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Credit Access for Stay-at-Home Spouses, Partners Expanded

Jason Alderman | Posted 08.05.2013 | Business
Jason Alderman

Establishing one's own credit history is crucial to gaining favorable interest rates and access to credit, especially when non-working spouses get divorced or their spouse dies unexpectedly.

College Cost and Student Loan Debt

Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. | Posted 08.03.2013 | College
Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr.

Student loans are a serious long-term obligation, but they are also far and away the smartest debt that a young person can incur. The college degree that you help finance with those loans will increase your lifetime earnings by hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Mysterious World of DC Centrism vs. a Platform That Real Voters Would Like

Mike Lux | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

D.C. Centrism embraces what the political establishment, especially including the big special interests who tend to control this town, thinks is right, even when the vast majority of Americans are opposed to it.

Improving Women's Financial Literacy, Worldwide

Jason Alderman | Posted 07.15.2013 | Business
Jason Alderman

Are the 70 percent of the developing world's adult population who have no formal bank account doomed to a life of economic uncertainty and financial i...

Shahien Nasiripour

Consumer Agency Calls For Student Debt Relief

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.08.2013 | Business

Households struggling under the weight of student debt burdens moved one step closer to a lifeline Wednesday, after the federal consumer regulator sug...

Shahien Nasiripour

Regulators Sound The Alarm About Risks Of Student Debt

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 04.23.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The panel of senior U.S. regulators charged with safeguarding the financial system will warn this week about risks posed by the rapidly ...

In the Public Interest: Senator McConnell Says We Shouldn't Have a CFPB At All

Ed Mierzwinski | Posted 06.22.2013 | Business
Ed Mierzwinski

What are some of the protections we wouldn't have at all, if Senator McConnell and Wall Street have their way and we didn't have a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau at all?

OCC Ya! The Government Agency That Should Fine Itself

Adam Levin | Posted 06.19.2013 | Business
Adam Levin

Let's face it. The biggest bank regulator in the U.S. is an abject failure. Worse, it's costing us oodles of money, and not just from bounced checks.

Shahien Nasiripour

High Student Debt Poses Risk To Economic Growth, Fed Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 04.17.2013 | Business

Policy makers on the Federal Reserve’s interest-rate setting panel have for the first time identified high student debt burdens as a risk to economi...

Eleazar David Melendez

Federal Regulator Issues Tiny Fine For Financial Companies Engaged In Massive Fraud

HuffingtonPost.com | Eleazar David Melendez | Posted 04.04.2013 | Business

For more than a decade, four mortgage insurance companies paid illegal kickbacks to banks as part of a scheme that greatly inflated insurance costs fo...

The Greatest Disappointment

Mike Lux | Posted 06.01.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

There is a new report out once again reminding us of the greatest disappointment progressives have in the Obama administration: the lack of toughness in regards to Wall Street. Until the Obama administration fixes this problem, the rest of the economy is going to keep suffering.

An Agenda to Make Sure Consumers are Heard

Chris Meyer | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Chris Meyer

Eight of the nation's leading consumer groups are calling on President Obama and Congress to give consumers a greater voice in Washington.

Senate Panel Approves Top Regulators

AP | Posted 05.19.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON — A Senate panel has approved Mary Jo White's nomination to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission and sent it along for a final...

Elizabeth Warren Accuses Senate GOP Of 'Keeping The Game Rigged'

The Huffington Post | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 03.14.2013 | Politics

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) blasted Senate Republicans on Thursday for continuing to stall Richard Cordray’s nomination to lead the Consumer Fin...

Mark Gongloff

Elizabeth Warren Blasts Senate Republicans For Holding Up CFPB Nomination

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Gongloff | Posted 03.13.2013 | Business

Elizabeth Warren may be glad she didn't end up running the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, because in her consolation job as a U.S. senator, she...

Sequester's Sire

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

If Mr. Cordray's recess appointment is successfully challenged, the consumer will be the loser. The Republicans will be the winners. Winning, rather than governing, is apparently, the point.

Debt Collector Threatened Dead Woman

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 02.22.2013 | Business

A Houston woman has called a debt collector “cruel” and “despicable” after the collector threatened her sister. Her sister, she says, died ba...

Will the Real Sen. Warren Please Stand Up?

C. Westbrook Murphy | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics
C. Westbrook Murphy

Consumer advocate and newly elected U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren should oppose the nomination of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Debt Collection Reforms Are Past Due

Pamela Banks | Posted 04.09.2013 | Business
Pamela Banks

Buying and selling debt has become a big business in the U.S. The FTC found that debt buyers typically purchase portfolios of debt for only four cents on the dollar, on average, and then collect on those debts for the full face value -- which nets them a huge profit.

Qualified Mortgages From the CFPB: Buyer Beware!

D. Sidney Potter | Posted 02.04.2013 | Business
D. Sidney Potter

Misrepresenting oneself to oneself has to be the lowest form of self-flattery. Not only does it breach the mother of all truism -- "know thyself" (wri...

Tax Relief Scams: Where Crime Does Pay

Don McNay | Posted 04.08.2013 | Business
Don McNay

I saw a "pat on the back" news release from the Federal Trade Commission today: "FTC Settlement: Tax Relief Scammers Agree to Pay More Than $15 Million." If you go down a couple of sentences, it notes that the scheme bilked consumers out of $100 million. Crime does pay.

What's With This Hill-Billy Fixation? Warren Should Be the Next President

Jane White | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Jane White

For the life of me I can't fathom what these folks are excited about. Don't get me wrong, as a feminist I've always celebrated the accomplishments of the superior sex but the inconvenient truth is that she's not that impressive.

Jennifer Bendery

Mitch McConnell, 42 Republicans Vow To Block CFPB Nominee Without Agency Changes

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Get ready for a replay of last year's bitter fight over confirming Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. ...

GOP Senators Vow To Block Another Obama Nominee

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Renewing a 3-year-old fight over bank oversight, Senate Republicans said Friday they will oppose President Barack Obama's nominee t...

Rein in Wall Street, Say Small Business Owners

John Arensmeyer | Posted 02.01.2013 | Small Business
John Arensmeyer

Considering the oft-politicized nature of this topic, it's noteworthy that not only was this a majority Republican sample, but more than seven in 10 Republican owners believe we need tougher rules for holding Wall Street accountable. Entrepreneurs aren't politically minded, they're business minded.