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News

2017

December

13
  • State AGs tell Trump they'll be watching Mulvaney's CFPB. A group of Democratic state attorneys general told President Donald Trump they’re prepared to take matters into their own hands if the administration fails to enforce consumer-protection laws. "State attorneys general have express statutory authority…
12
  • What to do if you lose your cell phone. Tens of millions of phones are lost or stolen each year. If it happens to you, there are steps you can take to find your phone or at least prevent your personal information from falling…
11
  • How Trump will target the federal safety net. The Trump administration and Republicans in Congress are hoping to make the most sweeping changes to federal safety net programs in a generation, using legislation and executive actions to target recipients of food stamps, Medicaid…
  • Bitcoin futures begin trading as price surges. One of the largest exchange holding companies launched trading of bitcoin futures Sunday, as the value of the popular digital currency surges. Bitcoin has enjoyed a gold rush among investors this year, surging more than 1,550%.
09
  • U.S. drops proposal for airlines to disclose bag fees. An Obama administration proposal that would have required airlines disclose checked and carry-on bag fees at the start of a ticket purchase rather than later is being dropped by the Department of Transportation. Airlines are…
  • Should you get an FHA loan or a conventional mortgage?. FHA loans vs. Conventional loans The key to deciding which loan you should get is understanding the characteristics of both programs and how they relate to your financial picture. You could be a good candidate…
08
  • Wells Fargo sanctions are on ice under Trump official. The new acting head of the U.S. consumer finance watchdog is reviewing whether Wells Fargo & Co (WFC.N) should pay tens of millions of dollars over alleged mortgage lending abuse, according to three sources familiar…
  • We all have a stake in the future of the CFPB. Polls consistently show that the CFPB is that rarest form of regulatory agency: one that — after Americans learn more about it — is supported by broad majorities of people belonging to both parties (80…
  • What is Bitcoin?. Bitcoin is a new currency that was created in 2009 by an unknown person using the alias Satoshi Nakamoto. Transactions are made with no middle men – meaning, no banks! Bitcoin can be used to…
  • Can automakers woo Generation Z In other ways?. Ford started its own bike-sharing service recently. It wants to sell to people like me who have no interest in buying a car. The Big Three U.S. automakers — Ford, Fiat Chrysler and General Motors…
  • Welcome students! Need a checking account?. Ms. Sharma is not the only student whose college experience has included a hard lesson in finance. More of her peers are enrolling in checking accounts through their colleges, thanks to a surge in agreements…
07
  • Out-of-pocket health spending in 2016 increased at fastest rate. U.S. health care spending increased to $3.3 trillion in 2016, with out-of-pocket health care costs borne directly by consumers rising 3.9 percent — the fastest rate of growth since 2007.  A shift toward insurance plans that transfer more of the…
 

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