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Same-Sex Couples More Likely to Pay for Their Own Wedding

Managing Debt

Same-Sex Couples More Likely to Pay for Their Own Wedding

Same-Sex Couples More Likely to Pay for Their Own Wedding

With last week’s Supreme Court ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, same-sex couples in many states nationwide are in a better position to get married than they were before. However, it’s interesting to note that many of them may choose different ways to tackle the often sizable expenses that can come with... Read More

University of South Carolina Hit With Seventh Data Breach

Identity Theft

University of South Carolina Hit With Seventh Data Breach

University of South Carolina Hit With Seventh Data Breach

The University of South Carolina had suffered six data breaches since 2007 and was in the process of putting more significant protections into place when it was hit with another such incident earlier this year. In late April, a laptop that may have contained the names and Social Security numbers for some 6,300 students who took physics courses at the... Read More

CFPB Issues Revisions for Mortgage Rules

Mortgages

CFPB Issues Revisions for Mortgage Rules

CFPB Issues Revisions for Mortgage Rules

The federal government has put a number of new regulations into place as a means of shielding consumers from potentially harmful financial products, and now, one watchdog agency has made a number of changes to rules it put into place in January. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently revised several rules in its Ability-to-Repay mortgage lending... Read More

Pending Home Sales Hit Highest Point Since 2006

Mortgages

Pending Home Sales Hit Highest Point Since 2006

Pending Home Sales Hit Highest Point Since 2006

The housing market has been undergoing significant improvements in the past year, and that trend is reflected in a variety of ameliorating real estate statistics, including the still-growing number of home sales. The number of pending home sales seen through the end of May increased 6.7 percent from April and 12.1 percent on an annual basis, bringing the current level seen nationwide to... Read More

47,000 Teachers-in-Training Exposed in Data Breach

Identity Theft

47,000 Teachers-in-Training Exposed in Data Breach

47,000 Teachers-in-Training Exposed in Data Breach

Data breaches seem to be happening with greater frequency all the time, and businesses and government organizations appear to be effected with considerable regularity. The most recent such massive incident exposed more than 47,000 people who participated in a program that prepares people in Florida for teaching positions. The Florida Department of Education recently revealed that it suffered... Read More

Lenders Still Struggling to Comply With CARD Act

Credit Cards

Lenders Still Struggling to Comply With CARD Act

Lenders Still Struggling to Comply With CARD Act

The Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act has been in place for some time now, but there have been many regulatory changes made since it was first put into effect. Those issues, plus others, have a number of major financial institutions saying they’re still struggling to remain in compliance with the consumer protection law’s rules. At a... Read More

More Women Worry About Student Loan Debt Than Men

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More Women Worry About Student Loan Debt Than Men

More Women Worry About Student Loan Debt Than Men

Millions of Americans are struggling with massive student loan bills averaging tens of thousands of dollars, and this student loan debt can be burdensome regardless of their age or sex. However, it seems that women are far more worried about these balances than men despite the fact that their situations are more or less comparable.... Read More

Construction Constraints Could Slow Housing Growth

Mortgages

Construction Constraints Could Slow Housing Growth

Construction Constraints Could Slow Housing Growth

The housing market has been making significant strides for more than a year, but now worries about a constrained availability of property could lead to fewer transactions. The still-limited inventory of existing homes for sale across the country has proven a major driver of price increases in the last year, but buyer frustration could continue... Read More

Coming Soon: The Next Generation of Credit Cards

Credit Cards

Coming Soon: The Next Generation of Credit Cards

Coming Soon: The Next Generation of Credit Cards

In recent years, a number of new credit card technologies have come to light in the U.S., and several were called the wave of the future. However, it seems that those containing built-in microchips — known as EMV cards — will be the first to catch on en masse with plastic issuers. EMV cards are already used... Read More

The Best Car Rental Agency in America

Personal Finance

The Best Car Rental Agency in America

The Best Car Rental Agency in America

When Americans go on vacation, many do so while looking for the best possible values on their accommodations and needs. Depending on their needs, that can also include the cost of car rental. The good news for those families who are planning to make a summer getaway in the next few months is that there... Read More

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