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Fewer Americans Put Off Expenses This Year

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 12.29.2016 | Politics

Americans were less likely to put off expenses in 2016 than they were in previous years, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finds. Many people still made de...

Google Won't Do Business With Predatory Lenders Anymore

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 05.12.2016 | Business

Ads for payday lenders will no longer appear in Google search results, thanks to an update to Google's AdWords policy that the company announced Wedne...

FinTech Could Help Achieve Full Financial Inclusion

Javier Saade | Posted 03.25.2017 | Business
Javier Saade

We are currently in the midst of an incredible confluence of potentially seismic macro trends that touch every soul. The economic and social promise of all this incredible action could help usher in a world which enjoys much more inclusive financial services and capital access.

Hunter Stuart

Your Credit Rating Might Predict How Likely It Is You'll Have A Heart Attack | Hunter Stuart | Posted 11.25.2014 | Business

A new study has found that your credit rating may be able to predict how likely you are to have a heart attack or stroke.

The State of Lending: Progress & More Work

Ellen Schloemer | Posted 02.09.2013 | Money
Ellen Schloemer

This week, the organization I work for -- the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) -- will release the first in a series of reports on the prevalence ...

Want To Sue Your Bank? They May Ask You To Pay Their Legal Fees

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 06.21.2012 | Business

At some banks, there's a nasty little piece of language buried in those terms-and-conditions agreements you have to sign. It says that if there are an...

Catherine New

Soon Public Can Read Consumer Complaints About Credit Cards | Catherine New | Posted 06.19.2012 | Money

Call it the Yelp of the financial services world. Starting today, consumers can see complaints about credit card companies through an online Consu...

Wow... Just Wow: The Depth of the Hole

Jared Bernstein | Posted 08.12.2012 | Business
Jared Bernstein

2012-06-12-Screenshot20120612at4.02.11PM.jpgWe're talking two decades of gains in real median net worth, gone.

Catherine New

Balance Transfer Day Is Not What It Seems | Catherine New | Posted 12.07.2011 | Business

Balance Transfer Day is not what it seems. The seemingly grassroots movement, which piggybacked on the success of November's Bank Transfer Day, is ope...

The 2011 "Noble" Prizes for Personal Finance

Pamela Yellen | Posted 12.11.2011 | Business
Pamela Yellen

Indeed, the Noble Prizes for Personal Finance are not the Nobel Prizes, but they are high honors recognizing the highest levels of achievement in the field of consumer finances.

Creating Your Own Consumer Credit "Magic" -- Without Any Tricks

Pamela Yellen | Posted 11.07.2011 | Business
Pamela Yellen

Presto chango, I can make your credit card bills disappear forever. Ditto auto dealership interest charges and -- in a performance worthy of a curtain call -- perhaps even your student and home loan.

Can the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Enable Open Government by Design?

Alexander Howard | Posted 09.20.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

2011-07-21-heatmap.jpg The consumer bureau, a federal agency launching today, is open to new ideas about how help borrowers make informed decisions.

Elizabeth Warren's Ultra Hip Rap Video Puts the Edge Into Regulating Consumer Financial Services

Sheila Tendy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Sheila Tendy

Overdraft Protection Expires: No More Overdraft Fees Without Opting-In

Huffington Post | Adam J. Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The era of the $35 cup of coffee has come to an end, for most. Unless a consumer chooses to opt-in for overdraft protection, their ATM and debit pu...

Bonuses 2009: Why US Banks Deserve the Taxation Prepared by Obama

Georges Ugeux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Georges Ugeux

Instead of trying to come up with a constructive solutio, the banks failed to accept that their exceptional earnings did not come to them.