ID Theft Watch: Old Cell Phones Contain Key Private Data

Identity Theft

ID Theft Watch: Old Cell Phones Contain Key Private Data

ID Theft Watch: Old Cell Phones Contain Key Private Data

Thinking about selling your second hand mobile phone, or donating it to charity? If you’ve just purchased the latest iPhone or Android, you might want to take a few extra precautions before getting rid of your old phone so that you don’t leave yourself open to identity theft.  A New U.K. study has the facts,… Read More

Mortgage Lenders Reluctantly Begin Altering Home Loan Terms

Mortgages

Mortgage Lenders Reluctantly Begin Altering Home Loan Terms

Mortgage Lenders Reluctantly Begin Altering Home Loan Terms

The nation’s largest mortgage lenders have reluctantly agreed to alter the home loans of about 100,000 financially troubled consumers in recent months as a result of pressure from both the federal government and a coalition of the 50 state attorneys general, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. These lenders – Bank of… Read More

Report: Credit Card Protection Plans Cost Lots, Offer Few Benefits

Credit Cards

Report: Credit Card Protection Plans Cost Lots, Offer Few Benefits

Report: Credit Card Protection Plans Cost Lots, Offer Few Benefits

If you buy debt protection on your credit card, you’re probably paying too much and getting little in return. Those are the results of a study released last Friday by the Government Accountability Office into debt protection products, which credit card companies advertise as a way to protect yourself from sudden tragedies like unemployment or… Read More

Financial News Roundup: Medicaid Programs in Peril, Vacancy Rates Increase

Personal Finance

Financial News Roundup: Medicaid Programs in Peril, Vacancy Rates Increase

Financial News Roundup: Medicaid Programs in Peril, Vacancy Rates Increase

Today’s top news headlines highlight new actions states are taking in preparation of reduced Medicaid funding and a controversial change Michigan made to unemployment compensation. Plus, find out how many U.S. homes are empty. Reduced Federal Medicaid Funding Prompts States to Cut Services CNN Money U.S. states are being forced to cut services, raise co-pays… Read More

Strange Bedfellows in Debit Interchange Fee Fight

Personal Finance

Strange Bedfellows in Debit Interchange Fee Fight

Strange Bedfellows in Debit Interchange Fee Fight

Politics makes strange bedfellows, goes the saying. In the fight over how much retailers pay every time you swipe your debit card, the old cliché holds especially true. An unlikely coalition, including organizations from Bank of America to the NAACP, is calling on Congress to postpone the deadline for new rules regarding debit card interchange… Read More

Solar Panels for Everybody!

Personal Finance

Solar Panels for Everybody!

Solar Panels for Everybody!

Imagine buying a brand-new home that came equipped with solar panels. And it isn’t a million-dollar mansion—it’s actually the cheapest house on the block. Homebuilder KB Homes announced that it will offer solar panels as standard equipment on every house it builds in ten subdivisions across southern California. Including something as expensive as solar panels… Read More

Boost College Retention With Financial Literacy

Students

Boost College Retention With Financial Literacy

Boost College Retention With Financial Literacy

Student success starts with financial literacy. That was the message I shared with more than a hundred college instructors in Las Vegas this past weekend at the Pearson Student Success National Forum, hosted by my publishing team at Pearson Higher Education. As students grapple with the rising cost of tuition, many colleges are struggling with… Read More

10 Money Saving Ways To Go Green

Personal Finance

10 Money Saving Ways To Go Green

10 Money Saving Ways To Go Green

So what’s a budget-conscious yet green-minded consumer to do? Surely I’m not suggesting that we all just throw our hands in the air and stop trying, right? No, but I am suggesting that there are ways to be environmentally friendly that not only won’t blow your budget — they’ll actually save you cash. Here, I’ve selected 10 green savings tips from experts.

Financial News Roundup: Banks Tack On Home Insurance, Unemployment Adversely Impacts Housing Industry

Personal Finance

Financial News Roundup: Banks Tack On Home Insurance, Unemployment Adversely Impacts Housing Industry

Financial News Roundup: Banks Tack On Home Insurance, Unemployment Adversely Impacts Housing Industry

Today’s top news headlines shed light on new obstacles homeowners are facing and the ways in which high unemployment rates are contributing to the housing market slump. Plus, consumers are urged to take a day to organize their finances. Banks Impose Costly Flood Insurance Policies on Mortgage Loan Borrowers The New York Times Many homeowners… Read More

A Hassle-Free Daily Deal?

Personal Finance

A Hassle-Free Daily Deal?

A Hassle-Free Daily Deal?

Daily deal websites can seem so exciting at first. Sign up and you’ll be inundated with deep discount offers at your favorite merchants and fun new stores you’ve never heard of. The price cuts can be as high 50%, sometimes even more. But the excitement can wear off quickly. After you join, the number of… Read More

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