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2018

September

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  • Airlines are raising the cost of checked bags. Get ready to pay even more the next time you fly with checked baggage. Just before Labor Day, JetBlue and United Airlines raised the bag fee for most travelers to $30 from $25. Delta Air Lines followed
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  • Nearly half of cellphone calls will be scams by 2019. Nearly half of all cellphone calls next year will come from scammers, according to First Orion, a company that provides phone carriers and their customers caller ID and call blocking technology. The barrage of fraudulent
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  • Three generations share one problem: Student debt. It is the massive, and growing, financial burden weighing on three generations in the U.S.: student debt. Up to 40 percent of Americans have had to put off financial and personal goals in order to
  • Consumers will feel pain from Trump's trade war. The Trump administration seems confident that consumers will not feel pain from its escalating trade war with China. But a pain-free trade war with China is nearly impossible. For American consumers, prices have already risen
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  • CFPB pursues first lawsuit of Mulvaney era. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is accusing an Irvine company of targeting pensioners with high-cost deceptive loans. The case filed in federal court in Santa Ana might not in recent years have garnered much attention,
  • The mortgage market is back, with new risks. As the overall mortgage market grows to a record size, the Federal Reserve is retreating from the sector it rescued, raising concerns about a potential uptick in volatility. And as the housing recovery and rising
  • We're measuring the economy all wrong. The notion that our most prominent economic indicators are problematic has been around for a long time. Kuznets himself, the economist who invented G.D.P. as we know it, cautioned people not to confuse
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