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SAN FRANCISCO— Criminals stole personal information from tens of millions of Americans in data breaches this past year. Of those affected, one in three may become victims of identity theft, according to research firm Javelin. Whether shopping, banking or going to the hospital, Americans are mostly at the mercy of companies to keep their sensitive details safe.
Stocks head into Friday on track for the best weekly performance in 22 months, yet new Ebola fears and other geopolitical headlines could be wild cards.
Balances remaining on auto loans have risen by about a third since April 2011, reaching an all-time high of $924.2 billion in August, according to credit reporting bureau Equifax. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said in September that it is taking steps to oversee auto lenders that have previously been less regulated, and companies like GM Financial...
Data breaches at retailers aren't going away but there are ways consumers can protect themselves from future heists of their payment card information.
NEW YORK, July 24- Trying to take your financial temperature? It's not just a matter of how much money you have in the bank. Contrary to big financial numbers that make most people stick their heads in the sand, many obsess about their credit scores, says Greg McBride, chief financial analyst for Bankrate.com.
Stocks mostly rose on Wednesday as investors weighed earnings and tracked global events.
While stocks have generally moved higher, winning themes have emerged for the second half of the year.
Americans rack up $7.4 billion in payday loans annually. Silicon Valley has a plan to make what critics call extortion palatable.
Cisco and Whole Foods Market are among those moving after the bell Wednesday.
The Dow closed at 15,994, a gain of 1.2 percent. The Nasdaq was up 1 percent at 4,191, higher on the year but still off its January highs.
The Fed chair's first testimony before Congress is the big event for markets in the week ahead, as traders sift through economic data.
Check out which companies are making headlines after the bell Monday:
Not all scores are created equal and depending on the wrong "free" score can hurt you financially.
Barack Obama said that U.S. authorities are investigating whether hackers unearthed and posted online financial information that belongs to first lady Michelle Obama and a variety of celebrities like Beyonce and Jay-Z.
Take a look at some of Monday's midday movers:
ATLANTA-- Equifax Inc., which collects and sells consumer credit information, said Wednesday that its profit grew 17 percent in the third quarter, aided by stronger revenue in its consumer-information business. Excluding the impact of acquisition-related expenses, Equifax's earnings amounted to 75 cents per share.
NEW YORK-- The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that credit reporting firm Equifax Inc. will pay $393,000 to resolve allegations it broke the law by selling lists of consumers who were late on their mortgage payments. The agency said Equifax and Direct Lending Source violated the FTC Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
*Equifax pays $393,000; Direct Lending $1.2 million. WASHINGTON, Oct 10- Consumer credit rating company Equifax Inc has agreed to pay $393,000 to settle allegations that it improperly sold information on consumers who had fallen behind on their mortgages, the Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday.
*Began notifying some former employees of offer to pay pension benefits in. *Equifax- group represents about 20% of co's qualified pension plan liabilities. which were about $630 million as of December 31, 2011.
The companies that determine Americans' credit scores are about to come under government oversight for the first time. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said that it will start supervising the 30 largest firms that make up 94 percent of the industry.