Hackers Target Small Businesses: Verizon Report

Identity Theft

Hackers Target Small Businesses: Verizon Report

Hackers Target Small Businesses: Verizon Report

By Brian McGinley, Identity Theft 911 Small businesses take note: Verizon recently just released its 2011 data breach report, and the findings have real implications for companies with fewer than 100 employees. The number of stolen records dropped dramatically to 4 million in 2010, down from 144 million in 2009. But the tally of confirmed… Read More

Making a Memorial Day Gift? Don’t Get Conned

Personal Finance

Making a Memorial Day Gift? Don’t Get Conned

Making a Memorial Day Gift? Don’t Get Conned

This Memorial Day, you may be moved to donate money to a charity that helps veterans and active-duty soldiers. There are plenty of good groups that need your help, including the Fisher House Foundation, which operates like a Ronald McDonald House for soldiers, providing housing to wounded veterans and their families as they receive medical… Read More

Financial News Roundup: Some States More “Stressed” Than Others, Banks Settle Military Foreclosure Lawsuit

Personal Finance

Financial News Roundup: Some States More “Stressed” Than Others, Banks Settle Military Foreclosure Lawsuit

Financial News Roundup: Some States More “Stressed” Than Others, Banks Settle Military Foreclosure Lawsuit

Today’s top news headlines feature the settlement details reached between banks and military families in a far-reaching foreclosure case as well as reasons many ill Americans are missing out on new healthcare provisions. Plus, find out which states are the least stressed. Americans Fail To Take Advantage Of Pre-Existing Healthcare Insurance The Huffington Post Under… Read More

Follow Friday: Weekly Web Roundup (5/27/11)

Personal Finance

Follow Friday: Weekly Web Roundup (5/27/11)

Follow Friday: Weekly Web Roundup (5/27/11)

We’re on the verge of new payment technology that could make our lives a lot easier. Unfortunately, we may be paying for these convinces with the risk of identity theft. We’ve also included a credit card best practices post that offers great tips for healthy credit use. And we can’t leave out the graduating class… Read More

Talk Credit Radio: Shrink College Costs

Students

Talk Credit Radio: Shrink College Costs

Talk Credit Radio: Shrink College Costs

Today on Talk Credit Radio: Friday, May 27, 2011
It’s graduation season for many high school students and with graduation comes a combination of excitement and anxiety as many graduates—and their parents—worry about how to pay for college.

Buying a New Car Just Got Easier

Auto Loans

Buying a New Car Just Got Easier

Buying a New Car Just Got Easier

Buying a new car got easier in the first four months of 2011 as loan issuers loosened lending standards and gave more money to people with lower credit scores, according to a new report out Thursday by Experian, a national credit bureau. The average credit score for people who received loans for a new car… Read More

Consumers Sought Mortgages for More Purchases Last Week

Mortgages

Consumers Sought Mortgages for More Purchases Last Week

Consumers Sought Mortgages for More Purchases Last Week

Mortgage applications filed during the week ending May 20 rose 1.1 percent on a 1.5 percent increase in the number of consumers seeking loans for new purchases, according to the latest weekly statistics from the Mortgage Bankers Association. On an unadjusted basis, the number of purchase applications was 3.1 percent higher than in the same… Read More

Student Loan Defaults Spike

Students

Student Loan Defaults Spike

Student Loan Defaults Spike

The rate of student loan defaults spiked by 26% in 2009, the biggest single-year increase on record, according to a report released last week by the U.S. Department of Education. The problem was especially grave at private, for-profit universities, where former students defaulted at more than twice the rate of those at public schools. Nationwide,… Read More

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