Don’t Take Out a Car Loan Before Reading This
Don’t Take Out a Car Loan Before Reading This
on June 9, 2016

Use the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new “Know Before You Owe” shopping guide and get the car loan that is right for you.

Buyer Beware: 7 Prepaid Cards With Hidden Fees
Buyer Beware: 7 Prepaid Cards With Hidden Fees
on May 26, 2016

An analysis of 10 prepaid debit cards found that seven failed to meet standards on disclosures that the federal government has proposed.

Google Is Banning These ‘Deceptive’ and ‘Harmful’ Ads
Google Is Banning These ‘Deceptive’ and ‘Harmful’ Ads
on May 11, 2016

Come mid-July, your Google search will be free of advertisements for payday loans. Find out why Google is giving payday lending ads the boot.

Feds Want to Help You Sue Banks, Credit Card Companies
Feds Want to Help You Sue Banks, Credit Card Companies
on May 6, 2016

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has announced a proposed new regulation that would help consumers bring class-action lawsuits against financial institutions.

Why Old-Fashioned Paper Statements May Be a Better Choice
Why Old-Fashioned Paper Statements May Be a Better Choice
on April 19, 2016

Credit card companies, banks and financial institutions are always pressing to get us to switch over to e-statements and give up paper. Here’s why you should think twice before they convince you to “go green.”

5 Ways to Outsmart the Robots That Are Stealing Our Jobs
5 Ways to Outsmart the Robots That Are Stealing Our Jobs
on March 30, 2016

Automation is expected to wipe out 7 million jobs in the next five years, adding only 2 million new ones. Have you got a survival plan?

Can Feds Cut Red Tape When Death, Divorce Threaten Homeownership?
Can Feds Cut Red Tape When Death, Divorce Threaten Homeownership?
on March 27, 2016

Consumer group, bankers square off over rules that govern loans on properties that are inherited or awarded in a divorce or separation.

Banks, Credit Unions Urged to Protect Seniors From Fraud
Banks, Credit Unions Urged to Protect Seniors From Fraud
on March 24, 2016

Family members, caregivers, scam artists, financial advisers and others preying on seniors steal billions from them each year. The government says financial institutions should be ready to step in.

8 Questions You Must Answer Before Tapping a Home Equity Loan
8 Questions You Must Answer Before Tapping a Home Equity Loan
on February 10, 2016

Are rebounding home values tempting you to use the equity in your house as an ATM? Ask yourself these questions first.

How to Spot a Loan That Can Bring You Down: 6 Red Flags
How to Spot a Loan That Can Bring You Down: 6 Red Flags
on January 27, 2016

Risky loans didn’t disappear after the financial crash. Scary home loans, auto loans and payday loans live on. Here are some tips for safe borrowing.

These 3 Big Banks Collected $6 Billion in ATM and Overdraft Fees
These 3 Big Banks Collected $6 Billion in ATM and Overdraft Fees
on January 14, 2016

For consumers, ATM and overdraft fees are a scourge, but for bankers they are crazy profitable. Find out the worst offenders for 2015.

Resolutions 2016: Get the Financial Help You Need to Kick Your Debt in the Butt
Resolutions 2016: Get the Financial Help You Need to Kick Your Debt in the Butt
on December 31, 2015

All financial counselors are not created equal. Here’s how to avoid scoundrels and find people who will really help you conquer your debts.

Free Tool Helps You Decide When to Claim Social Security
Free Tool Helps You Decide When to Claim Social Security
on December 8, 2015

A new calculator helps people determine the best age at which to claim Social Security benefits. It also has a big advantage over other similar services.

Corinthian Colleges Socked With $530 Million Judgment
Corinthian Colleges Socked With $530 Million Judgment
on October 29, 2015

The court ruled against the shuttered for-profit college chain for its predatory lending practices, a decision that could lay the groundwork to help indebted former students.

Another Blow for Embattled For-Profit ITT Colleges
Another Blow for Embattled For-Profit ITT Colleges
on October 21, 2015

There are at least 18 attorneys general and three federal agencies investigating this college chain. Here’s the latest government move to restrict the institution.

Big Changes Afoot to Protect Consumers — Like You
Big Changes Afoot to Protect Consumers — Like You
on October 8, 2015

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is considering a rule change to stop companies from using mandatory arbitration contract language to prevent class-action lawsuits.

What You Need to Know About the New Mortgage Rules
What You Need to Know About the New Mortgage Rules
on October 2, 2015

Changes that kick in Saturday are intended to make the process of getting a mortgage more transparent for most of us. Here’s the skinny.

Are You Being Unfairly Charged for Mortgage Insurance? Know Your Rights
Are You Being Unfairly Charged for Mortgage Insurance? Know Your Rights
on September 22, 2015

Loan servicers have a history of collecting these payments even after the insurance should no longer be required. Here’s how to make sure you don’t overpay.

Using Everyday Opportunities to Teach Your Kids Money Smarts
Using Everyday Opportunities to Teach Your Kids Money Smarts
on September 21, 2015

A strong financial foundation begins early. Even a trip to the shoe store can provide a child with a valuable lesson.

Debt-Relief Firm Accused of Bilking 21,000 Consumers
Debt-Relief Firm Accused of Bilking 21,000 Consumers
on September 16, 2015

The federal government alleges that this law firm collected tens of millions in illegal upfront fees from debt-laden consumers and did not deliver on promises to help them.

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