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  • Consumer agency warns of student loan defaults if co-signer dies

    Consumer agency warns of student loan defaults if co-signer dies
    A new report released Tuesday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is warning borrowers of a catch that is pushing private student loans into default even if the loan is in good standing.   The federal consumer agency said that borrowers complain...
  • Why Elizabeth Warren's new book doesn't read like presidential prologue

    Elizabeth Warren's ninth book is a campaign biography with a twist. Warren, who emerged as a national figure during the early days of the financial crisis, rapidly became a star of the Democratic Party's liberal-populist wing. Her 2012 Senate campaign...
  • Data compilers' secret scores have consumers pegged — fairly or not

    Data compilers' secret scores have consumers pegged — fairly or not
    Consumers won access to their credit scores more than a decade ago, after advocates voiced concerns over errors and lending bias. But most people remain in the dark about hundreds of other data-collection programs still being used to size up consumers...
  • Bank of America to pay $772 million for illegal credit card practices

    Bank of America to pay $772 million for illegal credit card practices
    WASHINGTON -- Bank of America Corp. has agreed to refund customers $727 million and pay $45 million in fines for illegal credit card practices, according to a settlement with federal regulators announced Wednesday. The refunds will go to as many as 2....
  • Controversial FHA payoff rule to end

    WASHINGTON — Can you be charged interest on your mortgage even after you've fully paid it off? Can the meter keep running when you owe the bank nothing — your principal balance is zero? Surprise! Much to the chagrin of large numbers of...
  • Co-signing has risks for young borrower, too

    It doesn't always pay for young borrowers to add parents, grandparents or other relatives as co-signers to get a lower interest rate on a student loan from a bank. In some cases, when the co-signer dies or falls into bankruptcy, the action may trigger an...
  • U.S. agencies learning clarity

    U.S. agencies learning clarity
    It isn't often that one hears the word "stellar" used to describe a federal form. Nevertheless, that's the term Annetta Cheek, a leading advocate of clarity in how government communicates with citizens, uses to praise the form that took the Grand...
  • For consumers, more ways to complain

    For consumers, more ways to complain
    When the company Maggie Argent hired to make her mother's headstone didn't do the work, she turned to the forum that gives aggrieved customers an outlet — in the court of public opinion, if nothing else: the Internet. Argent's online complaint...
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren — Democrat, liberal, go-to fundraiser

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren — Democrat, liberal, go-to fundraiser
    In her bid for a West Virginia Senate seat, Democrat Natalie Tennant is steering clear of President Obama, worried that his tough environmental policies and unpopularity in coal country might hurt her chances in November. But at a recent fundraiser in...
  • Taking countermeasures against fake IRS callers

     Taking countermeasures against fake IRS callers
    Write this down and tape it to your grandparents' telephone: The Internal Revenue Service does not contact people by phone to demand payment for unpaid taxes or threaten them with arrest or deportation if they do not send money immediately. The IRS...
  • A timely warning from the feds: Bitcoins are the 'Wild West'

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, that whipping boy of big-business conservatives everywhere, demonstrated its value to the average consumer this week by explaining the pitfalls of bitcoins and other such "virtual currencies." The key takeaway,...