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The Invisible Hand Is in Your Pocket Now

Llewellyn King | Posted 09.23.2014 | Business
Llewellyn King

We are witnessing a vast change in the way we pay for things with tipping subsidizing companies, fees fattening airlines, banks and hotels against the interest - and often the foreknowledge - of the customer.

Hotel Fees Add Yet Another Cost To Travel

AP | SCOTT MAYEROWITZ | Posted 08.25.2014 | Travel

NEW YORK (AP) — Forget bad weather, traffic jams and kids asking, "Are we there yet?" The real headache for many travelers is a quickly-growing list...

The Stealing of America By the Cops, the Courts, the Corporations and Congress

John W. Whitehead | Posted 08.14.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

For those with any accounting ability, it's clear that the total sum of the expenses being charged to the American taxpayer's account by the government add up to only one thing: the loss of our freedoms.

Never Mind What the Constitution Says, Our Prison System Has Run Amok

Gerry Myers | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

Taxpayers are paying thousands of dollars to send people to prisons when the fines are less than the cost of incarceration. Some counties even brag about the amount of money raised from fines, but they are using false math.

Your Airfare Is About To Get A Little Pricier

AP | Posted 06.23.2014 | Travel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Airline passengers are about to pay more for security screening. Following orders from Congress, the Transportation Security Admi...

Time for Bad Businesses to Pony Up: Cheat Your Workers and Our Communities? Pay a Fee.

Sarita Gupta | Posted 08.09.2014 | Business
Sarita Gupta

Over half of the Fortune 500 companies in this country made a profit every year between 2008 and 2012. Yet together, those companies dodged a combined $73.1 billion in state income taxes.

How Much Are You Paying? Knowing Your Asset Management And Mutual Fund Fees

Bradford M. Pine | Posted 08.06.2014 | Money
Bradford M. Pine

When it comes to managing their investments, many people are simply unaware of what they're paying. We are often tempted to turn a blind eye to fees, especially when feeling uncertain about how things work or even the questions we should be asking.

SunTrust Raises Out-of-Network ATM Fee: 5 Things to Know for the Week

MyBankTracker | Posted 06.29.2014 | Money
MyBankTracker

This week, SunTrust Bank will join some of the other big banks in making it more expensive for customers to use an out-of-network ATM. Other things to...

Which Fees Cost You the Most?

Manilla.com | Posted 06.22.2014 | Money
Manilla.com

Vendors use the bait-and-switch tactic of hidden fees because the deeper you get in the purchasing process, the more incentives you have to complete it.

Verizon New Jersey Local Service Increases, 1982-2014 -- 440 Percent

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.18.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Let us be clear. You pay a local service bill. It has charges on it that you must pay and you can't get service without it. If Verizon doesn't want to count these charges, then why shouldn't the customer have the right to not pay what's not being counted?

Enough With Airline Fees!

Kevin Richberg | Posted 06.08.2014 | Travel
Kevin Richberg

A group of frequent travelers channeled their frustrations with airline fees into this open letter to the major airlines in the U.S. Their bottom ...

4 Ways to Avoid ATM Withdrawal Fees

MyBankTracker | Posted 05.20.2014 | Money
MyBankTracker

Someone who uses an out-of-network ATM five times per month is looking at a monthly expense around $20 to $25, or $240 to $300 per year.

Do Airlines Want to Hide the Real Cost of a Ticket? (POLL)

Christopher Elliott | Posted 05.17.2014 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

So far, the debate about the Transparent Airfares Act has been fairly predictable, with airline representatives and their supporters lining up to defend the bill and consumer advocates denouncing it. But here's one question that has gone unasked: Are passengers really clamoring for a "transparent" airfare?

Airline Fees Become Straight-Up Unbelievable

www.usatoday.com | Posted 02.03.2014 | Travel

Airline fees for everything ranging from booking a trip by phone to checking a bag are on the rise, and four carriers are levying fees of $400 or more...

What to Do When Your Bags Cost More Than Your Ticket

Christopher Elliott | Posted 03.29.2014 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

A luggage fee that exceeds your airfare? Welcome to the wacky world of a la carte fees -- a world filled with consumer "benefits" that airline apologists believe you'll love.

Angry Variable Annuity Owners Seek Restitution

Chris Wang | Posted 03.15.2014 | Money
Chris Wang

If you are considering buying an annuity, it is important to take your time to understand exactly what you are buying and know it will meet your needs.

More Nonsense Travel Fees In 2014?

Christopher Elliott | Posted 02.09.2014 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

Something tells me I'll be hearing from a lot more consumers who are slammed by microjunk fees in 2014. Mind the little things next year, or you could be among them.

Do Travel Companies Charge Too Many 'Junk' Fees? (POLL)

Christopher Elliott | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

My view of junk fees -- and, by the way, I'm right about this -- is far more inclusive. If a fee isn't adequately disclosed, can't be adequately explained and generates enough outrage, let's call it what it is: junk.

6 Things About Travel That'll Really Make You Mad

Christopher Elliott | Posted 12.04.2013 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

These six things should make you come unhinged, too. They're flat-out wrong and beg for regulation.

If You Thought Airline Fees Were Bad, Read This

Christopher Elliott | Posted 09.20.2013 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

At the intersection of Highway 20 and Highway 101 in Willits, Calif., you'll find three service stations. But look closely before you pump gas, otherwise you could pay a lot more than you expect. What follows is a cautionary tale about junk fees from an industry we tend to ignore.

Flying to College: 4 Tips to Avoid Baggage Fees

Courtland Thomas | Posted 10.16.2013 | College
Courtland Thomas

When it comes to orientation week (and any other in-between semester breaks), there are many, many advantages involved in flying. How's a comprehensive guide to do so.

Should Kids Be Off Limits For Fee-Hungry Airlines? (POLL)

Christopher Elliott | Posted 08.02.2013 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

How far would airlines go to collect a few more bucks from you? If nothing would surprise you anymore, then you should hear Hesha Duggirala's story.

Did You Know Overdraft Fees Are on the Rise?

MyBankTracker | Posted 09.24.2013 | Business
MyBankTracker

Banks continue to raise the fee that is charged when customers spend more than they have in their accounts. Since the end of 2012, the average fee for a $50 overdraft has increased from $33.70 to $34.90 at the 10 largest U.S. banks.

Do You Need to Simplify Your Portfolio?

Women & Co | Posted 09.11.2013 | Business
Women & Co

How many financial institutions do you have investment accounts with? If you take more than a few seconds to answer, you probably have too many.

Most Annoying Travel Fees

Travel + Leisure | Posted 06.12.2013 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

You can still avoid some of the worst penalties if you plan strategically. Read on for tips in dealing with the latest annoying travel fees.