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Consumer Finance


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • After Target breach, the fight's on for smart cards Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014 | 12:57 PM ET

    The National Retail Federation is calling on the banking industry to switch from the easy-to-hack magnetic stripe to the more secure PIN and chip.

  • UK to cap 'payday' loan rates   Monday, 25 Nov 2013 | 11:40 AM ET
    UK to cap 'payday' loan rates

    Matthew Lawrence, a research fellow at the U.K.'s Institute for Public Policy Research, discusses a forthcoming law to cap the astronomic interest rates lenders can charge on so-called payday loans.

  • How government bickering is hurting Main Street Monday, 4 Nov 2013 | 6:00 AM ET
    A T.J. Maxx store in Cincinnati

    The government shutdown may have ended a couple of weeks ago, but, like a bad hangover, the economic fears and financial uncertainty are lingering.

  • Recouping wedding costs lost to the shutdown Friday, 25 Oct 2013 | 2:04 PM ET

    Couples who relocated or rescheduled weddings due to the shutdown may be able to get their money back.

  • Cellphones are now essentials for the poor Thursday, 12 Sep 2013 | 12:24 PM ET
    Ethel Brown relies on her cellphone to stay connected with potential employers.

    The cellphone has become one of the most popular communication technologies in the world, so many people view it as more of a necessity.

  • Credit card confusion: How do I earn rewards? Thursday, 5 Sep 2013 | 2:53 PM ET

    Credit cards that offer rewards are more popular than ever. And yet, many people who have these cards don't really know how they work.

  • US seeks to tame mortgage risk, prevent new bubble Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 | 8:00 AM ET

    U.S. federal regulators on Wednesday will unveil a reworked proposal aimed at reducing risk in the mortgage market and limiting shoddy underwriting practices.

  • The rise of peer-to-peer lending   Monday, 12 Aug 2013 | 9:43 PM ET
    The rise of peer-to-peer lending

    Renaud Laplanche, Founder & CEO of LendingClub.com, discusses his online "matchmaking" business for borrowers and investors.

  • UK is back on 'firmer footing': pro   Tuesday, 23 Jul 2013 | 2:40 AM ET
    UK is back on 'firmer footing': pro

    Howard Archer, chief U.K. & European economist at IHS Global Insight, talks about the pick-up in U.K. data but advises against investing in "pure, domestic exposure" to the U.K..

  • UK GDP to 'significantly' improve: pro   Thursday, 18 Jul 2013 | 7:00 PM ET
    UK GDP to 'significantly' improve: pro

    Peter Dixon, senior economist at Commerzbank Securities, expects U.K's GDP to strengthen but highlights that there are still many imbalances in the economy that need to be dealt with.

  • UK recovery hasn't got 'much legs': pro   Tuesday, 16 Jul 2013 | 2:30 AM ET
    UK recovery hasn't got 'much legs': pro

    Ross Walker, senior U.K. economist at RBS and Luciano Janelli, chief economist at MIG Bank, question the sustainability of the U.K. recovery and whether more stimulus is needed in Europe.