| Aug 25, 2013
| 4:00 AM
Fear not, boardwalk vacationers. Labor Day may be approaching, but one of summer's favorite pastimes, the Whac-A-Mole game, is getting an extended run. We speak, of course, of Maryland's unceasing efforts to protect consumers from unscrupulous payday...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 9:05 PM
WASHINGTON — Policy changes by two of the biggest players in the mortgage market could open doors to home purchases this fall by thousands of people who were hard hit by the housing bust and who thought they'd have to wait for years before owning...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 4:27 PM
The Federal Housing Administration wants to make it easier for people who have defaulted on their mortgages to get a new home loan with FHA backing.
But there's a catch. To qualify for the break, borrowers must show that their foreclosure or...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 5:18 PM
With mortgage rates rising to levels not seen for two years, it's hard work finding a great deal on a home loan — unless you're rich enough to need a jumbo mortgage.
These loans on steroids certainly aren't for everyone: Jumbos are defined as...
| Sep 7, 2013
On his first day of work at a downtown Chicago bank, Kevin McLaughlin was introduced to a co-worker named Julie Tyrrell. Kevin was sure he'd seen Julie's freckled, fine-boned face somewhere before, but he couldn't think where.
"God! I know her," Kevin...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 9:38 AM
Citing a large drop-off in private student loan originations, a JPMorgan Chase & Co. spokeswoman confirmed Friday that the bank would stop issuing student loans Oct. 12.
"Over the last five years, students have increasingly relied on government-backed...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 8:24 PM
Andrew Carmichael Post is used to fast-tracking his way through life.
At 13, when most boys are fretting about the perils of girls and middle school, Post was attending Cal State Los Angeles, working on degrees in computer science and applied...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 5:45 PM
Michael Barr served as the U.S. Treasury Department's assistant secretary for financial institutions in 2009 and 2010. He oversaw the Obama administration's dealings with Congress in creating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
And he's still...
| Sep 15, 2013
California voters approved Proposition 12 five years ago, authorizing a $900-million bond issue to help military veterans buy homes and farms. But while the number of returning vets is still high, their interest in buying houses with state-backed low-cost...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 6:00 PM
Most Americans have gotten an earful about the too-big-to-fail banks, which created a financial tsunami that engulfed the world — only to be rewarded with a bailout by Uncle Sam.
But what about the little banks caught in the ensuing economic and...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 6:28 PM
WASHINGTON — It's an issue that hasn't gotten much attention but should be a red alert for first-time buyers and others who supplement their incomes with part-time work: Though part-time earnings are playing an increasingly important role in the...