Act Fast: A Hotline for Elderly Financial Fraud Victims

Personal Finance

Act Fast: A Hotline for Elderly Financial Fraud Victims

Act Fast: A Hotline for Elderly Financial Fraud Victims

If you’re a senior citizen who suspects you’ve been scammed in a financial fraud, or if you are the adult child of a senior facing a possible financial scam, a new hotline may help you report the problem and get help. But you’ll have to act fast. The hotline will only be open for one… Read More

Foreclosure Firm Apologizes for “Inappropriate” Costumes

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Foreclosure Firm Apologizes for “Inappropriate” Costumes

Foreclosure Firm Apologizes for “Inappropriate” Costumes

One of New York’s biggest foreclosure law firms has apologized for employee Halloween party costumes that found their way to the op-ed pages of The New York Times, outraged housing rights activists, and did little to soften the image of an organization that has handled a reported 40 percent of the state’s foreclosure cases. “I… Read More

As Bank Transfer Day Approaches, Credit Unions Winning Big

Personal Finance

As Bank Transfer Day Approaches, Credit Unions Winning Big

As Bank Transfer Day Approaches, Credit Unions Winning Big

At least 650,000 people joined credit unions in the last month, and many more are likely to switch as Bank Transfer Day approaches, according to new studies released this week. That’s many times more than the 80,000 people who normally join credit unions every month, according to Lisa McCue, spokeswoman for the Credit Union National… Read More

Talk Credit Radio: Mind Traps That Can Hurt Your Credit

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Talk Credit Radio: Mind Traps That Can Hurt Your Credit

Talk Credit Radio: Mind Traps That Can Hurt Your Credit

This week on Talk Credit Radio: Friday November 4, 2011 Tune into Talk Credit Radio this week with Credit.com’s personal finance expert Gerri Detweiler, live from 4-5 ET/1-2 PT on WSRQ. Additional ways to listen are listed below. Mind Traps That Can Hurt Your Credit Do your beliefs really affect your credit—or is that just a… Read More

3 Things to Know About Credit Cards from Credit Unions

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3 Things to Know About Credit Cards from Credit Unions

3 Things to Know About Credit Cards from Credit Unions

Bank of America’s misstep with debit card fees has brought a lot of attention to credit unions. Even though Bank of America is “taking back” the fee in response to the outcry from the public, Bank Transfer Day is still set to happen on Saturday, November 5. Even if you don’t switch banks, you can… Read More

A Smart Read: Managing Debt for Dummies

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A Smart Read: Managing Debt for Dummies

A Smart Read: Managing Debt for Dummies

Why should you spend time reading a book about debt management if you don’t have a problem with personal debt? To me the answer is easy: You never know what’s coming down the road. A medical emergency can easily wipe out your savings, forcing you to dip into your credit cards to cover monthly expenses…. Read More

Two Consumer Watchdogs, Two Very Different Reactions

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Two Consumer Watchdogs, Two Very Different Reactions

Two Consumer Watchdogs, Two Very Different Reactions

Two top leaders of the government’s newest consumer protection agency received very different receptions on Capitol Hill this week. Raj Date, interim leader of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, was grilled by a panel of Republicans on the House Financial Services Committee on a range issues, including allegations that the new agency has too much… Read More

Report: Underwater Homeowners Pay More in Interest

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Report: Underwater Homeowners Pay More in Interest

Report: Underwater Homeowners Pay More in Interest

If your mortgage is higher than the actual value of your home, chances are that you’re paying extra money on your mortgage every month. According to a recent study by CoreLogic and the Associated Press, the average underwater homeowner is paying an interest rate that’s nearly 40 percent higher than they could get if they… Read More

Not Your Grandmother’s Credit Union

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Not Your Grandmother’s Credit Union

Not Your Grandmother’s Credit Union

I opened a new credit union account recently. I wasn’t protesting bank fees (my bank still offers free debit cards with rewards), but a local credit union offered me a 1.99% rate on a car loan, and I couldn’t pass that up. While opening the account, I thought back to how different that experience was… Read More

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