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  • 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.

  • Feb 3- A credit card data breach had 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.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 3- The Secret Service on Monday urged U.S. lawmakers to do more to prevent the types of cyber thefts of consumer information that recently have hit Target Corp and other major retailers.

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 3- Student loan borrowers who feel trapped by high-rate private loans finally have more options to refinance their debt, but not everyone will be able to find relief.

  • Jan 31- General Electric Co has hired Goldman Sachs Group Inc and JPMorgan Chase& Co to lead the initial public offering of its North American retail finance business, the Financial Times reported on Friday, citing anonymous sources. The new company should be worth roughly $16 billion to $18 billion, bankers have estimated.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 29- The U.S. consumer financial watchdog said on Wednesday it was seeking fines against PHH Corp and repayment to consumers over allegations that the mortgage lender steered borrowers to insurers from which it took kickbacks.

  • *Shares hit a high of $26.45, valuing company at $9.19 bln. Jan 23- Shares of Santander Consumer USA Holding Inc, the auto-finance unit of Spanish bank Santander SA, rose as much as 10 percent in their U.S. market debut as investors expect the company to benefit from rising auto sales. As of Sept. 30, about $850 billion of auto loans were outstanding in the United States.

  • The survey findings come at a time when retailers from Target Corp to Neiman Marcus are yet to fully understand how hackers managed to steal payment card data of million of shoppers last year.

  • MADRID, Jan 27- Spain's Santander bank, which is making a big push in the United States, has appointed the former head of the U.S. deposit guarantee fund, Sheila Bair, as an independent board member, it said on Monday.

  • Career Education gets inquiry from attorneys general Monday, 27 Jan 2014 | 10:03 AM ET

    Jan 27- For-profit education company Career Education Corp said it received inquiries from 12 state attorneys general related to its enrollment practices and student loans. The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said earlier this month that it was considering legal action against Corinthian Colleges Inc over issues related to student loans.

  • MADRID, Jan 27- Spain's Santander bank, which is making a big push in the United States, has appointed the former head of the U.S. deposit guarantee fund, Sheila Blair, as an independent board member, it said on Monday.

  • 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

    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 TJ 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

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