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  • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau expanded its probe into the car loan industry by issuing subpoenas to auto lenders over the sale of financial products like extended warranties, the WSJ reported.

  • Visa reported earnings and revenue that beat market expectations. Shares rose after-hours.

  • Six- and seven-year loans are becoming an increasingly popular choice — and some lenders will even stretch that out to eight years. These long-term loans allow buyers buy the vehicle they want, but it also costs them more.

  • Parents always want their children to succeed, but a survey from T. Rowe Price shows many parents are "unrealistically optimistic" about their children's financial future.

  • J.C. Penney shares surged Monday after a research note flagged promising early customer response to the department store chain's weekend launch of Joe Fresh shops within its stores.

  • The fact is, if you want to get your customer service problem solved, you need to speak up and stand your ground until the company makes you happy.

  • Crystal Dupont and her mother, Regina Dupont-Williams, shop for inexpensive groceries at a dollar store.

    About 3.6 million Americans were earning at or below the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour in 2012, and those weren't all high school students flipping burgers, about half of them were 25 or older. How do they do that? NBC reports.

  • The latest research busts some everyday beliefs about handling our money that even the smartest of savers may believe.

  • Peer-to-peer lender Prosper hopes to attract more investors, seeking yield. But is the emerging lending platform too risky?

  • More Americans fell behind on their auto loan payments in the last three months of 2012, when some borrowers' financial obligations temporarily take a backseat to spending on holiday shopping.

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    Charge a fee to use your credit card? It's legal for merchants to do that, unless barred by state law. Ten states already ban such surcharges and more may join the list. The legislatures in 11 other states are currently considering bills that would prevent these so-called "check out" fees.

  • Personal items left in repossessed vehicles await collection by their owners.

    With the economy edging upwards, more car buyers are keeping up with their auto payments or coming up with the cash if the repo man appears. And that's more bad news for mom-and-pops that rely on repo work.

  • New mortgage rules from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will make borrowing tougher for the self-employed and home buyers seeking larger loans.

  • Visa's first-quarter profit that exceeded market's expectation for the ninth quarter in a row. "I'm most impressed by the upside to revenue," one analyst said.

  • Scores of independent mortgage lenders and community banks are winning business from banks such as Citigroup or Bank of America that have retrenched after the financial crisis.

  • Outlook for Banks in 2013

    David Marshall, Senior Analyst, Asia-Pacific Financials, CreditSights is positive that Chinese banks can maintain their earnings in 2013, but risks remain with shadow banking and transparency issues.

  • Why 'Fiscal Cliff' May Be Bigger Threat Than You Think

    This CNBC contributor says the "Fiscal Cliff" is a great opportunity to revamp the tax code and address deficit spending.

  • Secrets of High Credit Scorers

    More than 50 million people have scores of 785 or higher, and they exhibit “strikingly similar” credit habits.

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    If you close your bank account, don’t think that’s necessarily the last you’ll hear about it. In certain cases, closed checking accounts have re-opened when triggered by external charges, such as automatic bill payments. This can present an opportunity for identity theft.

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    American credit card debt--and the number of credit-card accounts--have tumbled since peaking in 2008, suggesting that the country is slowly healing itself from a crazy credit boom.