| 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...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 4:06 PM
The gig: As the founding chairman and chief executive of the nonprofit Latino Business Chamber of Greater Los Angeles, Jorge C. Corralejo, 63, has been a cheerleader for small to medium-size minority-owned businesses. The nonprofit group has five...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 4:23 PM
More veterans and their families are seeking help from the federal government to solve disputes about mortgages, credit cards and other financial matters. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, through an office dedicated to investigating complaints...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 1:20 PM
Home prices and mortgage rates aren't the only costs on the rise when it comes to buying a house these days. Expect higher closings costs as well, according to a new study by Bankrate.com.
The average closing cost, which includes origination plus third-...
| Sep 8, 2013
WASHINGTON Three years ago, with his former partner suffering from cancer, Jim Dorsey decided to borrow against the equity on his Vashon Island, Wash., home with a reverse mortgage. The couple didn't have children and didn't plan to move, so a loan that...
| 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 13, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Workers take note: Your boss can’t force you to accept wages on payroll cards.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sent out this reminder after hearing of reports that some businesses, especially retailers and fast-food restaurants, would...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 9:00 PM
WASHINGTON — The federal government's consumer financial watchdog will require lenders to issue shorter, easier-to-understand mortgage disclosure forms to home buyers that more clearly show the costs and terms of the loans.
| Nov 20, 2013
| 6:18 PM
The calls to Dorothy Smith of Bethlehem started in January.
She was told she owed nearly $8,300 for an unpaid home-improvement loan.
Smith told the caller, Portfolio Recovery Associates of Virginia, that she didn't owe the debt. The money had been...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 6:27 PM
A Pennsylvania woman's anger about having her wages loaded onto a debit card instead of deposited into her bank account has been recognized all the way in Washington, where a federal agency is warning employers they can't pay workers solely in plastic....
| Aug 21, 2013
| 4:23 PM
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a report Wednesday that says banks and nonbanks have problems handling mortgages. The report cites sloppy account transfers and poor payment processing. “Our examinations of banks and nonbanks allow us...