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Cruise Vacations Sold Illegally Via Billions of Political Survey Robocalls, FTC Alleges

Robocalls to consumers seeking information for political surveys is legal. But when you throw in a sales pitch for a cruise to the Bahamas, that’s a different matter. The Federal Trade Commission and 10 state ...

PayPal, Google’s Android Pay Shake Up Battle for Mobile-Payments Supremacy

The rumble for dominance in the mobile payments space is heating up very quickly with Paypal, the soon-to-be spin-off of eBay, and Internet giant Google, both making fresh moves to make sure Apple Pay doesn’t ...

Costco Hooks Up with Citi, Visa for Co-Branded Cards After Breaking Up with AmEx

Costco is teaming up with Citi for a new co-branded Visa credit card program, shortly after dumping a similar agreement with American Express. Costco, the nation’s 2nd-largest retailer, will start accepting ...

Other Lenders Could Follow Wells Fargo in Reducing Subprime Auto Loan Exposure

The subprime auto loan market has grown so fast since the financial crisis that many are warning of a new bubble that could hamper an economic recovery. Wells Fargo, one of the largest subprime car lenders, is not ...

U.S. Officials Cut Ties to 5 Debt Collectors for Misleading Student Loan Borrowers

The U.S. Department of Education, which has been under intense criticism for its weak oversight of student loan debt collectors, said Friday that it will terminate its relationship with five firms, accusing them ...

Contract Signings for Home Purchases Hit 17-Month High in January, Realtors Say

When it comes to contract signings for home purchases, also known as pending home sales, 2015 got off to a good year, according to the National Association of Realtors. Higher buyer demand and tight supplies at ...

IRS: Average Tax Refund So Far at $3,120; Total Near $125 Billion

The tax filing season is in full swing with nearly 40 million refunds worth nearly $125 billion having been issued as of Feb. 20, according to an update from Internal Revenue Service. The average refund is $3,120. ...

Still-Low Mortgage Rates Climb for 3rd Straight Week; 30-Year Fixed at 3.8%

Mostly positive housing market data helped push up average fixed mortgage rates for a third consecutive week as new home sales beat estimates, according to Freddie Mac. Nonetheless, mortgages rates remain near their ...

American Express to Raise Interest Rates for Many U.S. Card Customers in Rare Move

American Express is raising interest rates for more than a million card customers following a review of “credit profiles” that began a year ago. AmEx is increasing its annual percentage rates by an average ...

Despite More 3% Down Programs, Share of Low-Downpayment Loans at 11-Year-Low

The U.S. share of low-downpayment home loans requiring 3 percent or less up front has dropped to its lowest level during the last decade. The finding by RealtyTrac, which  analyzed the size of down payments on ...
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