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Feds Roll Out New Protections for Military Homeowners on the Move

Chris Birk | Posted 08.25.2012 | Business
Chris Birk

Financial problems consistently rank among the top stressors for military families. Mortgage problems at home can weigh heavily on those serving abroad and even affect mission readiness.

Sssshhh!!! Don't Tell Anyone, but Your Government Is Doing Something Good

Preeti Vissa | Posted 08.20.2012 | Business
Preeti Vissa

The message that government rules stifle economic activity is so pervasive that it's easy to forget that intelligent regulation can protect the economic well-being of ordinary Americans, preserving jobs and helping the whole economy.

Catherine New

Watchdog Wins 4 Of 5 Fights For Consumers

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 06.21.2012 | Money

Dory Hayes' credit card complaint started with an honest mistake. And the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau agreed. When she bought a new couch...

Improving Financial Literacy, Here and Abroad

Jason Alderman | Posted 08.20.2012 | Money
Jason Alderman

Would you be surprised to learn that parents in many poorer countries often spend considerably more time talking with their children about money management than in wealthier countries like the U.S. and Canada?

Private Student Loan Debt Is Ruining People's Lives

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 06.15.2012 | Money

The graduates have spoken. Student loan debt is weighing down a generation. This week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau published almost 2,...

Catherine New

CFPB Looks To Make Rules For Prepaid Cards

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 05.23.2012 | Money

The government's top consumer sheriff wants to rein in the Wild West of prepaid cards, even as some of the biggest players in the financial industry m...

Loren Berlin

Mom Can't Get Credit Card, Starts Protest Movement

HuffingtonPost.com | Loren Berlin | Posted 05.22.2012 | Money

Holly McCall, a 34-year-old mother of two from Vienna, Va., grabbed headlines last week with her fight for the right of stay-at-home mothers to open t...

Ben Hallman

Early CFPB Reforms Disappoint Activists

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Hallman | Posted 05.15.2012 | Business

When the framers of the national mortgage settlement agreed to let the deal expire in three-and-a-half years, it was with the assumption that the Cons...

Bank Accused Of Profiting Off Customer Math Errors

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 05.09.2012 | Business

Amidst debate over how much banks value clients, one among them stands accused of purposefully profiting off the math errors of its own customers. ...

Exorbitant Insurance Policies Tipping Homeowners Into Foreclosure

Bloomberg View | the Editors | Posted 05.08.2012 | Business

From Bloomberg View: One of the more confounding aspects of the U.S. housing crisis has been the reluctance of lenders to do more to assist trouble...

Debt Collector Getting People To Pay Up By Being Nice

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 05.01.2012 | Business

Turns out nice guys may not always finish last. Access Receivables, a Baltimore-based debt collection agency, is finding success using a novel app...

Bank Prepaid Cards: Silo or Suite?

Dory Rand | Posted 06.26.2012 | Money
Dory Rand

Imagine Gail, a 30-year-old mother of two school-age children. Gail is on ChexSystems and has a low credit score as the result of actions taken by an ...

A Sign That He's Helping People

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 04.20.2012 | Money

The complaint portals at the newly created Consumer Protection Bureau might really be helping people. On Thursday, Consumerist.com posted a story f...

Watchdog Probing Whether Overdraft Programs Go Far Enough

Posted 04.20.2012 | Business

The top consumer watchdog is scrutinizing big banks to see if their overdraft protection policies are doing enough to keep Americans from unwittingly ...

Payday Lenders Know You Gotta Spend Money To Make Money

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 04.20.2012 | Business

Consumer advocates in Washington have pledged to battle payday lenders, the quick-cash loan shops that often charge ruinously high interest rates to p...

Debt Collectors Sued For Allegedly Impersonating Law Enforcement

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 04.19.2012 | Business

Debt collectors in West Virginia, watch out. The state is coming for you. West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw filed suit against seven un...

Consumer Watchdog Eyes Discrimination By Lenders

AP | DANIEL WAGNER | Posted 04.18.2012 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's consumer-finance watchdog says it is cracking down on lenders that discriminate against minorities and women....

Loren Berlin

Agency Backs Down In Fight To Limit Credit Card Fees

HuffingtonPost.com | Loren Berlin | Posted 04.12.2012 | Money

The government agency tasked with protecting consumers is backing down in its fight to limit credit card fees. The Consumer Financial Protection Bu...

Watchdog To Propose New Rules That Could Save Homes

AP | DEREK KRAVITZ | Posted 06.10.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON — The federal government proposed new rules on Tuesday that will give homeowners more ways to avoid foreclosure and get an accurate a...

This Sneaky Trick Doesn't Work Anymore For Payday Lenders

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 04.24.2012 | Business

Lately, payday lenders have been linking up with Native American tribes as a way to sidestep U.S. law. Federal authorities seem less and less willi...

ARMed and Dangerous: Why We Should Abolish Adjustable Rate Mortgages

Jane White | Posted 06.01.2012 | Money
Jane White

While many in the media have blamed the failures on reckless borrowers, the real driver of the crisis is lawless banks offering "bait-and-switch" adjustable rate mortgages.

8 Ways The Government Is Grappling With Student Loans

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 03.30.2012 | College

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) thinks Congress should change the law to allow borrowers to have their debt from private student loans wiped clean when fili...

Got Finance Questions? Gov't Site Offers Help

Posted 03.22.2012 | Money

It's not quite Siri, but a new online question and answer tool created by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is gunning to be the most comprehen...

Still Waiting On That CEO Pay Rule, Guys

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 03.14.2012 | Business

You know your boss makes more than you. But do you know how much more? The architects of the Dodd-Frank act would like you to know. That's why they...

50 Years Ago This Week, JFK Ushered in Modern Consumer Protection Era

Ed Mierzwinski | Posted 05.13.2012 | Politics
Ed Mierzwinski

As President Kennedy said fifty years ago, consumer protection "is not a game." While we haven't yet achieved all of President Kennedy's ambitious agenda "to make certain that our Nation's economy fairly and adequately serves consumers' interests," it's a cause worth fighting for.