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  • WASHINGTON, March 7- The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has hired an outside firm to study fairness in its employees' performance ratings, the agency said on Friday in response to concerns about discrimination. House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling of Texas and two fellow Republicans made the request in a letter to the bureau.

  • 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.

  • March 7- Credit card companies MasterCard Inc and Visa Inc said they had formed a new cross-industry group to enhance payment system security across networks.

  • March 7- Credit card companies MasterCard Inc and Visa Inc said they had formed a new cross-industry group to enhance payment system security across networks.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 27- The Republican-led U.S. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB, was created as part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank law to help protect Americans from financial scams.

  • 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.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 26- The U.S. consumer watchdog said on Wednesday it has sued ITT Educational Services Inc for what the agency says are predatory student lending practices that could lead borrowers to default on their loans.

  • Feb 26- General Electric Co said it would pay $1.7 billion to Japan's Shinsei Bank Ltd to end exposure to interest repayment claims related to the sale of its Japanese consumer loan business to the bank in 2008.. GE said on Wednesday the deal would reduce fourth-quarter and 2013 earnings by $1 billion and earnings per share by 9 cents.

  • Discover Financial faces US probe over student lending Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 | 5:47 PM ET

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued a civil investigative demand to Discover Bank seeking information regarding certain student loan servicing practices, Discover said in its annual filing on Tuesday.

  • 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.

  • Rock-bottom rates convert German savers to spending Sunday, 23 Feb 2014 | 6:00 AM ET

    BERLIN, Feb 23- After diligently setting aside his earnings for years, Sebastian decided last year it was time to splurge. With interest rates at record lows, the 36- year-old took out two loans and bought a three-bedroom flat in a leafy Berlin suburb for 228,000 euros.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 21- Citigroup Inc has been approached by Fortress Investment Group LLC and some other private equity firms about a potential deal for its consumer finance business, OneMain Financial, according to two people familiar with the situation.

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 14- The European Union's antitrust regulator will accept Visa Europe's offer to cap its credit card fees for retailers, two people familiar with the matter said, as the EU strives to cut the cost of paying with plastic and boost online commerce.

  • AIG cuts workforce by 3% after earnings beat Thursday, 13 Feb 2014 | 4:01 PM ET
    A man walks into the American International Group Inc. offices in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013.

    American International Group posted earnings excluding items of $1.15 per share on revenue of $8.62 billion, beating Wall Street estimates.

  • PARIS, Feb 13- PSA Peugeot Citroen and Banco Santander are close to agreement on a European car loans alliance that the French carmaker plans to unveil alongside a recapitalisation deal with Chinese partner Dongfeng, sources said on Thursday.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 7- U.S. consumer credit in December grew by the most in nearly a year due to a sharp increase in credit card usage, a potentially positive sign for the economy. Total consumer credit rose by $18.8 billion to $3.1 trillion, the Federal Reserve said on Friday.

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 4- Rising borrowing costs, declining defaults and an unexpected jump in loan disbursements drove record profit for Itaú Unibanco Holding SA in the fourth quarter, even after expenses at Brazil's largest private-sector bank exceeded expectations. A Thomson Reuters poll of seven analysts predicted profit of 4.144 billion reais.

  • Feb 4- U.S. auto dealer Asbury Automotive Group Inc posted a better-than-expected quarterly profit as easier availability of loans amid an improving economy encouraged more people to buy cars.

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 4- Rising borrowing costs, declining defaults and an unexpected jump in loan disbursements drove record profit for Itaú Unibanco Holding SA in the fourth quarter, even after expenses at Brazil's largest private-sector bank exceeded expectations.

  • Feb 3- A credit card data breach has been detected that exposed guests at certain Marriott, Holiday Inn, Sheraton and other hotel properties to theft, hotel management firm White Lodging Services Corp said on Monday.