Gas Prices Could Set Record High This Labor Day

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Gas Prices Could Set Record High This Labor Day

Gas Prices Could Set Record High This Labor Day

Gas prices don’t usually spike over the Labor Day weekend, but this year could become the exception. The average price for a tank of gasoline is already 80 cents higher than it was a year ago. At $3.62 for a gallon of regular, that’s close to the all-time record for this time of year, according… Read More

FTC Orders Refunds For Those Tricked into Prepaid Cards

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FTC Orders Refunds For Those Tricked into Prepaid Cards

FTC Orders Refunds For Those Tricked into Prepaid Cards

More than 110,000 consumers who applied for online payday loans but were tricked into paying for prepaid cards instead will be getting a check in the mail, thanks to a settlement reached by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced by the agency on August 31. While the total amount being refunded is large—$1.9 million—the checks… Read More

Is Richard Cordray the New Elizabeth Warren?

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Is Richard Cordray the New Elizabeth Warren?

Is Richard Cordray the New Elizabeth Warren?

Richard Cordray started impressing people in politics when he was still a teenager. It was 1978, and Cordray was just another off-the-street volunteer for Dick Celeste’s first campaign for governor of Ohio. The campaign office was a perpetually busy hub packed with young, bright people working on behalf of the Democratic hopeful. Cordray was a… Read More

Save Money with Good Grades

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Save Money with Good Grades

Save Money with Good Grades

The government may be scrapping its incentives program that rewarded graduate students with a reduced interest when they paid their monthly loan on time, but some students may still be able to save money with good behavior. In fact, good grades will now earn you a better interest rate at U.S. Bank. There are, in… Read More

Oregonians Face Big Collections Bills for Back Taxes

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Oregonians Face Big Collections Bills for Back Taxes

Oregonians Face Big Collections Bills for Back Taxes

If you owe a tax debt in the state of Oregon, you might want to pay it soon. Beginning Oct. 1, residents who owe back taxes will have to pay collection fees on top of the fines and tax money they owe the state. [Related: Daddy Make the Bad Man Go Away] The cost of… Read More

Discover Bids Farewell to Disposable Card Numbers

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Discover Bids Farewell to Disposable Card Numbers

Discover Bids Farewell to Disposable Card Numbers

Discover announced this week that it will end its program that gives consumers a disposable credit card number for each online purchase they make, saying the security measure is no longer needed now that the card network has improved security in other ways. The company has “added security measures to protect customers from fraudulent use… Read More

Want Free Checking? Try a Smaller Bank

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Want Free Checking? Try a Smaller Bank

Want Free Checking? Try a Smaller Bank

If you value your free checking account, now might be the time to join millions of Americans who are switching banks. The nation’s largest banks are abandoning the concept of free checking, leaving small banks and credit unions to pick up the slack, according to a recent study by Moebs Services, a banking industry research… Read More

Credit Cards for College Travel Expenses

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Credit Cards for College Travel Expenses

Credit Cards for College Travel Expenses

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to paying for college expenses. Sure, it always involves tuition and books, but some parents have the expense of actually getting their kid to college. This can be outrageously expensive if you both have to fly. Here are some credit card suggestions to help you save money… Read More

How To Pay For College With A 529 Savings Plan

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How To Pay For College With A 529 Savings Plan

How To Pay For College With A 529 Savings Plan

A number of separate studies all confirm one thing both parents and college-bound students already know: the cost of tuition is rising steeply and is expected to continue climbing. So as you watch your toddler play or send your daughter off to her first day of kindergarten, you may be wondering how you’ll be able… Read More

Fed: Loans to Poor People Did Not Cause Crisis

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Fed: Loans to Poor People Did Not Cause Crisis

Fed: Loans to Poor People Did Not Cause Crisis

In the debate over who caused the financial crash of 2008, some argue that it was poor people. Specifically, as people including Peter Wallison of the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute argue, government requirements that banks give mortgages to people who couldn’t afford to repay them forced a broad loosening of lending rules, which… Read More

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