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MasterCard: ‘MasterPass’ Digital Wallet Expands to More Merchants

Credit card providers are venturing through various paths to gain ground in the growing segment of mobile payments and online shopping. Both bank-issued cards and the card networks are vying for more mobile customers. Now ...

Credit Card Metadata: It’s Easy to Identity Users from Supposedly Anonymous Info, Study Finds

So-called metadata is used widely in commercial applications to track shopping habits of credit card users, usually from a database packed with millions of nameless and supposedly anonymous shoppers. Researchers ...
Auto Loans Get Paid Ahead of Credit Cards, Mortgages: TransUnion

Car Title Lenders ‘Deceptively’ Promoted Loan Terms, Putting Consumers at Risk, FTC Says

A loan taken out against a borrower’s car title normally amounts to a high cost, short-term deal — and in some cases the borrower could lose their car depending on fine-line terms that can be deceptively ...

Majority of U.S. Households Have Only 1 Month’s Worth of Liquid Savings, Report Says

The majority of American households (55 percent) are have just enough liquid savings to replace less than one month of their income, according to a new report by Pew Charitable Trusts. Despite being seven years ...

Despite Low Interest Rates, Pending Home Sales Eased in December on Tight Supplies

As 2014 came to an end, mortgage rates reached their lowest level of the year, but lower borrowing costs did little to boost pending home sales as inventories were tight and prices remained on the high side, according ...

Fidelity: 401(k)s Hit Record Highs by End of 2014; Average Balance $91,300

A surging stock market propelled 401(k) balances to a record high by the end of 2014, with an average balance of $91,300, according to just-released figures from Fidelity Investments. The average 401(k) balance ...

FTC: TracFone Deceived Consumers About ‘Unlimited’ Data Plans, Agrees to Pay $40 Million

TracFone is the largest prepaid wireless provider in the U.S. and it has heavily promoted “unlimited” data offerings since 2009 for about $45 a month. But the Federal Trade Commission said today that ...
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Obama Scuttles Plan to Tax Capital Gains on 529 College Savings Amid Strong Opposition

President Obama has changed his mind about effectively ending the tax break tied to a very popular college savings program, known as 529s, after widespread public and political blowback. Obama had proposed raising ...

California Regulators, Coinbase Don’t Exactly Agree on Whether Bitcoin Trades are Regulated

There was already plenty of uncertainty and confusion surrounding bitcoin before this week’s development that saw Silicon Valley’s Coinbase proclaim it has launched the first U.S. exchange for the virtual ...
Home Prices Nudge Up, But Held Back by Distressed Sales

Strong Home-Price Gains Will Be Limited to Areas in These States in 2015

Year-over-year growth rates in home prices across the nation declined in November, recording a 4.7 percent gain compared to 4.6 percent in October, according to the just-released update from S&P/Case-Shiller’s ...
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