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U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

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  • The most common financial complaints -- and how to avoid them

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is the newest federal regulatory agency. Its mission is to rein in abuses by the financial industry. Over the summer, it announced a refund of $140 million to 2 million Capital One customers who, it determined, had...
  • What college students -- and parents -- need to know about banking

    Now that the fall semester's well under way, college students should take a moment to reconsider their banking options. According to a May 2012 report by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund, more than 900 colleges have made deals with banks to market prepaid...
  • Beware errors in your credit report -- and take steps to correct them

    As of the 2000 census, the most recent numbers available, 2.3 million Americans had the last name Smith, while 1.8 million were Johnsons, 1 million Davises, 850,000 Garcias and 600,000 Lees. Why is this important? Because having a common name is one of...
  • Pension loans potentially ruinous, often illegal

    Shut out by conventional lenders, people with low incomes or bad credit have long been targeted by high-cost operators offering payday loans, car title loans and the like. In the past few years, a new and insidious player has come into this field offering...
  • Free video gives 5 steps to get money for college

    Free video gives 5 steps to get money for college
    Wells Fargo and its private student lending division have produced the free  “Five Steps to Financial Aid” video series to educate students and their families on ways to pay for college.  It has already gotten more than 1.1 million views...
  • Sunlight on remittances

    When Congress passed the Dodd-Frank law in 2010, it included a little-noticed provision requiring financial companies and banks to provide greater disclosure to customers sending money overseas. Last week, the new rules took effect, guaranteeing consumers...
  • Student loans divide the have from the have-nots

    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...
  • An end to overdrafts could rein in young spenders

    Nothing can put a young bank customer in a hole faster than paying overdraft fees on a checking account. Typically $35 a pop is the price you pay for spending more money than you actually have in the account. Banks essentially front you the money --...
  • Consumer watchdog targets debt collectors

    Consumer watchdog targets debt collectors
    WASHINGTON — The federal government's consumer financial watchdog plans to crack down on the nation's 4,500 debt collectors with new regulations to ensure that collectors are going after the right people for the right amounts and aren't badgering...
  • Student loan misunderstandings borrow trouble

    Here's a worrisome survey item from last week that caught my attention: Many college students are signing on the dotted line for student loans they don't fully understand. So many thousands of dollars on the line, and they don't know the terms and the...
  • New resources could clarify college loan costs

    Which student loan repayment option is a better deal: a loan with a 4 percent fee and 9 percent interest rate, or one with a 5 percent fee and 8 percent rate? This question was part of a quiz on loan terminology found at CollegeGold.com, which is...