CFPB: New Fraud Protection for Soldiers and their Families

Personal Finance

CFPB: New Fraud Protection for Soldiers and their Families

CFPB: New Fraud Protection for Soldiers and their Families

The government’s newest consumer watchdog says it will pay special attention to financial crimes committed against members of the military and their families. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the judge advocate generals of all five military branches announced Wednesday that they will work together to spot and prosecute financial scams targeted at military families…. Read More

Follow Friday: Weekly Web Roundup (7/8/11)

Personal Finance

Follow Friday: Weekly Web Roundup (7/8/11)

Follow Friday: Weekly Web Roundup (7/8/11)

You get a mortgage, and you get a mortgage and you get a mortgage! With credit scores on the rise and plucky consumers learning how to get ahead, there are signs that mortgages are closer than they appear. We also have stories about how cash is out of style and some good ol’ fashioned thievery…. Read More

Talk Credit Radio: What You Need to Know About Annuities

Managing Debt

Talk Credit Radio: What You Need to Know About Annuities

Talk Credit Radio: What You Need to Know About Annuities

Today on Talk Credit Radio: Friday, July 8, 2011 Across the country, many older Americans are struggling with low rates of return on traditional savings accounts and CDs that make it difficult to pay their bills without draining their retirement savings. For some, an annuity would make it possible to turn those savings into a… Read More

Treasury Printing Less Money as Card Use Rises

Credit Cards

Treasury Printing Less Money as Card Use Rises

Treasury Printing Less Money as Card Use Rises

The amount of bills being printed by the federal government has declined steadily in recent years, and has now hit all-time lows in many cases, according to a report from the New York Times. In 2010, the number of $1 bills dropped to a low not seen in modern times, $5 bill production hit its… Read More

S&P Data: Home Prices Increase Slightly in Major Cities

Mortgages

S&P Data: Home Prices Increase Slightly in Major Cities

S&P Data: Home Prices Increase Slightly in Major Cities

For the first time in eight months, home prices in major U.S. cities increased slightly during the first quarter of 2011, according to new data from Standard & Poor’s. But this is no return to the boom years of the housing bubble. More people buying homes locked in fixed rates rather than gamble with interest… Read More

Missing Morgan Stanley Data: Who’s to Blame?

Identity Theft

Missing Morgan Stanley Data: Who’s to Blame?

Missing Morgan Stanley Data: Who’s to Blame?

Two CD-ROMs containing the private information of 34,000 investment clients of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney still have not been found, but the controversy over who’s to blame for the data breach continues to grow. In statements to Credit.com, Morgan Stanley and the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance blame each other for the… Read More

Financial News Roundup: Regulators Investigate Mortgage Lawsuits, Hiring For Graduates Increases

Mortgages

Financial News Roundup: Regulators Investigate Mortgage Lawsuits, Hiring For Graduates Increases

Financial News Roundup: Regulators Investigate Mortgage Lawsuits, Hiring For Graduates Increases

Today’s top news headlines feature the details of new investigations into a number of mortgage lawsuits brought against lenders and figures that reveal more college graduates may see new jobs come their way. Plus, find out how small businesses are faring in the economy. FDIC Investigates Banks’ Mortgage Lawsuits The Huffington Post The Federal Deposit… Read More

Fixed-Rate Private Student Loans – Worth It?

Students

Fixed-Rate Private Student Loans – Worth It?

Fixed-Rate Private Student Loans – Worth It?

There’s a new kind of private student loan in town, with pros and cons that should be weighed before signing up. Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank have recently rolled out fixed-rate student loans to attract more consumers, as the private loan market continues to lose ground to the federal government, which is currently offering subsidized loans… Read More

Government Working In Opposition with Itself on Housing

Mortgages

Government Working In Opposition with Itself on Housing

Government Working In Opposition with Itself on Housing

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – the mortgage backing giants controlled by the federal government – have repeatedly increased lending standards for financial institutions in an attempt to stem losses from defaulted and foreclosed-upon properties. The problem is that this has served to stymie federal attempts to kickstart a housing industry that has flagged since… Read More

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