A Credit Card Checklist for Natural Disasters

Credit Cards

A Credit Card Checklist for Natural Disasters

A Credit Card Checklist for Natural Disasters

Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf coast with 145-mile-an-hour winds on August 29, 2005. Almost six years later, many people are still recovering. And as I write this, Hurricane Irene, hitting the Caribbean hard, is headed toward the East Coast with a predicted landfall along North Carolina this weekend. On Tuesday, an earthquake—a 5.9, no less—hit… Read More

Angry at Banks, Man Planned Fireworks Plot at National Mall

Personal Finance

Angry at Banks, Man Planned Fireworks Plot at National Mall

Angry at Banks, Man Planned Fireworks Plot at National Mall

A young man angry at what he saw as a corrupt financial system was a half-hour away from staging a bizarre plot at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., before authorities discovered him in a nearby park and arrested him, the Washington Post reports. The man, Glenn Neff, 27, from Stuart, Florida, had cut a hole… Read More

Amid Multiple Scandals, Standard & Poor’s CEO Resigns

Personal Finance

Amid Multiple Scandals, Standard & Poor’s CEO Resigns

Amid Multiple Scandals, Standard & Poor’s CEO Resigns

The head of beleaguered credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s announced on Monday that he will resign. Deven Sharma, whose four-year tenure as CEO has witnessed the largest scandal in the company’s 151-year history, will leave the company at the end of the year. “It has been a privilege to serve as the president of… Read More

Cross Cut Shredders Keep Identity Thieves Very Busy

Identity Theft

Cross Cut Shredders Keep Identity Thieves Very Busy

Cross Cut Shredders Keep Identity Thieves Very Busy

In an age when identity thieves are on the lookout for personally identifiable information, we need to be all the more careful about storing and discarding our sensitive documents. I’ve written here before about my decision to go paperless. I accomplished this with three tools: 1. A scanner. I got the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1500 sheetfed… Read More

Bankers to CFPB: Time to Regulate FarmVille’s Virtual Currency

Personal Finance

Bankers to CFPB: Time to Regulate FarmVille’s Virtual Currency

Bankers to CFPB: Time to Regulate FarmVille’s Virtual Currency

For more than a year, the American Bankers Association has pushed to limit the power and budget of the government’s newest consumer watchdog agency. The association, which includes the nation’s largest banks as members, is spending about $2 million every four months on lobbying, according to the Associated Press, most of it to limit the… Read More

Fake Lawsuit Scam Allegedly Netted Millions From Hurting Homeowners

Mortgages

Fake Lawsuit Scam Allegedly Netted Millions From Hurting Homeowners

Fake Lawsuit Scam Allegedly Netted Millions From Hurting Homeowners

Three California-based law firms allegedly swindled millions of dollars from distressed homeowners by making false promises that they could get relief on their mortgages by suing the lenders, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday by California Attorney General Kamala Harris. The lawyers sent at least two million pieces of direct mail to homeowners in 17… Read More

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