with the refusal to make saving a priority. The… Read More

Could an Adopt-a-Loan Program Take a Bite Out of Student Debt?

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Could an Adopt-a-Loan Program Take a Bite Out of Student Debt?

Could an Adopt-a-Loan Program Take a Bite Out of Student Debt?

The private sector adopts all sorts of things — highways, parks, medians, pets, pet projects — so why not student loans? With the right tax incentives, an Adopt-a-Student Loan program could help ease the current financial quagmire of $1.3 trillion in student loan debt. Earlier this week, Starbucks announced a plan that will let any… Read More

After the Big Data Breach, Has Target Learned Its Lesson?

Identity Theft

After the Big Data Breach, Has Target Learned Its Lesson?

After the Big Data Breach, Has Target Learned Its Lesson?

Peter Drucker, considered by some to be “the man who invented management,” usually gets credit for the phrase, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” Target’s woes following its historic data breach last November proves how true it is. It seems clear at this point that the breach was disastrous for the company. First-quarter sales figures following… Read More

8 Numbers Identity Thieves Want to Steal From You

Identity Theft

8 Numbers Identity Thieves Want to Steal From You

8 Numbers Identity Thieves Want to Steal From You

The Star Wars Cantina of cybercriminals targeting your identity, healthcare, finances and privacy today might seem like a movie you’ve seen so many times you could lip sync the entire thing. Nevertheless, cybercrime and identity-related scams change faster than trending hashtags on Twitter, and the fact is nobody knows what’s going to happen next. Who… Read More

4 Ways New Grads Are Vulnerable to Identity Theft

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4 Ways New Grads Are Vulnerable to Identity Theft

4 Ways New Grads Are Vulnerable to Identity Theft

As new graduates climb down from the ivory tower (diploma in hand), many will be facing “real world” transactions for the first time, and they are at risk. Identity-related crimes, bad deals and credit score pitfalls pockmark the road ahead. And for those new grads who are thinking, “It can’t happen to me,” prepare to… Read More

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