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Free credit reports

Jan 23, 2012
Where can I get an annual free credit report? Thanks. Myra, Pineville, NC
Posted In: credit report, credit, debt

Americans make progress with debt -- the hard way

Jan 19, 2012
U.S. households are ahead of the other major industrial nations in shedding debts.
Posted In: debt, household, home equity, Economy

Beyond our means

Jan 18, 2012
Sad to say, the 19th and early 20th century notion of the democratization of savings became the late 20th century idea of the democratization of credit. It's time to change the focus of public policy.
Posted In: Savings, homeownership, debt, global economy

Buffett ready to match GOP tax donations

Jan 18, 2012
The billionaire will match the contributions made by Rep. Scott Rigell to pay down the national debt. But he's still waiting for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to make a contribution.
Posted In: debt, national debt, Warren Buffett

Cordray's plans for the CFPB

Jan 13, 2012
Richard Cordray, chief of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, discusses what powers he'll have and how he plans to use them.
Posted In: CFPB, Personal Finance, debt, mortgage, Richard Cordray

Suze debuts new show, new card

Jan 13, 2012
Financial adviser Suze Orman rolled out a new TV show and debit card this week. She discusses the controversial new card and why it could be her swan song.
Posted In: debt, debit card, Suze Orman, credit score

Getting Personal: Underwater - should you swim away?

Jan 13, 2012
L.A. Times consumer columnist David Lazarus joins Tess to answer questions about debt mediation services and how to cope with the bank when your home is underwater.
Posted In: identity theft, debt, mortgage solicitation, underwater mortgage

JPMorgan Chase slows debt collection

Jan 13, 2012
The American Banker says that JPMorgan Chase appears to be backing off efforts to collect unpaid credit card debt from its customers. They're not forgiving the debt, but they've quietly stopped going after it.
Posted In: debt, debt collection, Credit Cards

Goodbye, bank

Jan 13, 2012
My mortgage is down to $27,000, which I can pay off after topping off my cash reserve (1 year of expenses). Is there any reason not to do this? My interest rate is 4 3/8 percent. I'm getting about 1 percent in my money market account. I have no other debt, and my 401(k) and IRA are maxed out. Ken, Portland, OR
Posted In: home, mortgage, debt

Soaring student loan debt has bankers nervous

Jan 12, 2012
As the cost of an education rises and students borrow to cover the costs, lenders worry about recouping funds.
Posted In: college tuition, universities, debt, student loan debt

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