Having Fun with Your Finances

Personal Finance

Having Fun with Your Finances

Having Fun with Your Finances

Call me crazy, but I’d much rather play a couple of rounds of Angry Birds rather than make a plan to pay down my credit card debt. It turns out a lot of people think games are more fun than twiddling with budgets on a spreadsheet. That’s why the trend of “gamification”— incorporating game-like elements… Read More

Financial News Roundup:  Few Employers Hire ‘Idle’ Americans, Struggling Cities May Merge

Personal Finance

Financial News Roundup: Few Employers Hire ‘Idle’ Americans, Struggling Cities May Merge

Financial News Roundup:  Few Employers Hire ‘Idle’ Americans, Struggling Cities May Merge

Today’s top news headlines feature a new strategy many cities are considering to overcome budget problems and creative ways unemployed Americans are advertising themselves to employers. Plus, find out why more individuals are taking on part-time jobs. Americans Work Part-Time to Avoid Gaps in Resume The Wall Street Journal Many employers look unfavorably on applicants… Read More

RockYou! Data Breach Lawsuit Moves Forward

Identity Theft

RockYou! Data Breach Lawsuit Moves Forward

RockYou! Data Breach Lawsuit Moves Forward

A California judge has decided that a lawsuit against a major online gaming company for alleged privacy violations can move forward. RockYou!, the company that makes the ridiculously popular “Jungle Jewels” and other Facebook-based games, is being sued for having exposed millions of users’ names, passwords and email addresses as the result of a data… Read More

How Sale Prices Nudge Us Into Buying Junk Food

Personal Finance

How Sale Prices Nudge Us Into Buying Junk Food

How Sale Prices Nudge Us Into Buying Junk Food

Photo by Christian Cable Deep down, people want to buy healthy food. Unhealthy foods have a negative association, with terms like “vice foods” and “guilty pleasures.” But even well-intentioned consumers have a hard time resisting buying the unhealthy stuff when they’re on sale. Price discounts can help consumers overcome their guilt of buying junk food,… Read More

Massachusetts Residents See Foreclosure Slip Considerably

Mortgages

Massachusetts Residents See Foreclosure Slip Considerably

Massachusetts Residents See Foreclosure Slip Considerably

There were 1,048 foreclosure petitions filed in Massachusetts during March, marking a 59.4 percent decline from the 2,581 recorded during the same month in 2010, according to the latest monthly statistics from Boston-based consultancy firm the Warren Group. Similarly, there were a total of 2,535 foreclosure actions take in all of the first quarter in… Read More

Do You Believe You Can Buy Happiness? If So, Watch Your Credit

Personal Finance

Do You Believe You Can Buy Happiness? If So, Watch Your Credit

Do You Believe You Can Buy Happiness? If So, Watch Your Credit

Do you believe that a new purchase will transform your life? That a new set of golf clubs will make you more successful in business, or a new swimming pool will reduce your family strife? If so, you’re more likely to get into credit trouble, according to recent research by Marsha Richins, a professor of… Read More

More Consumers Turning Back to Credit Cards

Credit Cards

More Consumers Turning Back to Credit Cards

More Consumers Turning Back to Credit Cards

In the last year, 20 percent of Americans said they attempted to shop around for a new credit card, according to the latest statistics from the tracking firm comScore. Another 34 percent said they were feeling optimistic about the economy. [Resource: The Best Credit Cards in America: Cash Back and Travel Rewards] “As we see consumer… Read More

Stay-at-Home Parents Struggle to Obtain Lines of Credit

Credit Cards

Stay-at-Home Parents Struggle to Obtain Lines of Credit

Stay-at-Home Parents Struggle to Obtain Lines of Credit

The Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 specified that lenders must consider a consumer’s individual income when they apply for a new line of credit, which has left many stay-at-home parents without the ability to get an account in their own name, according to a report from U.S. New and World Report…. Read More

Study: Car Buyers Pay $25.8 Billion in Secret Fees

Auto Loans

Study: Car Buyers Pay $25.8 Billion in Secret Fees

Study: Car Buyers Pay $25.8 Billion in Secret Fees

Americans will pay car dealers an extra $25.8 billion in interest over the lives of auto loans taken out in 2009, according to a new report by the Center for Responsible Lending. That translates to an additional $714 for every customer who received a loan through a car dealer. Dealers extracted the extra payments by… Read More

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