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  1. Press: States push back after net neutrality repeal
    Lawmakers in at least six states, including California and New York, have introduced bills in recent weeks that would forbid internet providers to block or slow down sites or online services. Legislators in several other… | Jan 11, 2018
  2. Press: 5 other cryptocurrencies to watch in 2018
    Mainstream investors spent much of last year trying to figure out how to jump in on bitcoin, the digital currency for which prices ballooned to as high as $19,000 in recent months.  You can think of bitcoin cash… | Jan 04, 2018
  3. Press: Days after FCC repealed net neutrality rules GOP has a bill to replace them
    Rep. Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.) unveiled what she is calling the Open Internet Preservation Act. The bill restores two of the most important provisions of the FCC's net neutrality rules: a ban on the blocking of websites, as well… | Dec 20, 2017
  4. Press: Wells Fargo sanctions are on ice under Trump official
    The new acting head of the U.S. consumer finance watchdog is reviewing whether Wells Fargo & Co (WFC.N) should pay tens of millions of dollars over alleged mortgage lending abuse, according to three sources familiar… | Dec 08, 2017
  5. Press: The Strange case of the look-alike credit cards
    First National Bank of Marin was a small Las Vegas lender with an image problem. Federal investigators accused it of issuing credit cards to strapped consumers, then piling on so many fees and obligations that… | Dec 07, 2017
  6. Press: Examples of ‘price gouging’ during Hurricane Irma were aberrations
    Airlines say the examples of price gouging that have been posted on social media over the past week have been aberrations and flukes. Instead, the carriers say, they cut prices and added hundreds of flights… | Sep 15, 2017
  7. Press: Freedom from cable isn’t free
    In the old days of video streaming — that is, not so long ago — consumers could cut the cable cord and subscribe to one or two services, enjoying a vast array of movies and… | Aug 15, 2017
  8. Press: Why can’t Americans ditch checks?
    In an era of smartphones, online banking, and Venmo transfers, the U.S. still can’t seem to wean itself off paper checks. In most countries, they’ve gone the way of the fax machine and the rotary… | Aug 09, 2017
  9. Press: Universities hit students with whopping collection fees
    A little-known Virginia statute requires public colleges and universities to shuttle student accounts of less than $3,000 that are 60 days past due to private debt collectors. Those companies can charge up to 30 percent of… | Aug 08, 2017
  10. Press: Five words you never say when paying by credit card in foreign country
    We recently traveled to Spain and Portugal. When paying by credit card, we were given the option of paying in euros or dollars. It was unclear which was more advisable. I carry a co-branded airline… | Aug 01, 2017
  11. Press: Push to kill prepaid card protections
    Major consumer protections slated to take effect next spring for users of prepaid credit cards would go away if a push succeeds to have Congress kill the safeguards before a deadline early next month. Scripps… | Apr 27, 2017
  12. Press: To get Walmart’s latest online discounts, you still have to visit the store
    The mega-retailer's 'pickup discount' reflects the influence of its new chief of e-commerce, Marc Lore. | Apr 14, 2017
  13. Press: Don’t agree with a company fee? Consider the power of asking
    As if we aren't shelling out enough dough to handle our monthly bills, we often find ourselves slammed with late fees, annual fees, and interest rate spikes. Sometimes, it's easier to pay up rather than… | Mar 29, 2017
  14. Press: Watch out for fake tax preparers who steal your identity
    Paid preparers are an integral part of the U.S. tax system. They do about 60 percent of all the returns each year, according to the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS recently warned about unscrupulous preparers,… | Mar 13, 2017
  15. Press: Buffett asks Big Money: Why pay high fees?
    Poof: $100 billion disappeared. That’s the figure that Warren E. Buffett recently calculated that pension funds, endowments and wealthy individuals have lost over the last decade to hedge funds and other money managers that charge… | Feb 28, 2017
  16. Press: How to tell if you’ve got the right finanical advisor
    Anyone can call himself or herself a financial advisor or a financial planner. There are no education, experience or ethics requirements for using those titles. If you want someone who puts your interests first, look for… | Jan 30, 2017
  17. Press: Bank CEO named his boat ‘Overdraft.’ Now in hot water over fees
    Turns out overdraft fees are still big moneymakers for some banks. So much so that a former chief executive of a midsize bank named his boat after the fee. | Jan 22, 2017
  18. Press: How to pounce on best credit card offers (before banks pull them)
    One particular bit of madness — a Chase offer that effectively puts $1,500 in your pocket without a lot of effort, if you are a relatively big spender — is close to ending, and many… | Jan 09, 2017
  19. Press: Three bank fees that can sneak up on you
    Remember when a free checking account was easy to find? Over the past several years, many banks have tweaked their requirements for checking and savings accounts by asking consumers to jump through certain hoops if they… | Dec 27, 2016
  20. Press: Students advised to be wary of college-sponsored debit cards
    Debit cards marketed on many college campuses often aren’t designed with students’ best interests in mind, a new report has found. | Dec 20, 2016
  21. Press: Mortgage rates climb to highs not seen in two years
    Mortgage rates increased for the sixth week in a row to highs not seen in more than two years. According to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average climbed to… | Dec 12, 2016
  22. Press: Overdraft coming to prepaid cards, with heavy restrictions
    More consumers who use prepaid debit cards will be able to spend more than their balance, starting in October 2017. But if that feature sounds very much like overdraft protection on a traditional checking account,… | Dec 03, 2016
  23. Press: Renters and authorities say apartment listing firms offer little help
    Prepaid rental listing services, in particular, have drawn complaints for decades, spurring action from the state Legislature and repeated investigations and sanctions by the California Bureau of Real Estate. Problems continue in part because bad actors… | Nov 01, 2016
  24. Press: California A.G. investigating Wells Fargo on identity theft allegations
    The California Department of Justice is investigating Wells Fargo & Co. on allegations of criminal identity theft over its creation of millions of unauthorized accounts, according to a search warrant sent to the bank’s San Francisco… | Oct 20, 2016
  25. Press: Airlines must refund bag fee if your luggage is delayed
    If an airline delays returning your luggage after a flight, you will get a refund for your bag fee, under a new set of consumer-protection rules the Obama administration plans to adopt.  | Oct 19, 2016
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