Think Pink? Beware of Breast Cancer Charity Scams

Identity Theft

Think Pink? Beware of Breast Cancer Charity Scams

Think Pink? Beware of Breast Cancer Charity Scams

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, time for that annual flood of pink-colored reminders to support a cure for the second-leading cause of cancer deaths among women. It’s also time for a tsunami of “pinkwashing” — bogus charities and fraudulent fundraising through the sale of ribbons and other hued merchandise that promise to benefit... Read More

Credit.com in the News 10.19.13

Personal Finance

Credit.com in the News 10.19.13

Credit.com in the News 10.19.13

As the federal budget debate grew in intensity this month, Credit.com’s experts took time to discuss financial issues with the media. From dealing with furloughs to general money topics, here are a few conversations our experts joined recently: Credit.com Director of Consumer Education Gerri Detweiler talked to TIME magazine about differences in business and consumer... Read More

7 Steps to Buying a Reliable Used Car

Auto Loans

7 Steps to Buying a Reliable Used Car

7 Steps to Buying a Reliable Used Car

Edmunds.com recently compared the cost of buying a new 2013 Honda Accord EX, leasing the car, or buying a used 2010 Accord EX. After factoring in the true market value of both cars, leasing charges, and current loan terms and rates, they found the total out-of-pocket cost after six years came to: Leasing – $24,768.... Read More

How to Find a Low-Interest Credit Card

Credit Cards

How to Find a Low-Interest Credit Card

How to Find a Low-Interest Credit Card

Getting a low-interest credit card can be a smart choice if you carry a balance or plan to finance a large purchase with a plastic. Finding the right card means comparing offers and card terms carefully, because a card marketed as low interest may not necessarily be the best one for you. Pinpointing Interest Rates... Read More

The States With the Highest Credit Scores

Credit Score

The States With the Highest Credit Scores

The States With the Highest Credit Scores

Credit scores vary a bit, depending on the scoring system, but the purpose is always the same: to determine the likelihood that a consumer will pay his or her debts. Credit scores may determine whether or not consumers will qualify for a variety of loans, and they also play a factor in the interest rates... Read More

Bank Employee Arrested for Short Sale Scheme

Mortgages

Bank Employee Arrested for Short Sale Scheme

Bank Employee Arrested for Short Sale Scheme

A former Bank of America employee in California has been indicted on federal bribery charges related to manipulating home sale prices. Kevin Lauricella worked on delinquent mortgages for Bank of America until he was fired in 2011. He is accused of accepting more than $1 million in bribes for selling 18 properties in 2010 and... Read More

7 Ways to Handle an Unexpected Medical Bill

Managing Debt

7 Ways to Handle an Unexpected Medical Bill

7 Ways to Handle an Unexpected Medical Bill

If you have an accident or suddenly fall ill, recovering your health may be only half the battle. The medical bills you face can cripple your finances for years to come. And if a bill winds up in collections, it can hurt your credit scores for seven years. Here are just a few examples our... Read More

5 Things to Consider Before Choosing an Online Bank

Personal Finance

5 Things to Consider Before Choosing an Online Bank

5 Things to Consider Before Choosing an Online Bank

Bank customers have preferred online banking to in-branch banking since 2009, and the preference for mobile banking has continued to rise, according to a recent survey from the American Bankers Association. Advances in technology have made it so customers seldom have to visit a branch to do their banking. Apps, online account management, direct deposit,... Read More

The Biggest Victim of the Debt Ceiling Deal: Your Retirement

Personal Finance

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

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