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Retirement Account Balances Reach a Record High

Retirement Account Balances Reach a Record High

Retirement Account Balances Reach a Record High

It’s no secret Americans aren’t great at saving for retirement. Actually, the research on that is pretty startling, but it seems people who are saving might be getting better at it. Retirement account balances have hit record highs and contributions have increased, according to an analysis from Fidelity Investments, one of the largest mutual fund... Read More

Homeownership Rate Sinks to Lowest Level Since 1993

Homeownership Rate Sinks to Lowest Level Since 1993

Homeownership Rate Sinks to Lowest Level Since 1993

The percentage of U.S. residents who own their homes is at the lowest point it has been for more than 20 years, according to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau. In the first quarter of 2015, 63.8% of people owned their housing units, down from 64.8% at the start of 2014 (these figures are... Read More

Despite Legal Uncertainties, Some Pot Dispensaries Accept Credit Cards

Despite Legal Uncertainties, Some Pot Dispensaries Accept Credit Cards

Despite Legal Uncertainties, Some Pot Dispensaries Accept Credit Cards

It’s been more than a year since legal recreational pot sales started in Colorado, and as much as dispensary owners enjoy the booming business, they’re sick of swimming in cash. Though the Department of Justice released regulations last year allowing banks to accept money from legal dispensaries, it’s still a federal crime — the announcement... Read More

Anonymous Donor Pays Mortgage of Man Who Lost His Home in Mudslide

Anonymous Donor Pays Mortgage of Man Who Lost His Home in Mudslide

Anonymous Donor Pays Mortgage of Man Who Lost His Home in Mudslide

In March last year, a mudslide killed Tim Ward’s wife and some of his pets; he lost his home that day, too. Ward suffered severe injuries, including a crushed pelvis, but on top of all the tragedy, he also needed to figure out what to do about the mortgage he had on a home that... Read More

44K Cars Were Stolen Last Year Because People Left Keys in Them

44K Cars Were Stolen Last Year Because People Left Keys in Them

44K Cars Were Stolen Last Year Because People Left Keys in Them

Having your car stolen would be a terrible thing to experience, but apparently thousands of Americans aren’t thinking about that because they leave their keys in their vehicles — and then the cars get stolen. Sure, it may seem like a no-brainer to not leave your keys in an unattended vehicle, but people are increasingly making... Read More

CFPB: Bank Charged $50M in Illegal Overdraft Fees

CFPB: Bank Charged $50M in Illegal Overdraft Fees

CFPB: Bank Charged $50M in Illegal Overdraft Fees

Consumers were charged nearly $50 million in illegal overdraft fees by Alabama-based Regions bank, federal regulators said Tuesday. The bank, which operates in 16 states, failed to get consumers to opt-in to overdraft coverage, failed to stop charging illegal fees for nearly a year after it discovered the activity and also charged illegal fees in... Read More

Govt & One of Nation’s Largest Mortgage Lenders Sue Each Other

Govt & One of Nation’s Largest Mortgage Lenders Sue Each Other

Govt & One of Nation’s Largest Mortgage Lenders Sue Each Other

The U.S. government filed a lawsuit against Quicken Loans, one of the nation’s largest mortgage lenders, for allegedly improperly originating and underwriting Federal Housing Administration (FHA) home loans, the Department of Justice announced April 23. The Detroit-based lender closed $140 billion in mortgages from 2013 through 2014 and is the nation’s largest FHA mortgage lender,... Read More

Celebrities Donate $500K for College Scholarships

Celebrities Donate $500K for College Scholarships

Celebrities Donate $500K for College Scholarships

For millions of American students, scholarships are crucial to making college affordable and avoiding the sometimes-overwhelming burden of student loan debt. Anthony Anderson, star of the TV show “Black-ish” remembers how difficult it was to pay for college, even 20 years ago. “My parents couldn’t afford sending me to school, so I understand firsthand,” Anderson... Read More

‘Delayed, Harassed & Threatened’: Feds Fine Mortgage Servicer $63M

‘Delayed, Harassed & Threatened’: Feds Fine Mortgage Servicer $63M

‘Delayed, Harassed & Threatened’: Feds Fine Mortgage Servicer $63M

Nationwide mortgage servicing company Green Tree will pay $63 million to settle allegations that it mistreated mortgage holders, federal authorities revealed this week. According to a statement on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s website, “The mortgage servicer failed to honor modifications for loans transferred from other servicers, demanded payments before providing loss mitigation options, delayed... Read More

Senior Center Resident Reportedly Lost $335K in ID Theft Scam

Senior Center Resident Reportedly Lost $335K in ID Theft Scam

Senior Center Resident Reportedly Lost $335K in ID Theft Scam

An Alabama woman has reportedly agreed to plead guilty to identity theft and bank fraud charges for a scheme in which she stole more than $300,000 from an elderly resident at the senior center where she was employed. Shostocka Keya Ward, 43, of Vestavia Hills, used the resident’s bank account and credit card without authorization... Read More

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