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  1. Press: What’s the best credit card for students?
    In a few months, your baby will be a freshman in college and you may be wondering what’s the best credit card for a student.  In my opinion, the best credit card is no credit… | Jun 28, 2018
  2. Press: A debate over payday lending unfolds in the black church
    Black churches have become an unexpected battleground in the national debate over the future of payday lending. The Trump administration is reviewing a federal rule that threatens to cripple the industry, while payday lenders find… | Jun 07, 2018
  3. Press: Amazon hikes Prime membership fee 20%
    The company’s fast-growing advertising and cloud businesses drove much of the growth, sending shares to an all-time high. | Apr 27, 2018
  4. Press: LendingClub drops as FTC calls `no hidden fees’ slogan deceptive
    LendingClub Corp., once the Wall Street darling of online lenders, tumbled to a record low after U.S. regulators accused it of misleading consumers with hidden fees and charging borrowers even when they paid off loans.… | Apr 26, 2018
  5. Press: Pastors’ message wasn’t the gospel.They lobbied for payday loans
    When state lawmakers voted on a payday loan bill this year, they heard from a group not normally associated with the financial industry: men of the cloth. The ministers managed the Tallahassee trek by flying… | Apr 05, 2018
  6. Press: Yes, you can find a financial planner even if you’re not rich
    An ugly fact of the financial advice industry has generally been this: There are precious few practitioners who will work with people who are not wealthy, or at least not without pushing questionable, commission-laden investments… | Feb 05, 2018
  7. Press: Payday rules relax on Trump’s watch after lobbying by lenders
    Payday lenders will cap a year in which the industry has gone from villain to victor, the result of a concentrated lobbying campaign that has culminated in the Trump administration’s loosening regulatory grip on payday… | Feb 05, 2018
  8. Press: Don’t let payday lenders off the hook
    The acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Mick Mulvaney, appears to have identified one of the first services he will free from what he has called “a bureaucracy that has gone wrong” --… | Jan 26, 2018
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
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