Nicki Minaj’s Social Security Number Exposed

Identity Theft

Nicki Minaj’s Social Security Number Exposed

Nicki Minaj’s Social Security Number Exposed

As people with little privacy, celebrities are at high risk for becoming victims of identity theft. That is, they’re already at risk without having their Social Security numbers shared with the world, so if that happens, they’re practically certain to see problems with their credit. Rapper Nicki Minaj learned this firsthand recently, when a media… Read More

5 Things You Might Not Know About Uber

Personal Finance

5 Things You Might Not Know About Uber

5 Things You Might Not Know About Uber

The ride-sharing service Uber is available in more than 150 U.S. cities (not to mention many more across 43 countries), so there’s a good chance you’ve used Uber, or heard of it, at the very least. There are plenty of opinions out there about Uber. Some people swear by it. Others have had experiences so… Read More

The States With the Highest Student Loan Default Rates

Students

The States With the Highest Student Loan Default Rates

The States With the Highest Student Loan Default Rates

The national student loan default rate declined this year, but that’s not saying much, considering 13.7% of borrowers defaulted on their loans within three years of entering repayment. The Education Department released this data over the summer, and while much of the news coverage focused on the drop in the three-year default rate (it was 14.7%… Read More

Could Holiday Shopping Wreck Your Credit?

Personal Finance

Could Holiday Shopping Wreck Your Credit?

Could Holiday Shopping Wreck Your Credit?

More than 60% of U.S. consumers have little or no concern about how their holiday shopping will affect their credit, according to a survey from TransUnion. There are two ways to look at that statistic: We can give consumers the benefit of the doubt, inferring they plan to exercise smart credit practices like avoiding debt… Read More

5 States Where Home Repossessions Are on the Rise

Mortgages

5 States Where Home Repossessions Are on the Rise

5 States Where Home Repossessions Are on the Rise

Foreclosure activity in the U.S. increased from September to October, driven mostly by a jump in scheduled foreclosure auctions and homes repossessed by lenders. RealtyTrac’s monthly foreclosure report shows changes in foreclosure activity — default notices, bank repossessions and scheduled auctions of residential properties — across the country, on a state level and in the… Read More

Prepaid Cards May Be Getting More Consumer-Friendly

Personal Finance

Prepaid Cards May Be Getting More Consumer-Friendly

Prepaid Cards May Be Getting More Consumer-Friendly

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed regulations Thursday that would make prepaid debit cards safer to use and easier for consumers to understand. People who use prepaid cards often use them as an alternative to checking accounts, debit cards or credit cards, but those products offer much better consumer protections than prepaid cards. For example,… Read More

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