CFPB: Tech is Key to Better Consumer Protection

Personal Finance

CFPB: Tech is Key to Better Consumer Protection

CFPB: Tech is Key to Better Consumer Protection

The federal agency set up specifically to add protections for consumers and their finances in dealing with products from banks and other lenders says that it will utilize the latest technology in rolling out safeguards and communicating with borrowers and financial institutions alike. Technology will play a key role in the continuing development of the… Read More

The Future of Your Mortgage Statement?

Mortgages

The Future of Your Mortgage Statement?

The Future of Your Mortgage Statement?

Government regulators introduced new mortgage disclosure forms this week that could help homeowners better understand how much they owe, and monitor their mortgage company for mistakes. The proposed new form, introduced by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is intended to help homeowners avoid the mistakes and fraud that led to the mortgage meltdown. “Given the… Read More

5 Credit Card Catastrophes (and How to Avoid Them)

Credit Cards

5 Credit Card Catastrophes (and How to Avoid Them)

5 Credit Card Catastrophes (and How to Avoid Them)

When it comes to credit cards, there are two kinds of problems: little ones and big ones. I’m talking about the big stuff here. Getting a couple of bucks charged to your credit card in the form of a foreign transaction fee because you ordered shoes from a website that’s based overseas is annoying, for… Read More

Name, SSN Is All a Thief Needs for Tax Fraud

Identity Theft

Name, SSN Is All a Thief Needs for Tax Fraud

Name, SSN Is All a Thief Needs for Tax Fraud

Meeting the April 17 income tax deadline might be the least of your worries. In recent years, the IRS has seen a significant increase in the number of fraud cases involving identity theft, according to Steven Miller, IRS deputy commissioner for services and enforcement. Tax fraud through identity theft can prevent an innocent taxpayer from… Read More

Love and Money: What Statistics Say

Personal Finance

Love and Money: What Statistics Say

Love and Money: What Statistics Say

Is it true that 50% of divorces are due to disagreements over money? In the many years I’ve been writing about credit, I’ve never been able to pin down a specific study to back that “fact” up. But there are plenty of surveys and studies that shed light on how money can affect relationships, and… Read More

Mobile Wallet Technology Growing Amid Consumer Demand

Personal Finance

Mobile Wallet Technology Growing Amid Consumer Demand

Mobile Wallet Technology Growing Amid Consumer Demand

Consumers’ preference for near-field communication (NFC) technologies when mobile shopping is leading numerous retailers to begin utilizing the payment method, according to a report by Insurance News Net. A survey conducted by Parks Associates indicates half of users polled find NFC-enabled mobile wallet technology attractive. Harry Wang, director of mobile research for the firm, stated… Read More

Credit Tips While Going Through a Divorce

Managing Debt

Credit Tips While Going Through a Divorce

Credit Tips While Going Through a Divorce

The process of getting divorced from one’s spouse can be an emotionally draining event. Additionally, though, it can be a trying and complicating time in terms of personal finances, as there can often be ramifications to one’s credit rating. Knowing what to keep an eye on regarding financial information during and following a divorce can… Read More

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