My Cat Killed My Credit

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My Cat Killed My Credit

My Cat Killed My Credit

Cats are generally low-maintenance: feed them, pet them (when they want you to!), and clean their litter boxes, and they are often happy. But like any pet, they can get sick or suffer accidents that can quickly result in large medical bills that could put your credit in jeopardy. Here are three stories of owners... Read More

At 3 Years Old, the CFPB Gives Americans a Soapbox

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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

The Biggest Victim of the Debt Ceiling Deal: Your Retirement

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The Biggest Victim of the Debt Ceiling Deal: Your Retirement

The Biggest Victim of the Debt Ceiling Deal: Your Retirement

The catfights in Congress over the debt ceiling aren’t just an inside-the-Beltway problem — they’re already a Wall Street problem, and they’re becoming a Main Street problem. There was little to celebrate Wednesday night after the Senate passed the legislation to re-open the government until January and raise the debt ceiling until February — and... Read More

Politics Aside, Is Obamacare Secure?

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Politics Aside, Is Obamacare Secure?

Politics Aside, Is Obamacare Secure?

It’s the biggest change in health care in nearly half a century, and perhaps unsurprisingly it’s already become a tool for scammers. Though open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) doesn’t begin until Oct. 1, scam artists – masquerading as government representatives — have tricked a number of consumers into coughing up personal... Read More

Big Hurdles for Student Loan Rate Agreement

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Big Hurdles for Student Loan Rate Agreement

Big Hurdles for Student Loan Rate Agreement

The interest rates on student loans issued by the federal government is set to double at the start of July if lawmakers cannot come to an agreement to extend the current rates. However, with just weeks until the deadline, federal officials say a number of obstacles still remain that would prevent the plan from going... Read More

Lawmakers Clash Over Student Loan Debt Reform

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Lawmakers Clash Over Student Loan Debt Reform

Lawmakers Clash Over Student Loan Debt Reform

Federal lawmakers have been mulling ways to address the growing problem of student loan debt and rising instances of delinquency and default on those accounts, but now conflicting views as to how to do so has stymied progress on Capitol Hill. There are only a few months to go for Congress to decide whether it... Read More

This Week in Credit News: Cliffs & Hangovers

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This Week in Credit News: Cliffs & Hangovers

This Week in Credit News: Cliffs & Hangovers

The biggest news this week is all about the pull-back from the fiscal cliff and the debt hangover that may be awaiting many consumers after shopping too much this holiday season. 4 Ways to Avoid the Holiday Debt Hangover You might have been searching for hangover cures a few days ago, but we have some... Read More

Senator McConnell, Meet Senator Warren

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Senator McConnell, Meet Senator Warren

Senator McConnell, Meet Senator Warren

In 2010, as Americans were fighting with all their strength to survive the meltdown of 2007-2009, Sen. Mitch McConnell infamously said, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” The line was repeated again and again by Democrats and the folks on MSNBC. How could... Read More

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