Follow Friday: Weekly Web Roundup (2/11/11)

Personal Finance

Follow Friday: Weekly Web Roundup (2/11/11)

Follow Friday: Weekly Web Roundup (2/11/11)

This week’s stories come from some of our favorite blogs reporting on our favorite topic: credit. Our top picks this week touch on how we spend, how much we spend and the things we’ll do for credit. They also explore how new regulations can help and hurt us. Remember, if you like any of our… Read More

Peer-to-Peer Loans: An Option for Consumers with Excellent Credit

Personal Loans

Peer-to-Peer Loans: An Option for Consumers with Excellent Credit

Peer-to-Peer Loans: An Option for Consumers with Excellent Credit

After a couple of rocky years, peer-to-peer lending (P2P) has been making a comeback. Now with the SEC involved, P2P lenders appear to be on solid ground again. For those not familiar with the concept, P2P lending is a form of alternative financing. These loans take place on an online P2P lending site, such as… Read More

Changes in Credit Card Terms Have Consumers Concerned

Credit Cards

Changes in Credit Card Terms Have Consumers Concerned

Changes in Credit Card Terms Have Consumers Concerned

The credit crunch experienced nationwide in the last few years has continued for many consumers, and has now manifested itself in fears over their inability to pay their monthly bills, as well as added worries related to new fees on their credit cards, according to the latest Consumer Reports Trouble Tracker Index. The index climbed… Read More

A 17-Year ID Theft Saga Finally Ends

Identity Theft

A 17-Year ID Theft Saga Finally Ends

A 17-Year ID Theft Saga Finally Ends

For those who say that identity theft isn’t a big deal, that it can generally be resolved by making a few phone calls to banks and credit card companies when your credit card is compromised or new accounts opened in your name, to quote Rod Serling, “Submitted for your consideration” the case of a Florida… Read More

Fed to Congress: Chill. We Got This. No Rate Hike – Yet.

Personal Finance

Fed to Congress: Chill. We Got This. No Rate Hike – Yet.

Fed to Congress: Chill. We Got This. No Rate Hike – Yet.

Under occasionally testy questioning from House Republicans, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the central bank is watching closely to make sure inflation doesn’t get out of control. But in a tepid economic recovery with precious few jobs being created, Bernanke insisted that now is not the time to change course. “We do not now… Read More

How to Get Unemployment Benefits

Personal Finance

How to Get Unemployment Benefits

How to Get Unemployment Benefits

For millions of Americans, unemployment benefits provide a lifeline that lets them keep the wolf from the door. But collecting those benefits isn’t always simple. Unemployment claims are often denied, and sometimes for avoidable reasons. I spoke recently with Spencer Cohn, national employee representative and founder of BeatTheBoss.tv. He specializes in helping workers collect rightful… Read More

Top 10 Job Trends of 2010

Personal Finance

Top 10 Job Trends of 2010

Top 10 Job Trends of 2010

Step aside Twitter. HTML5 has stolen the #1 keyword contained in job postings last year, according to a survey by Indeed.com. The popular job search engine analyzed millions of job postings from the past year to discover the fastest growing keywords of 2010.  Based on the findings it looks like if you have tech and… Read More

Credit Risk and Demand Decline in 2010 Fourth Quarter

Managing Debt

Credit Risk and Demand Decline in 2010 Fourth Quarter

Credit Risk and Demand Decline in 2010 Fourth Quarter

Consumers’ credit risk declined 0.9 percent between the third and fourth quarters of last year, while demand for new credit cards continued to slip as well, according to the latest statistics from the credit monitoring firm TransUnion. The country’s Credit Risk Index fell to 3.13 percent below the figure seen at the end of 2009,… Read More

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