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2014

September

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  • Wages of millions seized to pay past debts. Back in 2009, Kevin Evans was one of millions of Americans blindsided by the recession. His 25-year career selling office furniture collapsed. He shed the nice home he could no longer afford, but not a…
  • Looking out for yourself with disability insurance. In case anyone has forgotten, we’re all basically on our own here in personal finance land.  It began with the transition from pensions to retirement accounts, when we had to start deciding how much to…
  • More lenders are offering student-loan consolidations. If you have good credit and sufficient income — or a willing co-signer — several lenders now offer private student loan consolidation. That's a change from the recent past, when recession-scarred lenders largely abandoned this…
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  • Why the economic gender gap will eventually close. Debates over the supposed differences between men and women are a staple of pop culture. But two new books offer an economic look at the evidence, giving support to both pessimistic and optimistic perspectives on…
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  • Student loan debt burdens more than young people. An estimated two million Americans age 60 and older are in debt from unpaid student loans, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Its August “Household Debt and Credit Report” said…
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  • Verizon offers iPhone 6 for free. The iPhone 6 hasn't even been released yet, but there's already a way to get it for free. In an unusual move, Verizon Wireless announced Tuesday it would give away one of the phones Apple…
  • Will Apple Pay be safer than credit cards?. Apple knows that concerns about security have been a reason customers have shied away from previous mobile payment systems. So the company is putting security front and center with Apple Pay. The new payment service…
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  • Dept. of Education criticized for how it pays debt collectors. The Department of Education is not doing enough to crack down on debt collection agencies that are too aggressive about seeking payments from student loan borrowers, a consumer group said Wednesday. A report from the National Consumer Law Center found…
  • Home Depot hit by cyber breach. Home Depot confirmed on that its payment systems were breached, potentially affecting American and Canadian customers who visited the stores since April and used a payment card.  It is not yet known how many consumers…
  • Renters fear they lack the credit to buy a home. Many renters who want to buy a home might not even try to because they fear that they won’t qualify for a mortgage, researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York concluded Monday after…
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  • The question of coverage for ride service drivers. There is a pervasive attitude in a prominent corner of the technology industry that goes something like this: If you’re helping people rent (not share, rent) spare bedrooms or rides in their cars, then the…
 

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