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  • Consumer-Friendly Credit Card Rules Coming Thursday, 18 Dec 2008 | 4:40 AM ET
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    Consumers will be shielded from increases in interest rates on existing account balances on their credit cards under new rules being adopted by federal regulators.

  • "High" Credit Card Interest Rates—Give Me More! Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | 4:17 PM ET

    The Fed and Treasury have already had to institute a program to help institutions buy securities backed by credit card debt so that these companies can keep extending people credit. If we pass laws saying they can't charge high rates, they'll do even less lending.

  • Consumer Alert: The Debt Settlement Scam Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | 11:05 AM ET

    Debt relief companies don't do anything you can't do yourself - and they ruin your credit doing it.

  • Chadwick: Regulators Need To Help Rescue Consumers Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | 9:30 AM ET

    It is surprising to me that there is not more consumer advocacy on the subject of credit card interest rates. They are utterly abusive to consumers while reaping extraordinary profit margins for the lenders.

  • You could be paying for services you aren't even using if you don't read the fine print.

  • Foreclosure Activity Drops to June Levels Thursday, 11 Dec 2008 | 10:11 AM ET

    The number of American homeowners dragged into the housing crisis fell last month to the lowest level since June as new state laws lengthened the foreclosure process, RealtyTrac reported Thursday.

  • Web Extra: How to Sue Your Creditors Wednesday, 10 Dec 2008 | 9:56 PM ET

    Sometimes, it's the only option you've got left if you're being taken advantage of. But you better be prepared for a long, hard slog.

  • Is Bankruptcy the Right Answer? Wednesday, 10 Dec 2008 | 9:53 PM ET

    It may be your last best option. But you better know what you're doing before you go through with it.

  • Web Extra: Just Say 'No' to More Bad Debt This Holiday Tuesday, 9 Dec 2008 | 10:02 PM ET

    One way to do that is to absolutely, no matter what, avoid the trap of retail store credit cards.

  • Five Timely Tips To Cut Your Exposure Monday, 8 Dec 2008 | 12:27 PM ET

    Increase you deductions, donate to charity, watch your withholding, convert to a Roth IRA and sell losing stocks. Here's how and why.

  • Scams: Hard Times Make For Easy Prey Monday, 8 Dec 2008 | 12:27 PM ET

    In an economy like this, everyone's looking to take some of the sting out of their losses, but make sure don't get stung by scam artists in the process. A guide to the beguiling.

  • Happy Holidays, Now Start Planning Monday, 8 Dec 2008 | 12:26 PM ET

    Many Americans may only be concerned with filing their taxes by the April 15 deadline, but if you want to take full advantage of the savings to which you may be entitled, it’s essential to takes some steps before you celebrate the holidays are over.

  • Capital Gains: All Is Not Lost Monday, 8 Dec 2008 | 12:25 PM ET

    Even if you the financial crisis has caused major losses in your investment portfolio. that doesn't mean you're without capital gains. And even if you are, there's a a bit of silver lining to all those losses.

  • The Subprime In Your Wallet Friday, 5 Dec 2008 | 9:38 PM ET

    Store-issued credit cards are hurting your credit without you even knowing it.

  • Web Extra: Break Up With Your Credit Card Company Wednesday, 3 Dec 2008 | 9:55 PM ET

    John Ulzheimer lists the steps you must take when you decide to tell your credit-card provider that 'it's over.'

  • The Great Gift Card Scare of 2008 Wednesday, 3 Dec 2008 | 9:29 PM ET

    What happens if you buy a gift card to a store that goes out of business?

  • Stay away from any so-called 'debt repair' companies. Many of them will just leave you even deeper in the hole.

  • Economic Fix? Consumers, Fed Are At Odds Tuesday, 2 Dec 2008 | 11:04 AM ET

    Brian Battle of Performance Trust Capital Partners says the Federal Reserve and the consumer are working at cross-purposes as they attempt to get back to normal.

  • What's Got Whitney Worried? Monday, 1 Dec 2008 | 3:58 PM ET

    Oppenheimer’s Meredith Whitney sees some real dangers ahead in the banking sector. Find out what’s got her attention.

  • Buyer Beware: Store Credit Cards Tuesday, 25 Nov 2008 | 9:46 PM ET

    Why you should avoid the 'subprime' of credit at all costs.