Jan 6, 2012 ''m curious about safe ways to establish credit. I have ambitions to run my own cafe and coffee roastery one day. Having a good credit history is going to be key. But, I hate the idea of spending money that I don't have and keeping track of interest rates. Are there any cards or plans I should look into, with this in mind? Charlie, Philadelphia, PA
Jan 5, 2012 The president plans to use a recess appointment to name Richard Cordray as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Jan 4, 2012 President Obama bypassed the Senate and appointed Cordray as the head of the CFPB. Yet, legal challenges will likely follow.
Dec 15, 2011 Three banks unveil a new three-page checking account guide. Experts hope a new era of simplified disclosure will follow.
Dec 9, 2011 U.S. Senate Republicans blocked former Ohio attorney general Richard Cordray's appointment as director of the CFPB. The new bureau is a centerpiece in the Dodd-Frank financial reform law.
Dec 9, 2011 We talk to one of our Washington reporters about what happened in the news this week.
Dec 8, 2011 The consumer bureau was supposed to be a key part of Congressman Frank's financial reform law, the Dodd-Frank act. He talks about his frustration with Republicans who voted to block the confirmation of a director.
Dec 8, 2011 I recently "moved my money" and I'd like to get rid of my old credit cards linked to the old bank accounts. Assuming there are no fees for keeping the old cards, should I save one and not use it, or occasionally use it in case it needs to remain active? Or can I simplify my life, cut loose the dormant accounts and just move on to my new cards? Any advice appreciated. Charlie, San Francisco, CA
Dec 7, 2011 Republicans are trying to block the appointment of Richard Cordray as director of the CFPB in preference of a commission; Democrats say it's a fight against consumer protection.