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Verizon's 'Pick Your Own Cable TV Channels' Is Just Another Bait & Switch -- Read the Fine Print

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.22.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

This plan's advertised price cost is $10.00 and yet the actual costs to the customer are $32.00, hiding a whopping 220% above this advertised price. Is this 'fair and reasonable'? Is this deceptive advertising? Where are the savings for buying this 'slim package'?

31 Worst Fees in America

GOBankingRates | Posted 05.21.2015 | Money
GOBankingRates

Like the insidious overdraft penalty, the key to avoiding a replacement fee is to keep careful watch of your debit card and not lose it. If you do, try to take out cash through a teller and be patient until your replacement card arrives.

Time Warner Cable's Triple Play Gluttony and the Net Neutrality Rules

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 05.22.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

For those who say, well, the new net neutrality order will fix everything, (assuming it makes it through various, expected court battles), I'll detail a few of the good things about the order as it relates to these charges, then give you the reality -- it doesn't fix most things.

Hedge Fund Win-Win Fee Model -- Innovative and Fair in Many Respects

Spiros Margaris | Posted 05.06.2015 | Money
Spiros Margaris

Most hedge funds charge management fees of 1-2 percent of assets under management and, in addition, performance fees of 20 percent.

9 Fees to Cut From Your Life

Barry Choi | Posted 05.03.2015 | Money
Barry Choi

I hate paying fees; they cut into our cash flow and they can cost us big in the long run. It's amazing how fees are charged for everything these days, fortunately a lot of these fees you can eliminate or control.

Net Neutrality Is Now Just 'Net Ridiculous'

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 04.16.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Net Neutrality itself doesn't solve America's communications problems and we hope that the FCC decides to actually investigate our claims that a) Verizon failed to disclose that the networks are already Title II.

What Fees Are Actually Worth Paying for?

Map Happy | Posted 04.04.2015 | Travel
Map Happy

Fees are the reality of flying today, and it's left us with a whole bunch of to-pay-or-not-to-pay questioning. So, which extras are actually worth paying for?

Economy Class Gets An Upgrade... Wait, Make That a Downgrade

Christopher Elliott | Posted 03.27.2015 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

When the cheap seats get a makeover, it's easy to assume that's good news for the average air traveler. But not all upgrades are the same. In fact, Alaska's and Delta's are worth closer looks, because they offer dramatically different visions of air travel in 2015.

Pros and Cons of Reverse Mortgages

Jason Alderman | Posted 03.23.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

Over the last decade, reverse mortgages have been aggressively pitched in TV ads as an easy way for seniors to cash in their home equity to pay for living expenses. However, for many, improper use of the product -- such as pulling all their cash out at one time -- has led to significant financial problems later, including foreclosure.

10 Fees You Should Think Twice About Paying Again

Posted 12.04.2014 | Money

There’s nothing worse than receiving a bill and noticing that someone has slipped in a bunch of arbitrary fees. Whether we’re faced with processin...

10 Smart Ways to Avoid Checking Account Fees for Good

MyBankTracker | Posted 01.25.2015 | Money
MyBankTracker

From ATM fees to monthly maintenance fees to the infamous and expensive overdraft fee, these fees can add up if you're not careful. Last year, they paid out $32.5 billion in bank charges and penalties.

The Quickest Way to Build Credit Using a Secured Credit Card

Curtis Arnold | Posted 01.19.2015 | Money
Curtis Arnold

The good news for those in need of a secured credit card is there are tons of options. Which also happens to be the bad news, since all those choices can quickly overwhelm and make you despair of ever finding the right fit.

Time Warner Cable's Advertised $89.99 Triple Play: Now $190.77. What the F@$#X$!?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 12.18.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

You can never, ever get the advertised price because it doesn't include many of the fixed costs, like the set top box, not to mention it is littered with pass-throughs of the company's taxes and fees, including the cable franchise fees.

The Invisible Hand Is in Your Pocket Now

Llewellyn King | Posted 11.23.2014 | Business
Llewellyn King

We are witnessing a vast change in the way we pay for things with tipping subsidizing companies, fees fattening airlines, banks and hotels against the interest - and often the foreknowledge - of the customer.

Hotel Fees Add Yet Another Cost To Travel

AP | SCOTT MAYEROWITZ | Posted 08.25.2014 | Travel

NEW YORK (AP) — Forget bad weather, traffic jams and kids asking, "Are we there yet?" The real headache for many travelers is a quickly-growing list...

The Stealing of America By the Cops, the Courts, the Corporations and Congress

John W. Whitehead | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

For those with any accounting ability, it's clear that the total sum of the expenses being charged to the American taxpayer's account by the government add up to only one thing: the loss of our freedoms.

Never Mind What the Constitution Says, Our Prison System Has Run Amok

Gerry Myers | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

Taxpayers are paying thousands of dollars to send people to prisons when the fines are less than the cost of incarceration. Some counties even brag about the amount of money raised from fines, but they are using false math.

Your Airfare Is About To Get A Little Pricier

AP | Posted 06.23.2014 | Travel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Airline passengers are about to pay more for security screening. Following orders from Congress, the Transportation Security Admi...

Time for Bad Businesses to Pony Up: Cheat Your Workers and Our Communities? Pay a Fee.

Sarita Gupta | Posted 08.09.2014 | Business
Sarita Gupta

Over half of the Fortune 500 companies in this country made a profit every year between 2008 and 2012. Yet together, those companies dodged a combined $73.1 billion in state income taxes.

How Much Are You Paying? Knowing Your Asset Management And Mutual Fund Fees

Bradford M. Pine | Posted 08.06.2014 | Money
Bradford M. Pine

When it comes to managing their investments, many people are simply unaware of what they're paying. We are often tempted to turn a blind eye to fees, especially when feeling uncertain about how things work or even the questions we should be asking.

SunTrust Raises Out-of-Network ATM Fee: 5 Things to Know for the Week

MyBankTracker | Posted 06.29.2014 | Money
MyBankTracker

This week, SunTrust Bank will join some of the other big banks in making it more expensive for customers to use an out-of-network ATM. Other things to...

Which Fees Cost You the Most?

Manilla.com | Posted 06.22.2014 | Money
Manilla.com

Vendors use the bait-and-switch tactic of hidden fees because the deeper you get in the purchasing process, the more incentives you have to complete it.

Verizon New Jersey Local Service Increases, 1982-2014 -- 440 Percent

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.18.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Let us be clear. You pay a local service bill. It has charges on it that you must pay and you can't get service without it. If Verizon doesn't want to count these charges, then why shouldn't the customer have the right to not pay what's not being counted?

Enough With Airline Fees!

Kevin Richberg | Posted 06.08.2014 | Travel
Kevin Richberg

A group of frequent travelers channeled their frustrations with airline fees into this open letter to the major airlines in the U.S. Their bottom ...

4 Ways to Avoid ATM Withdrawal Fees

MyBankTracker | Posted 05.20.2014 | Money
MyBankTracker

Someone who uses an out-of-network ATM five times per month is looking at a monthly expense around $20 to $25, or $240 to $300 per year.