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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 ...

JPMorgan Chase, U.S. in Talks Over Racial Disparities in Auto Loan Markups

JPMorgan Chase said in a regulatory filing Tuesday that it is in “discussions” with the U.S. Department of Justice about markups in auto loans amounting to potential discriminatory practices. It was ...

Android Users: Google Wallet Will Be Pre-Installed in AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile Smartphones


This ‘Relief’ Service from Payday Loans Left Consumers in Deeper Debt, FTC Says

Payday loans can trap consumers in a cycle of debt, drawing fees that can equal triple-digit interest rates. But a “debt relief” operation that promised to help customers out of payday loan indebtedness ...

Low Inventories, Rising Prices to Blame for Decline in Existing-Home Sales to 9-Month Low

You may have noticed fewer homes for sale in your neighborhood, a trend that is pushing prices upward. This is not just an isolated case. More communities across the U.S. are seeing a combination of tight inventories ...
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