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2015

April

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  • Bank's offer of 'free' insurance is dubious. Sally Hwang recently spotted a payment of $8.10 on her checking account statement for accidental death and dismemberment insurance. Problem was, she had no recollection of signing up for such coverage.
  • Comcast to drop mega-merger with Time Warner Cable. Comcast is planning to drop its $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable after Washington regulators raised concerns that the combined giant would hold too much sway over the rapidly evolving television and entertainment industries,…
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  • For millennials, banking is all about the apps. Forget low fees, friendly services and convenient location—what really gets some bank customers going these days is a great app.  In fact, a majority of the 4,371 respondents to a recent survey said a better…
  • Online tune-up for the used-car marketplace. Linda Lo tried shopping for a car in the usual way, and like everyone else, she hated it.  So a few weeks ago, Ms. Lo did what anyone her age does when confronted with a…
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  • Leaving consumers high and dry. With the completion of its study of forced arbitration, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau now has the authority to prohibit the practice in the financial markets it oversees. The bureau has made a compelling case…
  • Santander fined $6m for add-on charges. Federal regulators fined Santander Bank $6 million for billing customers for an identity-protection service that many did not receive, making it the latest bank penalized for marketing and selling questionable add-on products. Santander, which is…
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  • Regulatory relief for banks that rarely fail. Rolling back regulations created after the 2008 crisis has been Job 1 for leaders of many of the nation’s large and powerful banking institutions. So it’s no surprise that recent proposals for regulatory reform in…
  • Google is about to change how search works on your phone. Brace yourselves: "Mobile-geddon" is coming. Starting Tuesday, all mobile Google searches will favor sites that have "mobile-friendly" Web sites. That move could prompt major changes to how Web sites are ranked on your smartphone and…
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  • Credit is a powerful tool for American families. Consumer credit is often thought to be just a way to live beyond one’s means and to shift consumption – to spend today instead of saving for tomorrow. But the assumption that families use credit…
  • Identity theft poses extra troubles for children. Children’s credit reports are clean. That’s attractive to people who want to begin their financial lives anew for any number of reasons. Plus, minors don’t check their credit reports or review monthly bills the way…
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  • I Have 30K in Student Loans. What Are My Options?. With the average student debt around 30k, most graduates will face this burden soon after they graduate. If you have started paying on your student loans already, you have probably realized that there is a…
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  • Can I shift Roth IRA broker fees?. What can I do to stop my broker from deducting trading fees from my Roth IRA contributions, which I make monthly? Let's say I invest $420 each month, but the broker takes $7, or $84…
 

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