| 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...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 11:19 AM
When all else fails, defund.
This technique is spectacularly on display in the $1.1-trillion federal spending bill unveiled by House and Senate negotiators Monday and scheduled for debate this week. The measure provides $215 million in funding for the...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 5:35 PM
WASHINGTON — As they prepared to launch the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in early 2011, Obama administration officials settled on its permanent headquarters: a vacant government building a block away from the White House.
They planned to...
| 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...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 4:23 PM
If you've got a beef with one of the big 3 credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax and TransUnion) and you're wondering whether it's worth your while to file a complaint, a study released Tuesday offers some guidance. The U.S. Public Interest......
| Dec 9, 2013
| 8:07 PM
Some of the biggest names in the tech world joined forces Monday to tell Uncle Sam that enough's enough: Quit spying on their customers.
AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo said in an open letter to President Obama...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Here's a familiar marketing pitch consumers may encounter this holiday shopping season: "Zero percent interest for 12 months."
Sounds appealing, but consumer experts recommend tiptoeing carefully around this financing option.
These buy-now, pay-later...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 1:05 PM
One fascinating aspect of a federal regulator's lawsuit this week against online lender CashCall for making allegedly illegal collections from borrowers is the identity of CashCall's defense lawyer.
He's Neil Barofsky, the former federal prosecutor...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 6:44 PM
When Exal Iraheta found out he had defaulted on a $17,105 student loan, his first reaction was dread.
"I immediately was like, what am I supposed to do?" he said. "You feel like you're sinking. Instantly."
Though Iraheta works full-time as a media...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 9:23 PM
The worst thing you can do if you get a call from a debt collector is to panic. Stand tough even if they call you a deadbeat, threaten to throw you in jail or tell you they'll rat you out......
| Dec 19, 2013
| 4:39 PM
Maryland expects to receive about $88 million of a $2.1 billion national settlement reached with Ocwen Financial Corp. over "systematic misconduct" in the mortgage servicer's handling of loans.
Announced Thursday, the deal settles a federal complaint...