| Apr 8, 2014
| 7:40 PM
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...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 9:00 PM
WASHINGTON — Four out of five people who take out a short-term payday loan either roll it over or take out another one within two weeks, pushing them into a cycle of debt, according to a report to be released Tuesday by the Consumer Financial...
| Mar 31, 2014
| 5:47 PM
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...
| Mar 30, 2014
| 5:00 AM
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...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 11:15 AM
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....
| May 2, 2014
| 1:14 PM
College is a significant investment and how to pay for it can be a major source of concern for parents and students. However, there are ways to reduce the amount of debt you take on when preparing for higher education.
Outstanding student loan debt...
| May 5, 2014
| 8:30 AM
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...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 8:55 AM
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...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 10:42 AM
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is looking for lenders and technology providers to test whether electronic closings of mortgage loans would simplify a process that is overwhelming and frustrating consumers.
In research conducted during the...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 9:00 PM
Students who get the runaround from companies handling their college loans soon may get help from the federal government.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said it will begin regulating the nation's largest student-loan servicing firms, which...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Here's a trick question: What do we owe more money on -- credit cards, auto loans or student debt?
Ping! Time's up. If you answered student debt, congratulations. You're up to date on what some economists are calling the next big financial crisis. Or...