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U.S. consumer bankruptcies are on an upward trend, with 1.6 million filings estimated to come by the end of 2010. Read more»
3 Ways to Cut Wire Transfer Costs
By: Brian O'Connell
Do you know where your bank ranks when it comes to wire transfer fees? Somewhat surprisingly, some banks offer wire rates that are 100% less than the competition. We’ll take a look at those banks, and offer a few tips on how to keep a lid on bank wire transfer fees. Read more» recently took a test drive on a web site called It’s a web site that promises a quick credit score estimate online, and with complete privacy. We took the ride for you, and found out that it works quite well – and you don’t have to sign up for any mandatory subscription services. Read more»
It’s not just homebuyers who have to deal with credit issues before they can move in to their new digs. Increasingly, renters have to find ways to pass the credit test, too. Landlords often use credit reports to gauge the risk and reliability of a potential renter. Read more»
Deals of the Week: Aug. 25
By: Brian O'Connell
Deals of the Week is designed to get you the best deals on the bank rate marketplace each week.The idea is to discuss recent economic and market events that might impact bank rates over the short-term – things like the unemployment rate or consumer confidence numbers, or the latest economic outlook from the Federal Reserve. Read more»
Fannie & Freddie: Time to Move On?
By: Brian O'Connell
Once a big supporter of Fannie Mae (Stock Quote: FNM) and Freddie Mac (Stock Quote: FRE), Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and powerful Congressman Barney Frank have turned sour on the two quasi-government mortgage giants. Read more»
Build Your Credit Score After Divorce
By: Brian O'Connell
Divorce is hard enough without having your credit score sink like a well-thrown knuckleball. Still, there are steps you can take to rejuvenate your score, even if it has dipped in the wake of your marriage. Read more»
American Credit Scores Hit New Lows
By: The Associated Press
By Eilenn A.J. Connelly, AP Personal Finance Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The credit scores of millions more Americans are sinking to new lows. Figures provided by FICO Inc. show that 25.5% of consumers — nearly 43.4 million people — now have a credit score of 599 or below, marking them as poor risks for lenders. It's unlikely they will be able to get credit cards, auto loans or mortgages under the tighter lending standards banks now use. Read more»
There’s no doubt that American are doing a much better job cutting their debt. The average total household debt in the U.S. fell from $35,245 in 2008 to $16,046 in 2009, according to the Federal Reserve, while total U.S. consumer debt fell from $2.56 trillion in 2009 to $2.45 trillion by the end of 2009. Read more»
A New Financial Oversight Bill Emerges
By: The Associated Press
By Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON AP) — Unable to muster bipartisan agreement on key banking provisions, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd said Thursday he will offer his own version of a sweeping overhaul of financial regulations without Republican support. A month of talks between Dodd and Republican Sen. Bob Corker found some common ground but failed to yield agreement on consumer protections and other sticking points. Read more»
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