| Feb 10, 2014
| 8:54 PM
The letter that recently arrived at homes throughout California and other states features a picture of Sylvester Stallone in "Rocky II" training for another shot at greatness.
"As you're making your financial comeback," it says, "we want you to know...
| Jan 25, 2014
| 3:44 PM
When Pauline Honey, then 95, moved back to Virginia so her grandson could help care for her, the bill was more than her family expected. So to tide her over, she took out what she thought was a payday loan.
Honey and her grandson, Randy Morse, thought a...
| Mar 15, 2014
| 4:06 PM
Positioned in the breezeway between the Newport Beach City Council chambers and community room, just to the side of the main thoroughfare, a fabricated piece of metal lies fastened to the ground.
It's the only outdoor sculpture at the Civic Center,...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 7:43 PM
California victims of alleged foreclosure abuses will get $268 million in relief from a $2.1-billion national settlement with Ocwen Financial Corp., the nation's largest non-bank provider of mortgage customer service.
Ocwen broke state law by improperly...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 8:30 AM
Fixed mortgage rates fell early this week, with Freddie Mac reporting the average for 30-year loans dropped to 4.32% from 4.37% last week.
The McLean, Va., housing finance company said lenders were offering 15-year fixed home loans, a popular option for...
| Mar 27, 2014
Letters to the editor from Lake Forest, Libertyville and Highland Park.
This is concerning raising the minimum wage.
An employer looks at a new law and considers what he has to do to comply with it. A raise for his workers of about...
| Mar 23, 2014
For-profit colleges that wildly exaggerate their graduates' success and talk prospective attendees into taking on extraordinary debt are not only harming their students but costing taxpayers billions of dollars on wasted Pell grants and defaulted...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 5:00 AM
The overflow from China's economic high tide is transforming the housing markets of suburban Los Angeles.
Affluent Chinese home buyers are driving prices past boom-era peaks, spawning a subset of property brokers and mortgage lenders that cater to their...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 6:41 PM
The city-owned Hilton Baltimore spent nearly all of the $2.8 million it generated in hotel occupancy taxes — money the city gave it last year to help the struggling convention center hotel make its debt payments, officials said.
The hotel did...
| Mar 11, 2014
| 11:19 AM
The Geneva School District 304 School Board voted unanimously Monday night to abate $5.9 million to taxpayers in an effort to keep bills more consistent.
It's a move the district has used in recent years – it levies a set amount one year, then...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 3:45 PM
Allowing student loan debt to be discharged under bankruptcy laws, as recently advocated by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, is a matter of fairness.
Currently, student loans are not dischargeable. Many people oppose the senator's proposal because they think it...