Almost All TARP Funds Have Been Paid Back

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Almost All TARP Funds Have Been Paid Back

Almost All TARP Funds Have Been Paid Back

More than 99 percent of the federal funds given to help keep banks in operation during the recent financial crisis through the Troubled Asset Relief Program’s Capital Purchase Program have now been repaid, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced. Through repayments, interest and other income, the federal government has recouped more than $244 billion… Read More

First-Time Parents: Managing Your Money

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First-Time Parents: Managing Your Money

First-Time Parents: Managing Your Money

Photo by Emery Co Photo — Slide 1 of 6 I recently had a chance to meet with a young couple who’d just gotten the surprise of a lifetime: they were expecting not one, not two, but FOUR babies. Needless to say, they are beside themselves with emotions ranging from utter joy to shock and—as… Read More

Financial News Roundup: Healthcare Law Influences Premiums, Families Struggle with Savings

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Financial News Roundup: Healthcare Law Influences Premiums, Families Struggle with Savings

Financial News Roundup: Healthcare Law Influences Premiums, Families Struggle with Savings

Today’s top news headlines include reasons the healthcare reform may be helping regulate the insurance industry and detailed strategies for homeowners who want to save on mortgage payments. Plus, find out how many Americans are financially equipped for an emergency. California Health Insurer Will Not Raise Costs The New York Times One health insurance company… Read More

Follow Friday: Weekly Web Roundup (3/18/11)

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Follow Friday: Weekly Web Roundup (3/18/11)

Follow Friday: Weekly Web Roundup (3/18/11)

This week’s roundup hits home on many of the topics we’ve recently been covering.  These blogs have plenty of  insight on everything from the interchange fee battle on Capital Hill to the mortgage modification debacle and the Obama Administration’s sweeping plan to help consumers and stabilize the housing market. Plus, an inside look at online… Read More

American Express Sees Fewer Credit Card Delinquencies

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American Express Sees Fewer Credit Card Delinquencies

American Express Sees Fewer Credit Card Delinquencies

The latest regulatory filing from American Express recently revealed that the rate at which consumers were 30 days or more behind on their credit card payments fell to 2 percent in February, according to a report from Dow Jones Newswires. That rate was 2.1 percent during the previous month. Meanwhile, the lender also said it… Read More

A Quiet Revolution in Debit Cards

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A Quiet Revolution in Debit Cards

A Quiet Revolution in Debit Cards

Tired of stuffing a rewards card and a debit card into your wallet? This summer, you could get a card that does both. Offered by a tiny Florida company, the new card could wreak havoc with some of America’s largest banks. It also could also allow merchants to avoid the issue of interchange fees, a… Read More

Your Taxes, Made Simple in 9 Steps

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Your Taxes, Made Simple in 9 Steps

Your Taxes, Made Simple in 9 Steps

Photo by alancleaver_2000 — Slide 1 of 10 Filing your own return may be easier than you think, and in some cases, paying someone else to do it could be a waste of money. Tax returns are due to the IRS this year by April 18th, giving nervous procrastinators three precious extra days to get… Read More

We Owe Them A Debit of Gratitude

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We Owe Them A Debit of Gratitude

We Owe Them A Debit of Gratitude

And so, we begin anew. During the Great Congressional Financial Services Smackdown of 2009 and 2010, Illinois Democrat Richard Durbin inspired fellow Senators to pass an Amendment to the Dodd-Frank Act directing the Federal Reserve to study and, hopefully, reduce the relatively unknown “swipe fees” that banks collect from retailers every time a consumer uses… Read More

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