Interchange Fee Regulations: Who Wins, Who Loses?
Interchange Fee Regulations: Who Wins, Who Loses?
on July 1, 2010

Debit card interchange fees – money merchants pay banks when they accept debit cards – could fall as a result of regulatory reform. Good for merchants? Definitely. Good for you? Maybe not.

When Free Speech Gets Expensive
When Free Speech Gets Expensive
on June 30, 2010

Our constitution guarantees that stating your opinion won’t land you in jail, but that’s no guarantee it won’t land you in the poorhouse.

What Regulatory Reform Means to You
What Regulatory Reform Means to You
on June 25, 2010

Billed as the most sweeping reform since the 1930s, the financial reform bill is close to becoming law. Will it actually reform anything? Here are the main provisions – you be the judge.

Uncle Sam: Let’s Get Smarter About Money
Uncle Sam: Let’s Get Smarter About Money
on June 25, 2010

The new financial reform bill contains a little-known provision establishing an office of financial literacy. Here’s what it might do for you.

New Rule: Advisers Must Give Honest Advice
New Rule: Advisers Must Give Honest Advice
on June 25, 2010

Believe it or not, the people you pay to advise you at Wall Street investment houses aren’t required to act in your best interests. Soon they will be.

Bought a New iPhone? Don’t Lose It
Bought a New iPhone? Don’t Lose It
on June 24, 2010

Replacing some things is expensive. Replacing others is complicated. Replacing an iPhone is both.

Formal Wear: Rent or Own?
Formal Wear: Rent or Own?
on June 24, 2010

When it comes to formal attire, men are the ones who are more likely to rent than own, while women are the opposite. I think both sexes have it wrong.

Not Your Facebook Friend: Your Insurance Company
Not Your Facebook Friend: Your Insurance Company
on June 24, 2010

One more reason to be careful what you say online: One day soon your insurance company may be watching, reading… and canceling your coverage.

New Penalty for Homeowners Who Walk Away
New Penalty for Homeowners Who Walk Away
on June 23, 2010

Losing your home to foreclosure is one thing, but walking away just because it’s financially convenient could keep you out of an FHA-backed mortgage for seven years.

Financial Reform Explained: What The Heck Are Derivatives?
Financial Reform Explained: What The Heck Are Derivatives?
on June 23, 2010

When you hear about financial reform, you often hear about reforming rules for trading derivatives. Here’s what it means and why you should care.

Car Dealers Escaping Oversight?
Car Dealers Escaping Oversight?
on June 23, 2010

It looks like the nation’s 18,000 car dealers will successfully accelerate away from any plan to oversee them via a new consumer regulatory agency.

New Rules Could Increase Bank Fees
New Rules Could Increase Bank Fees
on June 23, 2010

Banks are already preparing new fees on basic banking services as they try to replace revenue lost to financial regulatory reform.

If the Oil Spill Ruined Your Wedding, Would Wedding Insurance Help?
If the Oil Spill Ruined Your Wedding, Would Wedding Insurance Help?
on June 22, 2010

Wedding cancellations because of the Gulf oil spill highlight both the strengths and weaknesses of wedding insurance. Is it worth buying?

Money Advice for Recent Grads
Money Advice for Recent Grads
on June 22, 2010

The transition from student to responsible adult isn’t always an easy one. Here’s some advice to consider as you start down the path.

Congress Takes a Swipe at Swipe Fees
Congress Takes a Swipe at Swipe Fees
on June 21, 2010

If you have a debit card, the cost for using it is likely to drop – for your local merchant. Whether you’ll see the savings or not, only time will tell.

COBRA Subsidy is Gone: Now What?
COBRA Subsidy is Gone: Now What?
on June 21, 2010

People who lose their jobs today don’t get a government-sponsored 65% subsidy for their COBRA health insurance payments.

Bright Idea: Better Light Bulb Labeling Ahead
Bright Idea: Better Light Bulb Labeling Ahead
on June 21, 2010

Starting in 2011, light bulbs will be labeled with brightness and cost to operate, making it easier to comparison shop.

Money and Marriage: Like a Horse and Carriage
Money and Marriage: Like a Horse and Carriage
on June 21, 2010

Only drug addiction and extramarital affairs play a more active role in divorce than disagreements over money, so it makes sense to talk about finances before your marriage.

Supreme Court: Privacy? Not on the Company’s Phone
on June 17, 2010

Rule of thumb: Before you send that dirty text on your company-owned cell phone, imagine that the Supreme Court is going to read it.

JD Power: U.S. Cars Now Beat Imports in Quality – Barely
JD Power: U.S. Cars Now Beat Imports in Quality – Barely
on June 17, 2010

For the first time ever, U.S. cars as a whole beat out imports for quality.

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