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2014

August

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  • Discover, AmEx tie for tops in customer satisfaction. Credit card issuers are getting better at keeping customers happy, but some are succeeding more than others, according to the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Credit Card Satisfaction Study, released Thursday. American Express, the perennial leader…
  • Bank hack attack: What you should do. With the FBI investigating a cyberattack that hit at least five banks, including JPMorgan Chase, many consumers are wondering what they can do to protect themselves if their accounts have been compromised. Here are some…
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  • Cash still rules for small purchases. Fewer Americans are carrying cash in their wallets these days, but when it comes to small purchases, people are still more likely to whip out a $5 bill than a credit card. Cash is by far the…
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  • How to fix wealth inequality. The ability to transfer wealth from one generation to the next is the driving force behind ending intergenerational poverty. Most wealth in the United States is gained from the appreciation of home values over time.…
  • Labor Day gas prices cheapest since 2010. The late summer slide in global crude oil prices will push the cost of U.S. gasoline to its lowest Labor Day level since 2010. Better yet: prices are likely to continue dropping to 2014 lows…
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  • Gov. Brown signs bill requiring cellphone 'kill switches'. Gov. Jerry Brown and California lawmakers addressed technology's dark side Monday, with Brown approving a requirement for "kill switches'' on smartphones and legislators requesting new protection for victims of revenge porn and identity theft. Brown…
  • Can you trust Carfax?. Certainly, we don’t want to imply Carfax is a bad thing. However, we do think used-car buyers need to realize a Carfax report is not the word of God. It can be a useful tool,…
  • Before retiring, make sure you have a plan. We chide people for not saving enough, but as one reader noted, that’s almost the easy part. Trying to understand the many rules and caveats to the rules makes planning for retirement so difficult. I’ll…
  • Are prepaid cards right for your college student?. You want to make sure your kid can pay for everyday expenses, but it can be a challenge figuring out the best way to make that happen. Re-loadable prepaid debit cards have become a popular choice…
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  • When to tap into your retirement accounts. Money is really tight, and you’re struggling just to get by. Then you remember that you’ve got tens of thousands of dollars in your retirement accounts. Can’t you somehow get access to that cash?
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  • Heirs fail to inform lender of mother's death. Dear Liz: My mother passed away unexpectedly in late 2008. She had a mortgage, and the house was under her name only. She didn't leave a will. My family is still paying the loan, and…
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  • Big finance's ploy to keep consumers in the dark. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently announced a plan to significantly expand the information that consumers can choose to make public when they file complaints. If the new plan goes forward, its public database will…
  • JPMorgan customers targeted in email phishing campaign. Fraudsters are targeting JPMorgan Chase customers in an email "phishing" campaign that is unusual because it attempts to collect credentials for that bank and also infect PCs with a virus that steals passwords from other…
  • BofA to pay $16.65 billion over soured home loans. Bank of America Corp. will pay a record $16.65 billion to resolve government claims over soured home loans in what is probably the last major settlement stemming from the mortgage meltdown. The deal also largely…
 

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