Three Credit Card Lessons from the Downgrade

Credit Cards

Three Credit Card Lessons from the Downgrade

Three Credit Card Lessons from the Downgrade

In the past week, the stock market has had more than a few ups and downs. The Fed’s announcement last week that it would keep the federal funds rate near zero for two more years was an attempt to calm fears in the short term. Long term, though, I still think interest rates will climb… Read More

New Jersey Once Again Allows Foreclosures for Some Banks

Mortgages

New Jersey Once Again Allows Foreclosures for Some Banks

New Jersey Once Again Allows Foreclosures for Some Banks

Following a ruling by a Superior Court judge, Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo will be allowed to begin processing foreclosures in the state of New Jersey, according to a report from the Newark Star-Ledger. The decision came after all four major lenders submitted paperwork to the state, outlining the ways in… Read More

Consumers Doing a Better Job Paying Their Debts

Managing Debt

Consumers Doing a Better Job Paying Their Debts

Consumers Doing a Better Job Paying Their Debts

Wall Street traders may still be jittery about the state of the economy, but American consumers appear to be doing everything they can to help the nation’s finances return to stable footing. New delinquencies on credit cards and mortgages continued to drop over the last four months, suggesting that many consumers have succeeded in taking… Read More

Credit 101 for the College-Bound

Credit 101

Credit 101 for the College-Bound

Credit 101 for the College-Bound

Holly and Ben from Ohio are about to reach a major milestone in their life—their son is headed off to college.  Fortunately, they have been setting aside money for many years in an education fund, so tuition (for this year, at least!) is covered. Given his university is about four hours from their home, they… Read More

The Debt Diet Challenge Week #5: Our Participants Weigh In

Managing Debt

The Debt Diet Challenge Week #5: Our Participants Weigh In

The Debt Diet Challenge Week #5: Our Participants Weigh In

This is our weekly installment of The Debt Diet Challenge, in which we follow the progress of participants selected to take Jean Chatzky’s Debt Diet as they work to get themselves out of debt and on track to a better financial future. Every week, the participants blog about their experiences with the program.  Here are… Read More

New Whistleblower Office Opens to Investigate Corporate Crime

Personal Finance

New Whistleblower Office Opens to Investigate Corporate Crime

New Whistleblower Office Opens to Investigate Corporate Crime

Ponzi schemers and white-collar criminals beware: The government now has $450 million to give to whistleblowers who rat you out. The Securities and Exchange Commission opened its new whistleblower office last week, offering cash rewards to employees who reveal corporate crimes. For years, critics have accused the SEC of ignoring tips regarding scammers, including Bernard… Read More

Florida to Expand Foreclosure Assistance Programs

Mortgages

Florida to Expand Foreclosure Assistance Programs

Florida to Expand Foreclosure Assistance Programs

In the past, consumers in the state’s Fourth and Seventh Judicial Circuits could participate in foreclosure mediation programs only after a lawsuit was filed against them by their lenders, according to a report from the Daytona News-Journal. But now those programs have been extended to help those who are also in danger of entering the… Read More

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