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Deals of the Week: Oct. 28
By: Brian O'Connell
Yikes. The government and the business media keep telling Americans that the U.S. economy is rising like a phoenix out of the recessionary ashes. But regular Americans keep pouring cold water on Uncle Sam’s bonfire. Read more»
Gold has climbed to record highs recently, topping $1,050 an ounce, and its admirers say it will keep on going, thanks to jitters about the world economy, the falling dollar and growing demand from commercial users.Gold has been the financial fallback throughout history. So, is it a good alternative today to your certificates of deposit, money market accounts or other “safe” holdings? Read more»
Deals of the Week: Oct. 14
By: Brian O'Connell
If you really want to see whether banks will come across with good interest rate deals through the end of the year, pay close attention to third-quarter earnings at big banks like JPMorgan Chase (Stock Quote: JPM) and Bank of America (Stock Quote: BAC). Read more»
The Ultimate Guide To Bank Failures
By: Philip van Doorn Ratings continues to monitor the health of the nation’s banks and savings and loan associations by issuing special reports each quarter on banks in key states, banks with capital shortages, and financial strength ratings.  Read more»
Strong Banks Still Exist Despite Turmoil
By: Philip van Doorn
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns have disappeared, the U.S. government has gotten into the banking business, Bank of America's (Stock Quote: BAC) Ken Lewis has crumbled under pressure, and global banks still have more than a trillion dollars in toxic assets to write down. Read more»
Geithner Stresses Need for Strong Dollar
By: The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — The dollar traded lower against major currencies Monday despite attempts over the weekend to boost the strength of the American currency. An upgrade of large banks and a report that the service sector grew for the first time in more than a year provided a boost for confidence in the economy, prompting investors to leave the safe haven of the dollar for riskier assets. Read more»
Just about every bank customer has a horror story of how his or her bank charged them $30 or more in overdraft fees. What’s less common are stories on how bank consumers can actually opt out of — or reverse — overdraft charges. But it’s a story that needs telling. Read more»
Now that the Credit Card Reform Act is in place – either in December or February 2010, depending on what Congress ultimately agrees on – lawmakers and the Federal Reserve have trained their sights on banks. Read more»
Deals of the Week: Sept. 30
By: Brian O'Connell
It’s been an interesting week so far in the bank marketplace, particularly as the FDIC finally announced the framework to shore up its cash reserves – by turning to banks, and not U.S. Treasuries, for funding. Primarily, the FDIC will pump up its bank insurance fund by requiring financial institutions to “prepay” their FDIC insurance fees. Here’s what the agency said in a press release issued Tuesday. Read more»
The dollar continues to fall against foreign currencies. Traders get excited about this sort of thing, but does it matter to ordinary folk?Exchange rates do matter. If you buy a car or other good made overseas, or travel abroad, a weak dollar makes things more expensive. Read more»
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