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Catherine New

Overdraft Fees Reach A New High

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 01.18.2012 | Business

The cost of not having enough money just got steeper. The median overdraft fee banks charge customers surged to $30 from $27.50 last year, accordi...

Your Flight's Cancelled: Now What?

Kate Hanni | Posted 03.19.2012 | Travel
Kate Hanni

We all know that air travel is never a sure thing. Many flights are delayed or cancelled, for a variety of reasons. But if your flight is cancelled, what do you do? What are your rights?

From The Mailbag: Airfarewatchdog Answers Your Questions About Flying

George Hobica | Posted 03.11.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

What happens when airlines cancel not just flights but entire routes? And will a drop in airfare lead to a partial refund? Airfarewatchdog answers these tough questions about flying.

President's Recess Appointment of Cordray Gives Watchdog Teeth It Needs

Ed Mierzwinski | Posted 03.09.2012 | Business
Ed Mierzwinski

Kudos to President Obama for standing up for consumers this week by making a recess appointment of Richard Cordray to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Can You Inherit Frequent Flyer Miles?

George Hobica | Posted 03.07.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

When Martha Toomey's husband Oscar died, she happened to know the user name and password to his Delta frequent flyer account -- and has been helping herself ever since to his 500,000-plus SkyMiles.

Jennifer Bendery

Richard Cordray: My Appointment Is Valid

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Less than a day after his controversial recess appointment, Richard Cordray on Thursday moved full steam ahead with his plans for runnin...

Verizon's Deal With Big Cable Spells the Demise of the Telecom Act

Joel Kelsey | Posted 03.06.2012 | Technology
Joel Kelsey

We all remember the 1980s and its awesome fashion and music. While some may want to revisit those aspects of the past, I don't think anyone wants to return to the era of the cable and Ma Bell monopolies.

In First Speech, Cordray Vows To Target Shadow Banking Industry

Reuters | Posted 03.06.2012 | Business

By Dave Clarke WASHINGTON, Jan 5 (Reuters) - In his first speech as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Richard Cordray...

Obama's Latest Moves Face Legal Questions

Posted 01.05.2012 | Politics

By Jeremy Pelofsky WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama's appointment of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau could b...

President Obama Appoints Cordray to Head CFPB Over Republican Obstruction

David Arkush | Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics
David Arkush

This morning President Obama appointed former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. It's was the right move, and it's about time.

In Choosing a Bank, 'Be Careful Out There'

Russell Goldsmith | Posted 03.04.2012 | Business
Russell Goldsmith

While Occupy protesters have been criticized for failing to propose many real solutions, one thing they have proposed is that consumers "vote with their feet" by moving money out of the larger financial institutions.

Experts Answer Your Questions About Flying

George Hobica | Posted 03.04.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

Have a question about air travel or airfares? We answer as many as we can, including these about cheap destinations and what to do when your bag goes missing.

Larceny At The Airport: How Not To Fall Victim

George Hobica | Posted 02.19.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

Flying these days isn't just hectic and discombobulating but also is rife with felonious fellow passengers, bandito baggage handlers and shady security screeners.

Your Power As a Citizen Consumer

Auren Kaplan | Posted 02.18.2012 | Business
Auren Kaplan

You are a citizen consumer. You participate in the economy every day with your purchases. And you most certainly have a voice. Companies are starting to fear you, and even more importantly, they are starting to take you more fully into account.

HHS Protects Fla. Consumers From $145 Million Health Insurance Heist

Ethan Rome | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics
Ethan Rome

There are two clear sides in the health care wars, and when the Republicans like Rick Scott and the insurance companies win, America's seniors and families lose.

President Obama's Next Moves on Leadership for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

David Arkush | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics
David Arkush

As expected, last week Senate Republicans blocked President Obama's nomination of Rich Cordray to lead the new CFPB. They continue to hold the agency hostage, taking the unprecedented step of blocking its leadership unless the agency is first weakened.

'This Makes Absolutely No Sense'

AP | Posted 12.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama says there's no reason why his nominee to lead the new consumer protection bureau shouldn't be confirmed by the S...

What To Do If You're 'Bumped' From A Flight

George Hobica | Posted 02.07.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

There's some good news about the airlines' policies concerning "involuntary denied boarding," what you and I would simply call "getting bumped."

Jennifer Bendery

Senate GOP Blocks Obama Nominee

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked an effort to put someone in charge at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a move that preve...

Consumer Bureau Developing Simpler Credit Card Form

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.07.2011 | Business

Imagine a credit card agreement that's short, to the point and easy to understand. If one federal agency gets its way, what you're picturing could bec...

White House, Senate Democrats Turn Up the Heat on Cordray Nomination to Head New Consumer Agency

David Arkush | Posted 02.05.2012 | Politics
David Arkush

The American people have gone too long without someone in the federal government looking out for them instead of the big banks. And House Republicans do not actually have the power to block a recess appointment indefinitely.

Only An Airline Could Get Away With This

George Hobica | Posted 02.04.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

Have a question about air travel or airfares? Airfarewatchdog is here to help.

Jennifer Bendery

White House Targeting GOP Senators In Seven States For Their Support

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House is launching an aggressive, eleventh-hour media blitz this week aimed at pressuring Senate Republicans to confirm a stal...

Starbucks: Stop Taking Away Your Customers' Rights

David Arkush | Posted 02.01.2012 | Business
David Arkush

If you're one of millions of Starbucks customers who might buy or receive a prepaid card this holiday season, you might want to take a moment to send Starbucks a message: Don't take away my rights!

Consumers Complain About Issues That Reform Supposed To Fix

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.01.2011 | Business

Even though last year's financial reform was supposed to make credit cards more transparent, consumers are still complaining about interest rates, bil...