Never, ever deal with a debt collector. Don’t even talk to them!

The New York Times magazine recently wrote about the ever growing shady world of debt collections, and the picture is ugly.  These scavengers buy lists of people with old debt for pennies on the dollar; do [...]; . . . → Click Here to Read the Full Article

Banks using “high to low” check processing to maximize overdraft fees

A survey of 2,000 banks by the Wall Street Journal showed that 16% of them still use a form of check processing called “high to low” that is frowned upon by regulators.

Under high to low processing, [...]; . . . → Click Here to Read the Full Article

Beware of “subprime” auto loans

More and more people with poor credit ratings are being enticed into bad deals on used cars.   If you really need a car, so-called “subprime” auto loans may sound like the answer; but the deals being [...]; . . . → Click Here to Read the Full Article

Incorrect credit reports can ruin your credit

But getting them fixed can be almost impossible.

Incorrect entries on your credit report (such as the failure to show that a previous debt has been paid off) can reduce your credit score and make it hard [...]; . . . → Click Here to Read the Full Article

Why you might want to use a credit card instead of a debit card

With a credit card you can’t lose more than $50 if your card is stolen, no matter how much the thief charges to your card.

A crook can use a debit card to clean out your whole [...]; . . . → Click Here to Read the Full Article

Time to refinance your college loans?

According to the Wall Street Journal, banks, credit unions and other lenders are more willing to refinance student loans than they have been.  In addition, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) says that low interest rates make this [...]; . . . → Click Here to Read the Full Article

Small charges latest trick by cyber thieves

Cyber crime has become big business.  From the NY Times:

“If you want a good scare, take a look at the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse’s interactive chronology of United States data breaches.
A full search since the beginning of [...]; . . . → Click Here to Read the Full Article

9.3 million homes still “deeply underwater”

While total foreclosure actions (notices of default, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions) were down 26% in 2013 according to Realty Trac; there were still 1.36 million properties in the foreclosure process during the year.

Not only that, [...]; . . . → Click Here to Read the Full Article

HAMP program cutting interest rates for many

The Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) helps homeowners whose mortgage exceeds the market value of their home. It allows them to get lower interest rates; and, after a lot of resistance from the banks, it seems [...]; . . . → Click Here to Read the Full Article

Stolen credit card or debit card information: your options

The recent theft of data for millions of cards at Target raises once again the question of what you can do to protect yourself.   The answer is that after the fact your options are limited, but [...]; . . . → Click Here to Read the Full Article