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  • COLUMN-U.S. student borrowers need relief in bankruptcy Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 8:00 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES, March 18- Two changes to the U.S. consumer bankruptcy process could help some of the most trapped student loan borrowers free themselves from a modern-day debtors' prison. President Barack Obama last week directed three U.S. government agencies- the Department of the Treasury and Education as well as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau- to...

  • House Republicans take aim at Dodd-Frank in budget plan Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 11:20 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, March 17- Republican lawmakers took aim at the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law Tuesday, unveiling a plan that would gut regulators' authority to manage the collapse of big banks and give Congress direct control of the U.S. consumer finance bureau's budget. The proposal, led by House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, pledges to make "great strides...

  • SYDNEY, March 15- A consortium of private equity firm KKR& Co LP, alternative investment manager Varde Partners and Deutsche Bank has agreed to buy GE Capital's Australian and New Zealand consumer lending arm for A $8.2 billion. "GE Capital is one of the most respected providers of consumer finance in Australasia," said Ed Bostock, director of KKR Australia.

  • ATLANTA, March 10- President Barack Obama told students at Georgia Tech on Tuesday he wants to make the process of repaying student loans easier to understand and manage. The White House said 40 million Americans have student loans. The White House said it will require clearer disclosures from companies to make sure borrowers understand who is servicing their...

  • MasterCard profit beats as customers spend more Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 10:26 AM ET
    Mastercard

    MasterCard reported a better-than-expected profit for the holiday shopping quarter as customers swiped their cards more often.

  • Singapore property faces test as rates rise Thursday, 8 Jan 2015 | 9:07 PM ET

    Singapore's efforts to rein in household debt and its sky-high home prices appear set for their first test as local rates begin to rise.

  • Taste for imports drives up Japan's grocery bill Sunday, 28 Dec 2014 | 5:43 PM ET

    Yen weakness is driving up the cost of Japan's food imports, but analysts say pinched pocketbooks won't slow consumers' taste for meals from overseas.

  • UK courts Islamic finance market Sunday, 2 Nov 2014 | 3:48 AM ET
    Booths at the Global Islamic Finance Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014.

    The U.K. is taking steps to widen its Islamic finance market, boosting its industry credentials as competition intensifies among global financial centers.

  • Credit card delinquency rate hits record low in Q2 Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 12:15 PM ET
    credit card debt payment bill

    The rate of US credit card payments at least 90 days overdue fell to its lowest level in at least seven years, according to TransUnion.

  • Confusion still surrounds overdraft policies Saturday, 9 Aug 2014 | 7:00 AM ET
    A Visa debit card is shown at the center of other debit and credit cards in Washington.

    A majority of the bank customers who paid a debit card overdraft penalty fee in the last year, did not recall signing up for this service

  • London bank scandals aid ‘fintech’ dominance Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 8:17 AM ET
    Canary Wharf, London

    London’s reputation as a leading financial hub has been hit, but some argue that financial technology could be its saving grace.

  • The holiday gift gap: Dads fare worse than moms Tuesday, 10 Jun 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    Americans will spend about $7.4 billion less on gifts and goodies for dads this Father's Day than they spent on moms for Mother's Day.

  • Credit alert! Unpaid medical bills hurt scores Wednesday, 21 May 2014 | 2:07 PM ET

    New research from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau concludes that medical bills are unfairly lowering credit scores.

  • Consumer credit soars on auto, student loans Wednesday, 7 May 2014 | 3:55 PM ET
    Alain Filiz

    Consumer credit rose by the largest amount since February 2013, boosted by growing demand for student and auto loans.

  • Why we're not satisfied with social media sites Tuesday, 1 Apr 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    Most of us have a positive experience when we use the Web. Credit unions, shipping companies, banks and hotels scored highest.

  • California DMV probing possible credit card breach Saturday, 22 Mar 2014 | 7:37 PM ET
    A security guard patrols the empty parking lot of the State of California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in Pasadena, California.

    The California Department of Motor Vehicles has opened an investigation into a possible security breach of its credit card processing services, a spokesman for the agency said.

  • Tech M&A deals have been 'preposterous': Pro Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 7:24 PM ET
    Tech M&A deals have been 'preposterous': Pro

    Keith Fitz-Gerald, Chief Investment Strategist, Money Map Press, says he is shifting his attention away from mergers and acquisitions in the technology field to the financial sector.

  • MasterCard, Visa form new payment security group Friday, 7 Mar 2014 | 11:37 AM ET

    Credit card companies MasterCard and Visa said they had formed a new cross-industry group to enhance payment system security across networks.

  • For-profit college charged with predatory lending Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 | 2:03 PM ET
    Daniel Webster College in Nashua, N.H.

    The federal government accused ITT Educational Services, one of the largest for-profit post-secondary education chains, of making predatory loans.

  • Most and least expensive states for car insurance Monday, 24 Feb 2014 | 7:41 AM ET

    Insure.com has ranked car insurance premiums in every state. Here are the five best and five worst places to find affordable auto insurance.