FTC to Investigate Debt Collectors on Facebook

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FTC to Investigate Debt Collectors on Facebook

FTC to Investigate Debt Collectors on Facebook

As we’ve covered in previous stories, debt collectors have started to use Facebook and other social media websites to track down people who owe money. The Federal Trade Commission has noticed this trend, too. The agency announced last week that it will hold a workshop to discuss the topic on April 28. Titled “Debt Collection… Read More

Colorado Foreclosure Assistance Program Receives State Grant

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Colorado Foreclosure Assistance Program Receives State Grant

Colorado Foreclosure Assistance Program Receives State Grant

The Colorado Foreclosure Hotline was recently given a two-year grant worth $600,000 by the state’s attorney general’s office. The money will come largely from fines levied against Countrywide and Wells Fargo, part of those companies’ penalties stemming from allegations of mortgage fraud. [Featured Tool: Get your free Credit Report Card from Credit.com] Currently, the Colorado… Read More

Credit Score Reason Codes: What They Mean and Why You Should Care

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Credit Score Reason Codes: What They Mean and Why You Should Care

Credit Score Reason Codes: What They Mean and Why You Should Care

While knowing your credit score is important, understanding the context of where your score resides within the overall score range, and having insight into why it’s not higher, empowers you to focus on score improvement strategies that will help you successfully increase your credit score and gain access to better credit terms—which ultimately saves you… Read More

Banks Jack Up ATM Fees, Blame Regulations

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Banks Jack Up ATM Fees, Blame Regulations

Banks Jack Up ATM Fees, Blame Regulations

Get ready for big fee increases at your nearest ATM. Some of the nation’s largest banks are boosting fees on their automated teller machine networks. The new fees could be especially costly for people who withdraw cash from another bank’s ATM. Chase is now charging Illinois residents $5 every time a non-customer withdraws money from… Read More

4 Ways the IRS Can Pay for School

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4 Ways the IRS Can Pay for School

4 Ways the IRS Can Pay for School

It’s as American as apple pie! No member of Congress gets re-elected after voting against parents, kids and education. That’s why the education goodies flavoring our tax code are so sweet. Here are four of the best:

Pay Your Taxes With Plastic? Beware.

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Pay Your Taxes With Plastic? Beware.

Pay Your Taxes With Plastic? Beware.

If you’re thinking about paying you taxes with a credit card, hold on a second. Yes, charging your taxes might make sense. Right now, at the height of the tax season, banks are boosting the rewards and frequent flier miles they give to people with good credit, as we reported recently. But a little-known fee… Read More

Financial News Roundup: Retirement Confidence Plummets, Jobless Seek Out Internships

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Financial News Roundup: Retirement Confidence Plummets, Jobless Seek Out Internships

Financial News Roundup: Retirement Confidence Plummets, Jobless Seek Out Internships

Today’s top news headlines feature new figures showing a significant shortfall in the amount Americans are saving for retirement and data revealing businesses are beginning to purchase equipment and supplies again. Plus, find out where unemployed Americans are turning for job experience. More Unemployed Americans Apply for Unpaid Internships The Los Angeles Times A large… Read More

Home Affordable Refinance Program Extended

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Home Affordable Refinance Program Extended

Home Affordable Refinance Program Extended

I wrote previously about the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP), one of the best kept secrets for homeowners who want to take advantage of low mortgage rates, but who don’t have a lot of equity in their homes. The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHA) has announced the program will be extended through June 30, 2012…. Read More

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