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Hidden Fees

Follow The Money: Sniffing Out Hidden Wealth Management Fees

April Rudin | Posted 09.14.2016 | Business
April Rudin

Financial advisors can be very creative about the fees they charge to clients in the distribution of investment instruments. Do you know what you are paying for? Are your advisor's interests aligned with yours?

A Hilariously Accurate Depiction Of What Budget Airlines Are Really Like

The Huffington Post | Jamie Feldman | Posted 08.11.2015 | Travel

Travel is stressful. Budget travel is nothing short of a nightmare. Airlines like Frontier and Spirit tout themselves as a cost-efficient way to fly, ...

SiriusXM Charges an Extra (Hidden?) Fee for Music!

Richard Robbins | Posted 01.24.2015 | Business
Richard Robbins

Music is at the core of the service SiriusXM provides. What's next? Will dairies start charging a fee above the advertised price of milk to cover the costs of feeding cows? Perhaps a Bovine Maintenance Fee?

Prepaid Debit Cards: Are They Right For You?

Eric Adamowsky | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Eric Adamowsky

Just because Russell Simmons, Magic Johnson, Justin Bieber and a host of other celebrities are endorsing prepaid debit cards, it doesn't mean they are right -- or wrong -- for you. Here's how to work through the decision.

8 Budget-Busting Travel Fees (And How to Avoid Them)

George Hobica | Posted 09.27.2013 | Travel
George Hobica

You booked the flight, you got the hotel, the rental car. You're set, you're done, no surprises. Right? Well, maybe not. Keep your eyes peeled for these eight, often very expensive travel fees. With a little extra effort, many of them can be avoided.

The Once-Friendly Skies are Now Plagued With Turbulence

Lorie Eber | Posted 06.10.2013 | Fifty
Lorie Eber

If you're a boomer, you're old enough to remember when flying was a treat. Those days are long gone. Today, air travel is on par with colonoscopy prep.

The Ethical Investor: Wall Street Ripoff #3 - Hiding Fees and Expenses

John R. Talbott | Posted 11.14.2012 | Money
John R. Talbott

In addition to the egregious stated fees, stockbrokers, mutual funds and financial advisors on Wall Street have many methods to hide additional fees and charges from you.

Beware: Your 401(k) Plan Has Hidden Fees!

SaveUp | Posted 09.01.2012 | Money

The importance of keeping investment fees low is a good rule of thumb, not limited to 401(k) plans. We want to be mindful of the fees we pay when it comes to any investment.

33 Ways To Avoid Annoying Fees

Kiplinger | Posted 06.18.2012 | Money

In our monthly survey of Kiplinger's readers, we asked which fees were the most bothersome. You told us that travel fees bug you the most, followed by...

Catherine New

High Card Fees Didn't Even Help Banks, Report Finds | Catherine New | Posted 05.10.2012 | Money

Outrageous credit card fees are not only bad for consumers; they're actually bad for business. That's the somewhat surprising conclusion of a new r...

The Bait and Switch Deception of Price vs. Cost

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 02.01.2012 | Business
Sarah O'Leary

The marketing industry created and later perfected one of the most time honored of consumer deceptions, "Plus Shipping and Handling."

How To Find A Truthful Price For An Airline Ticket

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 03.20.2012 | Travel
Blake Fleetwood

The outrage is not that the airlines are doing anything illegal, but that all this deceptive advertising has been perfectly legal for years.

Predatory Tactics Still Plague Auto Loans

iWatch News | David Heath | Posted 06.12.2011 | Business

After the financial crisis exposed the devastation caused by predatory lending, state and federal authorities vowed to protect consumers from practice...

CNBC Does Not Understand How Regulation Works

Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Zach Carter

You may very well find some unpleasant new fee in a banking statement this year. But it will have nothing to do with new consumer protections, regardless of what CNBC anchors tell you.

How To 'Stop Getting Ripped Off'

Bob Sullivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Bob Sullivan

Hidden fees may be a daily annoyance for you; but for America, they are an economic calamity.

Arthur Delaney

HuffPost Readers Share Credit Card Laments; Banks Blame Economy For Rate Hikes | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Since our call for readers to send their unhappy credit-card stories, woeful tales of hiked rates and reduced limits have struck our inbox like The Bl...