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  • MoneyGram to pay $125M for violating terms of 2012 settlement. MoneyGram International Inc., the Dallas-based cash-transfer company, agreed to pay $125 million in penalties to the U.S. Justice Department for violating the terms of a 2012 settlement related to accusations that some MoneyGram agents defrauded customers.
  • Republicans unlikely to protect pre-existing conditions. In campaign speeches, advertisements and interviews, Republican politicians are showing a zeal for protecting Americans with pre-existing health conditions. President Trump has gone the furthest, saying not only that he will ensure protections for the
  • Thrift Savings Plan investment limit to increase. The standard limit on investments will rise from $18,500 to $19,000 in 2019 in the Thrift Savings Plan for federal employees along with similar retirement savings plans such as 401(k)s, the Internal Revenue Service announced last week.
  • How to take charge of your medical care. Walking into a doctor's office or hospital can be intimidating. But when you go armed with the right tools and frame of mind, you can walk out of that appointment or hospital stay feeling
  • How to buy a used phone without getting fleeced. Apple, Samsung and Google have all launched their new phones. Everyone in the world is itching to upgrade to the latest and greatest, but not you. You’re a deal hunter, and while everyone
  • SoFi's advertisements mislead borrowers. The Federal Trade Commission accuses SoFi, a popular student loan refinancing company, of misleading borrowers on how much its services would actually save them.
  • Untangling coverage choices under Obama health law. Despite efforts by President Trump and congressional Republicans to hobble the Affordable Care Act, the health insurance marketplace it created is still standing. When open enrollment starts on Thursday — in most places it runs
  • How to avoid these common bank fees. Three of the most common fees — monthly checking account maintenance fees, overdraft charges and out-of-network ATM fees — can all be avoided.
  • Relaxing bank rules. What goodies are the banks getting?. The Federal Reserve proposed loosening rules for 16 financial institutions, an important move forward in the Trump administration’s effort to roll back bank regulation. Perhaps the most significant change concerned a rule aimed at

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