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  • Rent to own: Wall Street’s latest housing trick. At a conference on housing finance last month, a collection of investors described their innovative "rent-to-own" products. Rent-to-own schemes have long exploited the poor. Naturally, marketers address that problem with euphemisms. Today, it's called lease…
  • Why you should tell your kids how much you make. When Scott Parker wanted his six offspring to know more about the value of money, he decided to do something that many parents would consider radical: show them exactly what he earned.
  • Can evil automated switchboards really be improved?. The automated switchboard, that most satanic of corporate innovations, isn't going away even though the vast majority of consumers despise it.  In fact, the technology may play an even greater role in your life by…
  • Affordable housing didn’t cause the financial crisis. Irresponsible lending might have been one of the many causes of the financial crisis -- but not just irresponsible lending to poor people, according to a new study. "The large majority of mortgage dollars originated between…
  • Happy 'Data Privacy Day,' now lock your cellphone. No one plans to lose their cellphone, but if it happens and the phone isn't locked, the consequences can be devastating. Consumer Reports estimates that about 4.5 million cellphones were lost or stolen last year.…
  • Stop paying so much for tax help. If there is ever a year in which you might be tempted to hire a tax pro, this could be it. The Internal Revenue Service is warning it will probably answer fewer than half of…
  • A gay couple awaits the justices decision. It may have been a coincidence that the United States Supreme Court announced its intent to hear another same-sex marriage case the same week as the holiday honoring Martin Luther King’s Birthday, but it was…
  • Los cuatro errores financieros que puede estar cometiendo. Si cree que está tomando las mejores decisiones posibles con su dinero, reconsidere. Todos nos vemos a nosotros mismos como consumidores e inversionistas racionales que optimizamos el uso del dinero que ganamos con el sudor…

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