Mulling Senate Run, Warren Keeps Pressure on Consumer Bureau

Personal Finance

Mulling Senate Run, Warren Keeps Pressure on Consumer Bureau

Mulling Senate Run, Warren Keeps Pressure on Consumer Bureau

Elizabeth Warren may have returned home to Massachusetts, but that doesn’t mean she’s given up trying to influence Washington. Warren, who created the idea for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and who for months was considered the leading candidate to lead the new agency, is circulating a petition to gather support for the actual nominee,… Read More

Applying for Cable? Expect a Credit Check

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Applying for Cable? Expect a Credit Check

Applying for Cable? Expect a Credit Check

We know that lenders check our credit to determine our eligibility for loans and our interest rates on loan products. Sometimes landlords and employers do, too, as they review our applications for apartments and jobs. But did you know that your utility or cable company might check your credit when you sign up for service?… Read More

In Jobs Speech, Obama Warns Republicans on CFPB

Personal Finance

In Jobs Speech, Obama Warns Republicans on CFPB

In Jobs Speech, Obama Warns Republicans on CFPB

The President’s jobs speech made headlines last week for its “fiery tone and impassioned delivery.” The New York Times’ David Brooks went so far as to call the speech, in which Obama outlined a $447 billion plan to stimulate job growth, “one of the most forceful and compelling domestic policy speeches of his presidency.” So… Read More

Consumers Borrowed More in July, Just Not With Credit Cards

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Consumers Borrowed More in July, Just Not With Credit Cards

Consumers Borrowed More in July, Just Not With Credit Cards

American consumers borrowed a lot more money in July, even as they took big steps toward paying off their credit cards, according to a recent report by the Federal Reserve. Total consumer debt increased by almost $12 billion during the month, but credit card balances dropped by $3 billion. The big reason for this apparent… Read More

Knee-Deep in Debt? Here’s a Resource

Managing Debt

Knee-Deep in Debt? Here’s a Resource

Knee-Deep in Debt? Here’s a Resource

Despite best efforts on many fronts, the U.S. economy continues to operate at a sluggish pace and many experts do not forecast a noticeable positive turnaround anytime soon. While it is true that many consumers are successfully paying down debt and increasing their savings, millions of people remain struggling to meet their basic monthly expenses…. Read More

Confessions of a Former Credit Card-a-holic

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Confessions of a Former Credit Card-a-holic

Confessions of a Former Credit Card-a-holic

When my 20-year-old daughter, Ashley, asked me to watch Confessions of a Shopaholic with her, I told her to pick the time and I’d be there. I hadn’t read the book, but the movie sounded like an amusing way for us to spend some time together. If you haven’t seen it, the movie’s heroine, Becky… Read More

Consumer Financial Watchdog Asks for Soldiers’ Input

Personal Finance

Consumer Financial Watchdog Asks for Soldiers’ Input

Consumer Financial Watchdog Asks for Soldiers’ Input

The government’s newest consumer watchdog is looking for information about financial services targeted to members of the military. In a press release issued this week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau asked soldiers and their families to write in about the current state of products, programs and educational efforts geared to helping them financially. [Tool: Quickly… Read More

What to Do When You’re a Victim of a Data Breach

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What to Do When You’re a Victim of a Data Breach

What to Do When You’re a Victim of a Data Breach

Gone are the carefree days of popping Pac-Man or Frogger into your Atari 2600 without worrying about your personal information jumping across lily pads into the hands of a hacker. Case in point: a breach of personal information associated with Sony Playstation accounts affected approximately 77 million users earlier this year. In the wake of… Read More

Feeling Jittery? Some Credit Advice for any Disaster

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Feeling Jittery? Some Credit Advice for any Disaster

Feeling Jittery? Some Credit Advice for any Disaster

We don’t know about you, but something in the air is making us jumpy. Maybe it’s the combination of earthquakes and hurricanes on the East Coast with wildfires in Texas, or the blackout in Southern California. These days, we’re getting lots of inquiries lately about how consumers can prepare their finances and credit for disaster,… Read More

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