In First Public Speech, Consumer Watchdog Lays Out His Plans

Personal Finance

In First Public Speech, Consumer Watchdog Lays Out His Plans

In First Public Speech, Consumer Watchdog Lays Out His Plans

The new interim director of the nation’s first consumer protection agency for financial products gave his first public speech on Thursday, laying out far-reaching plans to regulate an array of credit services. Speaking in Philadelphia, Raj Date announced the bureau’s top priorities, including everything from mortgages to credit cards and checking accounts. And he did… Read More

The Dos and Don’ts of Paying a Debt Collector

Managing Debt

The Dos and Don’ts of Paying a Debt Collector

The Dos and Don’ts of Paying a Debt Collector

Photo by sleepyneko — Slide 1 of 10 Editor’s note: This story was updated February 28, 2014 When you’re trying to put a collection account behind you, the biggest hurdles are coming up with the money to pay the debt and negotiating a payment plan or settlement that you can afford. Once you’ve accomplished that,… Read More

To Prevent More Bailouts, Big Banks Must File Living Wills

Personal Finance

To Prevent More Bailouts, Big Banks Must File Living Wills

To Prevent More Bailouts, Big Banks Must File Living Wills

Nearly three years after Wall Street firms brought the world economy to its knees, a government regulator passed new rules this week that it hopes will end the phenomenon of “Too Big to Fail” by giving taxpayers the option of liquidating giant banks instead of bailing them out. The rules, approved Wednesday by the Federal… Read More

Credit Line Radio Question: Retirement, Credit Card Use and Credit Scores

Credit Cards

Credit Line Radio Question: Retirement, Credit Card Use and Credit Scores

Credit Line Radio Question: Retirement, Credit Card Use and Credit Scores

On The Credit Line, a weekly radio show hosted by Adam Levin, Credit.com’s chairman and co-founder, caller Maurice from Surprise, Ariz., asked if a drastic decrease in credit card use due to layoff, retirement, etc., would negatively affect his credit score. The answer is no. Using your card less frequently does not change your credit… Read More

Should All Student Loans Be Forgiven?

Students

Should All Student Loans Be Forgiven?

Should All Student Loans Be Forgiven?

Liberal blogger Robert Applebaum has an interesting idea: Let’s forgive everybody’s student loan debt. All of it. According to a petition that Applebaum recently sent via the MoveOn activist network, erasing student loan debt would do a lot more to stimulate the economy than further tax cuts to corporations and billionaires. “How do we ever… Read More

The Amish Bernie Madoff?

Personal Finance

The Amish Bernie Madoff?

The Amish Bernie Madoff?

An Amish man who promised guaranteed investment returns to thousands of Amish families actually lost half the money, and covered up the losses using a Ponzi scheme that ran for more than a decade, according to a lawsuit filed this week in federal court. The man, Monroe L. Beachy, 77, allegedly raised $33 million from… Read More

Follow Friday: Weekly Web Roundup (9/16/11)

Personal Finance

Follow Friday: Weekly Web Roundup (9/16/11)

Follow Friday: Weekly Web Roundup (9/16/11)

Being prepared is one of the best ways to promote prosperity in all aspects of life. Credit, debt, lending and borrowing are especially important areas to do some background work for. We’ve included some smart ways to stay ahead of the curve and how to recover from unforeseen pitfalls. As always, if you enjoy any… Read More

The Credit Line: Bankruptcy and Your Credit

Credit Score

The Credit Line: Bankruptcy and Your Credit

The Credit Line: Bankruptcy and Your Credit

Tune in to this week’s installment of The Credit Line, hosted by Credit.com’s chairman and co-founder Adam Levin on Los Angeles’ KFWB 980 AM this Saturday, September 17, at 9 a.m. PST/Noon EST. The show is co-hosted by L.A. radio personality Jeff Levy. Bankruptcy and Your Credit Ever need an indicator of how tough the… Read More

Talk Credit Radio: Money Scams You Won’t Believe

Personal Finance

Talk Credit Radio: Money Scams You Won’t Believe

Talk Credit Radio: Money Scams You Won’t Believe

This week on Talk Credit Radio: Friday September 16, 2011 Tune into Talk Credit Radio this week with Credit.com’s personal finance expert Gerri Detweiler, live from 4-5 ET/1-2 PT on WSRQ. Money Scams You Won’t Believe! Interview With The Consumerist This week on Talk Credit Radio, host Gerri Detweiler interviews Ben Popken, managing editor of the… Read More

New Capital One Cash Credit Card Replaces Popular Card

Credit Cards

New Capital One Cash Credit Card Replaces Popular Card

New Capital One Cash Credit Card Replaces Popular Card

The Capital One Cash card launched a few weeks ago. I did a review of the card and there’s a lot to like about it. You get 1 percent rewards on everything, plus an annual 50 percent bonus on the rewards you earned during the year. The Capital One Cash credit card replaces the Capital… Read More

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