Startup to Translate Financial Fine Print

Personal Finance

Startup to Translate Financial Fine Print

Startup to Translate Financial Fine Print

Different members of the Credit.com news team spent time at Finovate this week, a convention for companies introducing new tech products for the financial services industry. But probably the coolest thing we saw at the convention had no technology at all, no product, and no business plan. It’s called Transparency Labs, and it’s a startup… Read More

In Senate Run, Warren Comes Out Swinging

Personal Finance

In Senate Run, Warren Comes Out Swinging

In Senate Run, Warren Comes Out Swinging

It’s barely been a week since Elizabeth Warren announced she would run for Senate in Massachusetts, but the consumer advocate and Harvard law professor is already finding her stride as a barnstorming candidate. After a year spent trying to prove that she can get along with Congressional Republicans and Wall Street Bankers as President Obama’s… Read More

New Watchdog Agency to Target Mortgage Servicers

Mortgages

New Watchdog Agency to Target Mortgage Servicers

New Watchdog Agency to Target Mortgage Servicers

The leader of America’s consumer watchdog agency for financial products explained his view of problems plaguing the mortgage servicing industry on Tuesday, and gave some hints about what changes his agency might make to ensure that homeowners are protected in the legal system. Raj Date, interim director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, said in… Read More

Your Card Gets Canceled. What Happens to Your Score?

Credit Score

Your Card Gets Canceled. What Happens to Your Score?

Your Card Gets Canceled. What Happens to Your Score?

Previously on NBC’s Today Show, I received a viewer question regarding her credit score. It was a bit of a tricky question, so I asked our resident credit expert Tom Quinn to weigh in. First, here’s the question: I have just one credit card, which I have had since approximately 1994. It currently carries no balance… Read More

Obama: Let Debt Collectors Call Our Cell Phones

Managing Debt

Obama: Let Debt Collectors Call Our Cell Phones

Obama: Let Debt Collectors Call Our Cell Phones

How does President Obama propose to reduce America’s nearly $15-trillion debt? In small part, by letting the government’s debt collectors call our cell phones. Buried on page 28 of the president’s debt plan is a proposal to allow private contractors collecting money owed the federal government to call debtors’ cell phones in their efforts to… Read More

Marketing Credit Cards to College Students: How the CARD Act Changed the Game

Students

Marketing Credit Cards to College Students: How the CARD Act Changed the Game

Marketing Credit Cards to College Students: How the CARD Act Changed the Game

It’s fall and students are back at college soaking up vast amounts of knowledge. At least that’s what the parents think, right? One thing we can be sure of, though, thanks to the Credit CARD Act of 2009, is that students now enjoy more consumer protections. The Act restricts credit card issuers from giving a credit card to… Read More

Hurry Up and Wait: Google Wallet is Coming (Eventually)

Personal Finance

Hurry Up and Wait: Google Wallet is Coming (Eventually)

Hurry Up and Wait: Google Wallet is Coming (Eventually)

Swipe your phone, make a purchase. That’s the idea behind Google’s new Google Wallet payment system, which the technology hydra unveiled in demo form late last week (click here, and scroll down to the first video to see it in action). To use the system, consumers pick which credit card they want to use by… Read More

What Google Advisor Can Do For You

Personal Finance

What Google Advisor Can Do For You

What Google Advisor Can Do For You

In case you missed the news in May, Google has a tool designed to make the tedious and sometimes bewildering task of comparing financial products like mortgages, CDs, checking accounts, savings accounts and, of course, credit cards, a bit easier on consumers (full disclosure, Credit.com offers many of the same products and services on its… Read More

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