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  • 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...

  • Final Glance: Credit Card companies Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 8:00 PM ET

    American Express Co. rose $1.16 or 1.4 percent, to $82.70. Capital One Financial Corp. rose$. 51 or. 6 percent, to $81.13. Discover Financial Services rose$. 82 or 1.4 percent, to $59.41.

  • Midday Glance: Credit Card companies Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 1:25 PM ET

    American Express Co. rose $1.18 or 1.4 percent, to $82.72. Capital One Financial Corp. rose$. 72 or. 9 percent, to $81.34. Discover Financial Services rose$. 89 or 1.5 percent, to $59.48.

  • Early Glance: Credit Card companies Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 10:19 AM ET

    American Express Co. rose$. 55 or. 7 percent, to $82.09. Capital One Financial Corp. rose$. 24 or. 3 percent, to $80.86. Discover Financial Services rose$. 48 or. 8 percent, to $59.06.

  • Midday Glance: Credit Card companies Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 2:00 PM ET

    American Express Co. fell$. 46 or. 6 percent, to $81.40. Capital One Financial Corp. fell$. 98 or 1.2 percent, to $80.64. Discover Financial Services fell$. 31 or. 5 percent, to $58.64.

  • Early Glance: Credit Card companies Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 10:22 AM ET

    American Express Co. fell$. 66 or. 8 percent, to $81.20. Capital One Financial Corp. fell$. 66 or. 8 percent, to $80.96. Discover Financial Services fell$. 10 or. 2 percent, to $58.85.

  • Midday Glance: Credit Card companies Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 2:23 PM ET

    American Express Co. fell$. 40 or. 5 percent, to $80.66. Capital One Financial Corp. fell$. 88 or 1.1 percent, to $80.62. Discover Financial Services fell$. 78 or 1.3 percent, to $58.13.

  • Early Glance: Credit Card companies Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 11:37 AM ET

    American Express Co. fell$. 48 or. 6 percent, to $80.58. Capital One Financial Corp. fell$. 67 or. 8 percent, to $80.83. Discover Financial Services fell$. 60 or 1.0 percent, to $58.31.

  • 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...

  • Final Glance: Credit Card companies Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 6:16 PM ET

    American Express Co. fell$. 44 or. 5 percent, to $81.06. Capital One Financial Corp. rose$. 03 or percent, to $81.50. Discover Financial Services fell$. 59 or 1.0 percent, to $58.91.

  • Facebook's next move: Pay via Messenger Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 3:01 PM ET
    Facebook's Messenger app displayed on a smartphone.

    Facebook users will soon be able send money through its Messenger app.

  • Midday Glance: Credit Card companies Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 2:32 PM ET

    American Express Co. fell$. 72 or. 9 percent, to $80.78. Capital One Financial Corp. fell$. 11 or. 1 percent, to $81.36. Discover Financial Services fell$. 50 or. 8 percent, to $59.00.

  • 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...

  • Early Glance: Credit Card companies Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 10:28 AM ET

    American Express Co. fell$. 83 or 1.0 percent, to $80.67. Capital One Financial Corp. fell$. 26 or. 3 percent, to $81.21. Discover Financial Services fell$. 51 or. 8 percent, to $59.00.

  • 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...

  • WASHINGTON, March 9- The new U.S. consumer protection regulator could do more to foster diversity and inclusion in the workplace, such as taking steps to require training and better track equal employment opportunity complaints, according to a watchdog report. The findings by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's inspector general come a little less...

  • WASHINGTON, March 9- The new U.S. consumer protection regulator could do more to foster diversity and inclusion in the workplace, such as taking steps to require training and better track equal employment opportunity complaints, according to a watchdog report. The findings by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's inspector general come a little less...

  • BOSTON, March 5- Hotel operator Mandarin Oriental International Ltd said on Thursday that it was the victim of a cyberattack and that it found malicious software on credit card systems at "an isolated number" of hotels in the United States and Europe. The company said in a statement on its website that it was working with credit card companies, law enforcement and...

  • LONDON, March 5- Fraudsters are slick and smooth when they request new bank accounts or credit cards-- a characteristic an Israeli company wants to use against them. Banks and other financial firms are coming under sustained attacks from increasingly sophisticated cyber criminals, forcing them to spend more money and resources trying to fight hackers.