The biggest news this week is all about the traps and pitfalls awaiting consumers when it comes to student loans, identity theft and payday loans. 4 Ways to Deal With Student Loan Debt Collectors Student debt expert Mitchell Weiss has received a lot of requests from readers who are struggling to work with student loan... Read More
The biggest news this week is the end of tax season, as Americans can stop worrying about Uncle Sam and start worrying about graduation and summer travel. 4 Tax Benefits You May Have Missed This Year Your taxes are (hopefully) filed and your W-2s can now be retired to your financial folder, but the April... Read More
The biggest news this week is all about the financial battle in Washington D.C. as President Obama released his proposed 2014 budget. FHA May Need Nearly $1 Billion Infusion, White House Forecasts With President Obama’s release of the new budget came some criticism from analysts, who found that the Federal Housing Administration may need a... Read More
The biggest news this week is all about Financial Literacy Month, which kicked off on Monday. President Obama Declares April As National Financial Capability Month The president, in a proclamation last week, declared April 2013 as Financial Capability Month, coinciding with Financial Literacy Month. President Obama said in his declaration that the purpose of this... Read More
Despite the fact that housing news in 2012 and 2013 has been pretty glowing — home prices are rising and credit is beginning to open up again — American’s top money complaint is still mortgages. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released its annual consumer complaint database snapshot Thursday, describing the financial woes that consumers have... Read More
The biggest news this week is all about the announcement from VantageScore Solutions that its newest version of its signature credit score would include some very consumer-friendly updates. Did Credit Scores Just Get Fairer? As one of the first news organizations to report that VantageScore would be releasing the new version of its brand-name credit... Read More
The biggest news this week is all about National Consumer Protection Week, the time of year when personal finance experts get to highlight the causes near and dear to their hearts. It’s Time for a Fair Medical Billing Act Our Director of Consumer Education Gerri Detweiler has heard dozens of medical billing horror stories over... Read More
It may seem hard to believe, but right around the same time every year, a lot of people become delinquent on their auto loan payments. Using data from the Experian-Oliver Wyman Market Intelligence Reports and Experian’s IntelliView tool, we noticed a trend in auto loan delinquencies — accounts 30-59 days delinquent have peaked in the fourth quarter and bottomed out... Read More
The biggest news this week is all about identity theft, after the Federal Trade Commission released a report stating that more Americans have reported being victims than ever before. Identity Theft Among Top Complaints Fielded by the FTC The FTC’s annual report examining the consumer complaints it has received showed that identity theft is on... Read More
The biggest news this week is all about credit cards that are easy to understand, as consumers search for less confusion and more perks. The Simplest Credit Cards in America Consumers tend to shy away from complicated products for good reason — fine print can be the downfall of even the most well-intentioned consumer. So... Read More
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