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City Cracks Down On Overpriced Manicures...For Men

Posted 05.23.2012 | New York

In post-metrosexual America, plenty of dudes (see: Charles Barkley) are getting manicures, pedicures and waxes. And for years in New York, salons ...

Albany Considering Handing Check Cashers Blank Check for Predatory Lending

Jonathan B. Mintz | Posted 09.17.2011 | New York
Jonathan B. Mintz

A very dangerous bill has made alarming progress in Albany the last few legislative sessions and I fear more of the same in the next session.

BP and the Food Truck Guy

Mark Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Mark Green

Should government destroy New York's Bistro Food truck guy because of three parking tickets, but not revoke the charter of BP for being a corporate recidivist?

Let Cities Put Funds Where They Want

Jonathan B. Mintz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jonathan B. Mintz

It is time to end the anticompetitive restrictions limiting local governments from depositing their funds in institutions that provide the greatest benefits to their residents.

And So It Begins: Text Messages Push The Limits Of New Overdraft Regulations

Jonathan B. Mintz | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jonathan B. Mintz

With the ink barely dry on overdraft reform that still has a few months before it goes into effect, we're already seeing the first wave of industry tactics to undermine these protections.

The Top 10 Financial Products and Services that Must Be Regulated in 2010

Jonathan B. Mintz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jonathan B. Mintz

It's time to reset the debate and get specific about what the CFPA might actually do. Here is my "Top 10 Must-Regulate" list -- the top products and services the CFPA should take on to protect consumers.

The Consumer Financial Protection Agency: It Can Be Done, But Let's Do It Right

Jonathan B. Mintz | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jonathan B. Mintz

Few realize that America is at a critical moment in the history of consumer protection. Last week Barney Frank led the House to pass landmark legislation that focused on protecting consumers.