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NEW YORK (sbup) — In 2010, Congress made it a priority to put “swipe fee” language into the Financial Reform Act, but the card industry's lobbying efforts to delay such reform could cost retailers up to $1 billion per month. Read more»
WASHINGTON (TheStreet) -- Bank lending to small businesses continued to decline in 2009 and 2010, but there were some signs of stabilization, according to the Small Business Administration. Read more»
Bank Salutes Military With Better Loan Rates
By: Brian O'Connell
NEW YORK (MainStreet) – Going against the tide of rising fees, one bank took a look at the hard work our armed forces are doing overseas and came up with a nice “thank you” present  - unsecured personal loans of up to $10,000. Read more»
Experian Adds Rental History to Credit Scores
By: Brian O'Connell
NEW YORK (sbup) — Credit bureaus don’t give much weight to a person's history of rent payments when considering creditworthiness, but considering that one-third of the U.S. Read more»
The Best States for Home Equity Lines of Credit
By: Matt Brownell
NEW YORK (RateWatch) – A home equity line of credit (HELOC) can be a great option for homeowners who need to borrow money but don’t feel like paying the steep interest rates of a credit card or personal loan. Read more»
How Credit Inquiries Affect Your Score
By: Brian O'Connell
NEW YORK (sbup) — Are credit inquiries sinking your credit score? They might be. While there are a number of factors involved – “hard” versus “soft” inquiries are at the top of that list – not every inquiry hurts. But those that do can hurt pretty bad. Read more»
Capital One Ranks Best for Small Biz
By: Brian O'Connell
NEW YORK (sbup) — The 2010 Small Business Bank Study is out and a trio of high-profile banks atop its “consumer best” list made some huge gains in consumer satisfaction in just one year. Read more»
Americans now owe about $2.4 trillion in consumer debt, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. While that sounds like a lot (it is), it represents a 1.5% decline from the previous quarter. Read more»
Personal Bankruptcies Rise as Debts Decline
By: Brian O'Connell
Call it a tale of two statistics. While personal bankruptcies are on the rise – significantly – the Federal Reserve says that American consumers are paying down their revolving debt. In the spirit of the holiday season, let’s examine how to speed up the process on the latter so you don’t fall victim to the former. Read more»
Beware Phony Debt Collectors
By: Brian O'Connell
Debt collection is a sketchy business, but in some cases it can go from sketchy to illegal. Read more»
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