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  • WASHINGTON/ BIRMINGHAM, March 26- A U.S. consumer financial watchdog on Thursday outlined plans to crack down on payday lending practices that leave borrowers with debt they cannot repay, and President Barack Obama touted the move as a contrast with Republican polices. Obama told an audience at a community college in Birmingham, Alabama, that the U.S. Consumer...

  • Lululemon and Red Hat are big market movers Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 4:57 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. Red Hat Inc., up $6.91 to $75.36. Winnebago Industries Inc., down $3.40 to $20.39.

  • Midday Glance: Credit Card companies Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 2:20 PM ET

    American Express Co. fell $1.42 or 1.8 percent, to $78.69. Capital One Financial Corp. fell$. 26 or. 3 percent, to $78.58. Discover Financial Services fell$. 09 or. 2 percent, to $57.05.

  • BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— Embracing proposed new rules aimed at payday lenders, President Barack Obama on Thursday said working families need protections from heavy debt burdens and warned Republicans that he would veto attempts to unravel regulations that govern the financial industry. Obama praised the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for its proposal to...

  • Early Glance: Credit Card companies Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 10:34 AM ET

    American Express Co. fell $1.28 or 1.6 percent, to $78.83. Capital One Financial Corp. fell$. 66 or. 8 percent, to $78.18. Discover Financial Services fell$. 31 or. 5 percent, to $56.84.

  • WASHINGTON, March 26- The U.S. consumer financial watchdog on Thursday outlined its plans for cracking down on the payday lending industry and ensuring that borrowers can repay their loans. The framework unveiled by the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was a key step toward new rules for various types of loans that regulators say trap borrowers in...

  • WASHINGTON— Each month, more than 200,000 needy U.S. households take out what's advertised as a brief loan. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed rules Thursday to protect Americans from stumbling into what it calls a "debt trap." "The idea is pretty common sense: If you lend out money, you should first make sure that the borrower can afford to pay it back,"...

  • WASHINGTON, March 26- The U.S. consumer financial watchdog on Thursday outlined its plans for cracking down on the payday lending industry and ensuring that borrowers can repay their loans. The framework unveiled by the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was a key step toward new rules for various types of loans that regulators say trap borrowers in...

  • Final Glance: Credit Card companies Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 6:03 PM ET

    American Express Co. fell $1.26 or 1.5 percent, to $80.11. Capital One Financial Corp. fell $1.30 or 1.6 percent, to $78.84. Discover Financial Services fell$. 63 or 1.1 percent, to $57.14.

  • Midday Glance: Credit Card companies Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 1:43 PM ET

    American Express Co. fell $1.03 or 1.3 percent, to $80.35. Capital One Financial Corp. fell$. 75 or. 9 percent, to $79.39. Visa Inc. fell$. 75 or 1.1 percent, to $66.35.

  • Early Glance: Credit Card companies Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 11:55 AM ET

    American Express Co. fell$. 10 or. 1 percent, to $81.27. Capital One Financial Corp. fell$. 12 or. 1 percent, to $80.02. Discover Financial Services rose$. 29 or. 5 percent, to $58.06.

  • Final Glance: Credit Card companies Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 8:17 PM ET

    American Express Co. fell$. 83 or 1.0 percent, to $81.37. Capital One Financial Corp. fell $1.11 or 1.4 percent, to $80.14. Discover Financial Services fell $1.12 or 1.9 percent, to $57.77.

  • Midday Glance: Credit Card companies Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 1:19 PM ET

    American Express Co. fell$. 68 or. 8 percent, to $81.52. Capital One Financial Corp. fell$. 72 or. 9 percent, to $80.53. Discover Financial Services fell$. 64 or 1.1 percent, to $58.26.

  • Early Glance: Credit Card companies Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 10:22 AM ET

    American Express Co. fell$. 54 or. 7 percent, to $81.66. Capital One Financial Corp. fell$. 95 or 1.2 percent, to $80.30. Discover Financial Services fell$. 85 or 1.4 percent, to $58.04.

  • NEW YORK— For decades, American Express was the undisputed credit card of choice among corporate road warriors, the wealthy and the well-traveled, who lived by the company's slogan, "Don't leave home without it." Costco, for example, is ending its 15- year relationship with AmEx and defecting to Citigroup and Visa starting next March. As a result, American Express...

  • Final Glance: Credit Card companies Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 6:03 PM ET

    American Express Co. fell$. 50 or. 6 percent, to $82.20. Capital One Financial Corp. rose$. 12 or. 1 percent, to $81.25. Discover Financial Services fell$. 52 or. 9 percent, to $58.89.

  • Midday Glance: Credit Card companies Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 1:32 PM ET

    American Express Co. rose$. 22 or. 3 percent, to $82.92. Capital One Financial Corp. rose$. 60 or. 7 percent, to $81.73. Discover Financial Services fell$. 13 or. 2 percent, to $59.29.

  • Early Glance: Credit Card companies Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 10:12 AM ET

    American Express Co. rose$. 78 or. 9 percent, to $83.48. Capital One Financial Corp. rose$. 70 or. 9 percent, to $81.83. Discover Financial Services rose$. 17 or. 3 percent, to $59.58.

  • Is the 401(k) experiment a failure? Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Senior couple working in cafe

    With the median account balance under $19,000, 401(k) plans are failing as a safety net. Here's what happened.

  • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says some consumers have complaints about refund anticipation checks centered on advertising, quality of service or fees. Refund anticipation checks rose to roughly 21.6 million in 2014, up 17 percent from 2011, according to IRS data provided to The Associated Press. Currently, refund anticipation checks and...