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  • PayPal sues the CFPB over its prepaid rule. PayPal Inc. sued the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, seeking to block a rule that requires it to make disclosures that allegedly confuse consumers. The “Prepaid Rule” requires that customers of PayPal and Venmo,
  • Are student loans the next mortgage crisis?. Mike Calhoun, who runs the nonprofit Center for Responsible Lending, sees many similarities between the 2007-2008 mortgage crisis and today’s student loans. The latest student loan debt statistics show that there are approximately 45
  • Community Reinvestment Act cheat sheet. The OCC and FDIC’s sweeping proposal to reform how they implement the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) would maintain in part the physical component of assessment areas while introducing a new "50%-5%"
  • How to use up flexible spending account dollars before year's end. Some often-overlooked items that experts note are FSA-eligible: —Dental treatments including X-rays, teeth cleaning, fillings, crowns, braces, extractions, dentures and denture cleaning supplies and fluoride treatments to prevent tooth decay. —Out-of-pocket costs for
  • It’s not too late to fund a college 529 plan. Children stand to benefit from having a 529 account opened in their name, regardless of when it’s opened. There’s a common misconception about 529 plans, which is that the student is limited to
  • How to save money for retirement. While most workers are responsible for their own retirement savings these days, high schools don’t have required classes on 401(k)s and Individual Retirement Accounts (I.R.A.s). And colleges usually don
  • Nearly 700,000 SNAP recipients could lose benefit. The Trump administration is tightening work requirements for some food stamp recipients, a change that is expected to eliminate Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits for 688,000 adults. The new rule makes it more difficult for states

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