Getting a Divorce?  Here’s How to Protect Your Credit

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Getting a Divorce? Here’s How to Protect Your Credit

Getting a Divorce?  Here’s How to Protect Your Credit

Going through a divorce is a painful experience on many levels. Adding to the stress are the many important decisions you need to make that will have both short- and long-term impacts.  If you are planning to divorce or have finalized a divorce, decisions regarding personal finances—including your credit—are extremely important and need to be… Read More

Financial News Roundup: Home Prices Plummet, Mortgage Fraud Rises

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Financial News Roundup: Home Prices Plummet, Mortgage Fraud Rises

Financial News Roundup: Home Prices Plummet, Mortgage Fraud Rises

Today’s top news headlines feature obstacles to the housing market, including falling home prices as a result of foreclosure and an increase in the incidence of mortgage scams. Plus, find out why more Americans are appealing their property taxes. Foreclosures Drag Down Home Prices CNN Money Elevated foreclosure rates are negatively impacting U.S. home values,… Read More

Hollywood Video Collection Abuses Stopped

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Hollywood Video Collection Abuses Stopped

Hollywood Video Collection Abuses Stopped

Imagine getting turned down for a mortgage or a credit card because once, ten years ago, you failed to make good on a video rental fee. Many consumers found themselves in just that situation after Hollywood Video went bankrupt in 2010, and a collection agency working on the company’s behalf tried to collect $244 million… Read More

Bin Phishin’?

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Bin Phishin’?

Bin Phishin’?

Last week, the President and Commander in Chief announced something many Americans had been anticipating (though less and less, as time passed) for nearly a decade. Osama bin Laden, the person responsible for the single largest murder of Americans in history had been found and summarily executed in a stunningly efficient covert operation carried out… Read More

Credit Cards to Help You Save Money on Gas

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Credit Cards to Help You Save Money on Gas

Credit Cards to Help You Save Money on Gas

Gas prices are getting ridiculously high, aren’t they? Here are a few credit cards that offer a little price relief in the form of cash rebates. BankAmericard Power Rewards Visa Signature Card You earn triple points on gas, drug stores and groceries for the first six months after opening your account. Spend at least $100 within… Read More

Congress Probes Google, Apple on Tracking

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Congress Probes Google, Apple on Tracking

Congress Probes Google, Apple on Tracking

Apple and Google had a smoother time on Capitol Hill than many people expected on Tuesday, as representatives of the companies appeared before Congress to defend their practices of using mobile devices to physically track consumers. Senator Al Franken, who chaired the privacy hearing, started the event off with praise for both companies. “Don’t get… Read More

Lower Swipe Fees May Have Severe Consequences for Consumers

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Lower Swipe Fees May Have Severe Consequences for Consumers

Lower Swipe Fees May Have Severe Consequences for Consumers

Some of the largest banks and lenders in the U.S. have already begun altering the programs they offer to customers in preparation for the possible implementation of a rule to cut the amount they can charge for swipe fees, according to a report from CNN Money. For example, many have axed debit rewards cards, boosted… Read More

Credit Report Mistakes? Here’s How to Fix Them

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Credit Report Mistakes? Here’s How to Fix Them

Credit Report Mistakes? Here’s How to Fix Them

When you find a mistake on your credit report, the advice is always the same: dispute it. It is your right under federal law to dispute incorrect or incomplete information with both the credit reporting agency (or agencies) reporting the data, as well as with the furnisher—the issuing credit card company, auto lender or debt… Read More

Financial News Roundup: Florida Slashes Unemployment Benefits, Homemakers Have Difficulty Securing Credit

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Financial News Roundup: Florida Slashes Unemployment Benefits, Homemakers Have Difficulty Securing Credit

Financial News Roundup: Florida Slashes Unemployment Benefits, Homemakers Have Difficulty Securing Credit

Today’s top news headlines feature new ways banks are using technology to conduct transactions and a new Florida bill that would tie jobless benefits to the state’s unemployment rate. Plus, find out why stay-at-home parents may have a more difficult time securing a credit card. Florida To Reduce Jobless Benefits CNN Money Florida became the… Read More

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