| 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....
| Dec 20, 2013
| 11:19 AM
Ally Financial Inc., a former General Motors Corp. lending arm that taxpayers bailed out during the financial crisis, will pay $98 million to settle federal government allegations that car dealers overcharged blacks, Latinos and Asians for Ally’s...
| 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-...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 7:11 AM
WASHINGTON -- The $1-trillion federal spending bill unveiled by congressional negotiators significantly reduces White House requests for funding of two key Wall Street watchdogs.
The Securities and Exchange Commission would get $1.35 billion for the...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 6:34 PM
Federal regulators on Monday sued Anaheim online lender CashCall Inc., accusing the company of unlawfully collecting money from borrowers.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said CashCall violated federal lending laws in at least eight states...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 8:04 AM
Mortgage rates leveled off in familiar territory this week, home finance giant Freddie Mac said, with lenders offering 30-year fixed loans to solid buyers at an average of 4.51%, down from 4.53% last week.
Fifteen-year fixed mortgages, popular with...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 11:41 AM
WASHINGTON -- In its first enforcement action against a payday lender, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Wednesday fined Cash America International $5 million and ordered $14 million in refunds for overcharging customers, robo-signing...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 2:54 PM
Few of the nontraditional home loans that triggered the financial crisis are still available, and lenders will have even more reason to avoid them now that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s definition of presumably safe and sound...
| Jan 14, 2014
Imagine the Dodgers have just won the pennant and are going to play the Yankees in the World Series. But the rules have changed: All games will be played in Yankee Stadium. And there are new umpires, hired and paid by the Yankees. With rules like that,...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 5:05 PM
The Baltimore region had its best year for home sales since the start of the recession, as the local housing market continued its slow recovery in 2013.
About 27,750 units closed in 2013, up roughly 14 percent from 2012, according to data provided by...
| Jan 12, 2014
| 5:00 AM
WASHINGTON — The federal government has a real estate question for consumers who have bought or refinanced homes that's certain to generate more than an earful: Were there any problems when you went to close the deal?
Any last-minute glitches or...