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Banks See Biggest Jump in Loan, Lease Balances Since Financial Crisis: FDIC

Commercial banks and savings institutions insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) continue to report healthy earnings overall, with aggregate net income of $40.2 billion in the second quarter ...

Fannie, Freddie Not Moving Fast Enough to Help Distressed Homeowners, Advocates Say

Homeowner advocates say that the Federal Housing Finance Authority, the independent U.S. agency that oversees mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, is taking to long to help the most-troubled borrowers reduce ...

Chase Security Breach: Consumers Should Be Worried, But Mostly Vigilante

Another potentially damaging data breach could impact millions of Americans after JPMorgan Chase, the largest U.S. bank, was breached in what appears to be a coordinated cyberattack against multiple banks. // There ...

IRS: Scam Phone Calls Persist; Here are 5 Easy Ways to Spot Them

More than four months have passed since April 15, but the Internal Revenue Service issued a consumer alert Thursday alerting taxpayers that phone scams persist, with many callers saying you owe money or have a refund ...

Having It Burger King’s Way: Whopper Goes Canadian in Troubling Tax Strategy

Burger King executives are defending the deal that has the Home of the Whopper buying Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain Tim Hortons for about $11 billion. // Essentially, the deal moves Burger King out of the ...

Foreclosures Sink 21% Year-Over-Year as Inventory Falls Below National Average in 36 States

Over the past year, the U.S. foreclosure rate dropped 21.2 percent, down to 45,000 in July.  That’s the 18th straight month of at least a 20 percent year-over-year decline, according to CoreLogic’s ...

Consumers Regain Pre-Crisis Level of Confidence in U.S. Economy

Consumers haven’t felt this confident about the U.S. economy since October 2007, a few months before the financial crisis would fully erupt. // The Conference Board says in its latest update that the confidence ...

High-Tech Plus Cement Equals 3-D Printed Backyard Castle Designed by U.S. Architect

High-tech meets old-fashioned building material. The result is a stunning backyard castle, which is probably the best example yet of using a cement 3-D printer. Architect Andrey Rudenko, of Minnesota, whose work ...

Obamacare Workaround? Insurer Tactics Can Limit Coverage for Some to Find Right Plan

Consumer advocates and industry experts say insurers are limiting their coverage of those in need of medical care, a tactic which can make it tough for the people who need insurance to find the right plan. // Something ...
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Credit Card Borrowers Record Lowest Delinquency Rate in 7 years, TransUnion Says

The U.S. credit card delinquency rate, which tracks the ratio of borrowers 90 days or more late on their payments, dropped from 1.27 percent in the second quarter of 2013 to 1.16 percent in the second quarter of ...
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