And the Facebook Woes Go On …

Identity Theft

And the Facebook Woes Go On …

And the Facebook Woes Go On …

BitDefender, the antivirus company, recently released a study that one in five Facebook users are exposed to malware through bogus news feeds. The statistics were gleaned from the beta app Safego. More than 14,000 FB users have installed the app, which isn’t much of a sample considering there are a half-billion users. As CNET put… Read More

Is the Fed’s New Credit Card Rule Sexist?

Personal Finance

Is the Fed’s New Credit Card Rule Sexist?

Is the Fed’s New Credit Card Rule Sexist?

The Federal Reserve says it’s trying to protect consumers from credit card scams. But feminist groups, some retailers and consumer advocates say the government’s credit card proposal is sexist, and threatens to return women to the kind of financial subservience many experienced four decades ago. “It’s just outrageous,” Eleanor Smeal who led the National Organization… Read More

How to Avoid Online Tracking. (Hint: You Can’t.)

Identity Theft

How to Avoid Online Tracking. (Hint: You Can’t.)

How to Avoid Online Tracking. (Hint: You Can’t.)

Online advertisers want to know everything they can about you. To understand why, consider the snow blower. Let’s say it’s January, and Home Depot has 30,000 snow blowers it wants to sell. There are some customers that Home Depot doesn’t want, like people in Arizona. The retailer probably doesn’t care about customers in Manhattan, either,… Read More

New Study: Bank Deposits On Rise

Managing Debt

New Study: Bank Deposits On Rise

New Study: Bank Deposits On Rise

Consumer bank deposit rates are rising as high as they have at any point in the last 18 months. What’s the rush to deposit more cash in the banking till? It’s actually a combination of rosier economic predictions, more income, and a stronger savings ethic in the aftermath of the Great Recession. The question is… Read More

Local Banks See Lower Mortgage Default Rates for Consumers

Mortgages

Local Banks See Lower Mortgage Default Rates for Consumers

Local Banks See Lower Mortgage Default Rates for Consumers

Even the riskiest borrowers tend to have an easier time dealing with their home loan obligations if they got their mortgage from smaller local banks, according to a new study from researchers at the Ohio State University. If two homeowners with similar credit ratings get a loan for the same amount and at the same… Read More

The Latest on Foreign Transaction Fees

Credit Cards

The Latest on Foreign Transaction Fees

The Latest on Foreign Transaction Fees

When you’re traveling overseas and you use your credit card to pay for dinner, you’re probably being charged a foreign transaction fee. What’s this fee for? Credit card issuers charge this fee for any transaction made in a foreign currency or on purchases that involve a foreign bank. It used to be called a currency conversion fee. … Read More

B of A’s Big Bill for Bad Loans Finally Comes Due

Mortgages

B of A’s Big Bill for Bad Loans Finally Comes Due

B of A’s Big Bill for Bad Loans Finally Comes Due

Bank of America will pay the government $2.6 billion to resolve hundreds of thousands of illegal or fraudulent mortgage loans. And the nation’s largest bank could still be on the hook for billions of dollars more if additional homeowners fail to repay loans that were made illegally. Still, the agreement is much smaller than many… Read More

Financial News Roundup: IRS Filing Delay, Cutting Mortgage Payments

Personal Finance

Financial News Roundup: IRS Filing Delay, Cutting Mortgage Payments

Financial News Roundup: IRS Filing Delay, Cutting Mortgage Payments

Today’s top news headlines feature advice on how to use payroll tax deduction and reduce monthly mortgage payments. Plus, find out why bankruptcy filings were so high in 2010. Itemizers Must Wait to File Taxes CNN Money The Internal Revenue Service announced taxpayers who plan to itemize their deductions must wait until mid- to late-February… Read More

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