Financial News Roundup: States Increase Fines and Fees, Businesses Prepare For U.S. Default

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Financial News Roundup: States Increase Fines and Fees, Businesses Prepare For U.S. Default

Financial News Roundup: States Increase Fines and Fees, Businesses Prepare For U.S. Default

Today’s top news headlines feature reasons states are imposing higher fines and additional fees and the ways recruiters are using job applicants’ Facebook and social media pages in their hiring decisions. Plus, find out how companies and Wall Street are preparing for the impending debt ceiling decision. Facebook, Social Media May Play Role In Job… Read More

Credit Cards That Want to Show You a Good Time

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Credit Cards That Want to Show You a Good Time

Credit Cards That Want to Show You a Good Time

Did you know that July is National Anti-Boredom Month? Well, if you’ve been bored recently, now you know it’s your duty to take steps to break out of your funk. In fact, you should feel downright obligated to get out of your chair and go have a good time. You can spend a little or… Read More

Getting Married? Here Are Some Credit Tips

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Getting Married? Here Are Some Credit Tips

Getting Married? Here Are Some Credit Tips

Let’s say that big day is quickly approaching—you’re getting ready to marry that special lifetime partner. If this is your situation, Congrats!  You’re probably spending this time tending to the hundreds of details associated with planning a wedding and beginning life as part of a married couple. One aspect of marriage you’ll want to discuss… Read More

Some Fear Mediation an Ineffective Tool to Fight Foreclosure

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Some Fear Mediation an Ineffective Tool to Fight Foreclosure

Some Fear Mediation an Ineffective Tool to Fight Foreclosure

While there are 25 foreclosure mediation programs in 14 states across the country, some now believe they may not be as helpful to troubled homeowners as they were planned to be, according to a report from MSNBC. In Maryland, for example, just 56 successful home loan modifications were granted to consumers through the state’s mediation… Read More

6 Tips to Protect Your Personal Data After a Breach

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6 Tips to Protect Your Personal Data After a Breach

6 Tips to Protect Your Personal Data After a Breach

By Brian McGinley of Identity Theft 911 Data breaches are an everyday occurrence affecting millions of Americans each year. Just ask crafters who shop at Michael’s Stores, Sony PlayStation Network gamers and investors at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. They’re all vulnerable to identity theft and other fraud because their personally identifiable information (PII), such as… Read More

Open Your First Credit Account

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Open Your First Credit Account

Open Your First Credit Account

Establishing credit in your own name is important and entities from mortgage and auto lenders to utilities companies and employers will use your credit history to weigh their decisions. For this reason, it’s important to have at least one credit account in your name to begin building a credit history. You may already have credit… Read More

Foreclosures Plummet to Low in California

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Foreclosures Plummet to Low in California

Foreclosures Plummet to Low in California

San Diego-based research firm DataQuick recently unveiled figures that show the number of foreclosure notices sent to consumers during the second quarter of the year fell significantly from one period to the next as well as on a year-over-year basis, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times. These notices – the first step… Read More

Wells Fargo Hit with Massive Fine for Subprime Loan Mess

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Wells Fargo Hit with Massive Fine for Subprime Loan Mess

Wells Fargo Hit with Massive Fine for Subprime Loan Mess

Wells Fargo recently agreed to pay an $85 million fine stemming from Federal Reserve charges about falsified mortgage applications and attempts to draw borrowers into taking out costlier loans than necessary, according to a report from Bloomberg News. It was the largest civil penalty ever issued by the central bank in a consumer protection case…. Read More

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