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CFPB is taking a fresh look at bank overdraft fee rule

by Renata Sago Jul 2, 2019
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is reviewing a 2009 rule that regulates how banks charge customers who overdraw their checking accounts.
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Senate rejects rival Democratic, GOP plans for reopening government

by Associated Press Jan 24, 2019
The Democratic plan received one more vote than the Republican proposal.
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Gender-specific toys mean more revenue for toy makers

by Erika Beras Nov 26, 2018
One growing trend in toy-buying is so-called gender-neutral playthings – toys that don’t reinforce gender stereotypes like trucks for boys or dolls for girls. But those stereotypes appear hard to shake for both toy makers and consumers. Click the audio…
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by Justin Ho and Leila Goldstein Nov 20, 2018
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Expanding airports are banking on local retailers to add value

by Renata Sago Nov 6, 2018
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Consumer spending increases again. How long will that last?

by , and Oct 29, 2018
U.S. consumer spending rose for a 7th straight month in September, according the the Commerce Department. Economists expect that trend to continue despite slow wage growth.  

Consumer spending increases again. How long will that last?

by , and Oct 29, 2018
U.S. consumer spending rose for a 7th straight month in September, according the the Commerce Department. Economists expect that trend to continue despite slow wage growth.  

With holiday shopping approaching, consumers weigh pocketbook issues

by Mitchell Hartman Oct 26, 2018
Consumer sentiment has been strong.
The billions of dollars spent on holiday shopping each year leaves out one big piece of the gift-giving puzzle.
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