Fed Chief Paints Rosy Economic Picture, But Mind the Thorns

Personal Finance

Fed Chief Paints Rosy Economic Picture, But Mind the Thorns

Fed Chief Paints Rosy Economic Picture, But Mind the Thorns

In a widely anticipated speech, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said Friday that even though the economy’s short-term outlook remains weak, we are nevertheless in the midst of a recovery that will grow in future years. But he also gave a veiled warning that the Fed has done basically all it can to spur… Read More

The Credit Line: “People Search” Sites and Identity Theft

Identity Theft

The Credit Line: “People Search” Sites and Identity Theft

The Credit Line: “People Search” Sites and Identity Theft

Tune in to this week’s installment of The Credit Line, hosted by Credit.com’s chairman and co-founder Adam Levin on Los Angeles’ KFWB 980 AM this Saturday, August 27, at 9 a.m. PST/Noon EST. The show is co-hosted by L.A. radio personality Jeff Levy. Securing Your Identity in the Age of Too Much Information Ever contemplate… Read More

Robo-Signing Battle Heats Up, Again

Mortgages

Robo-Signing Battle Heats Up, Again

Robo-Signing Battle Heats Up, Again

For months, state and federal bank regulators have fought a bitter, but largely private, battle over how to stop abuses by the mortgage servicing industry. That battle broke into the open Wednesday when Tom Miller, the Iowa attorney general who is leading the effort, booted New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman from the group’s leadership… Read More

Facing Eviction, Some Homeowners Still Trashing Homes as Revenge

Mortgages

Facing Eviction, Some Homeowners Still Trashing Homes as Revenge

Facing Eviction, Some Homeowners Still Trashing Homes as Revenge

Three years ago, when the housing crisis first hit Las Vegas, John Carver lost track of all the homes destroyed by homeowners facing eviction. Holes punched in walls and paint spilled on carpets were common forms of destruction; some homeowners even spray painted much of the interior, and let animals defecate inside. “I would say… Read More

$2 a Gallon Gas, Michele Bachmann? Aim Higher.

Personal Finance

$2 a Gallon Gas, Michele Bachmann? Aim Higher.

$2 a Gallon Gas, Michele Bachmann? Aim Higher.

Big city-dwellers notwithstanding, American consumers may purchase gasoline more frequently than any other item. In fact, according to a 2009 Nilson report, when it comes to credit card purchases, gas is the most frequent purchase. Food, groceries and retail items are also on the list, but when you think about it, it makes sense—most Americans… Read More

City Passes Tough New Foreclosure Rules for Banks

Mortgages

City Passes Tough New Foreclosure Rules for Banks

City Passes Tough New Foreclosure Rules for Banks

The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts, unanimously passed two of the toughest anti-foreclosure laws in the nation this week, the Associated Press reports. The laws are designed to protect homeowners and lower the cost of the housing crisis on local government, supporters say. “The Springfield City Council has given residents real, tangible tools to fight… Read More

Which Students Are Debt Free?

Students

Which Students Are Debt Free?

Which Students Are Debt Free?

Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of Finaid.org and Fastweb.com describes the average profile of college students graduating with zero debt.

A Credit Card Checklist for Natural Disasters

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A Credit Card Checklist for Natural Disasters

A Credit Card Checklist for Natural Disasters

Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf coast with 145-mile-an-hour winds on August 29, 2005. Almost six years later, many people are still recovering. And as I write this, Hurricane Irene, hitting the Caribbean hard, is headed toward the East Coast with a predicted landfall along North Carolina this weekend. On Tuesday, an earthquake—a 5.9, no less—hit… Read More

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