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News

2007

November

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  • Be a smart holiday shopper. You shop all year long. So why do you need tips for being a smart holiday shopper? Because this is power shopping, done at the most hectic time of year. When you are tired and…
  • Paulson says housing help is on the way. Passing squall or supersized economic blowout? However the housing and credit-market upheavals play out, they will shape the legacy of Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. From the start, he has tried to orchestrate a…
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  • Talking about regifting. I can't let the holiday season go by without talking about regifting. To regift is to give someone something you were given but didn't want or couldn't use. I've been a regifter for years, long…
  • Spreading the [housing] misery. The nation’s foreclosure crisis is metastasizing, and communities are in harm’s way as property values and tax bases decline and crime increases. In the third quarter, there were 635,000 foreclosure filings, a 30 percent increase…
  • Ford agrees to vouchers in rollover suit. The Ford Motor Company agreed Wednesday to settle class-action lawsuits covering plaintiffs in four states who claimed its Explorer sport utility vehicles were prone to rollovers, the company and a lawyer for the plaintiffs said.…
  • SEC limits investors' proxy power. Following a contentious hearing Wednesday, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted a rule that will make it more difficult for shareholders to nominate their own candidates to serve on the boards of companies. By a…
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  • Verizon to open its wireless networks. Verizon Wireless said yesterday that it would allow customers to use any compatible device or software on its network, responding to growing pressure on the wireless industry to give people more control over how they…
  • FTC identity theft results disputed. dentity theft among Americans is down, according to a belated — and controversial — report issued by the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday. The FTC says 8.3 million adults, or 3.7% of all Americans over…
  • 'Free' credit reports sometimes aren't free. Like many consumers, Wendy Temple's first step shopping for a mortgage was to go online to get a sense of where she stood as a prospective borrower. Temple, an accountant, surfed to TrueCredit.com, a popular…
  • FCC retreats on cable regulation plan. n a blow to the head of the Federal Communications Commission, the agency late Tuesday withdrew a controversial proposal that could have led to sweeping regulation of the cable industry because of opposition from a…
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  • How arbitration takes away your right to sue. Our car is old. The 1993 Honda Accord has more than 145,000 miles on it, but it's paid for and still runs pretty well despite the rust. But this year my husband and I decided…
  • Net shoppers tread treacherous water. A confluence of commerce and criminal activity may turn the next four weeks into the most dangerous period ever to surf the Internet. "Given the kickoff to the holidays and the increasing sophistication of cyberthieves,…
  • Housing woes have domino effect. If you haven't yet felt the impact of the nation's credit crisis, just wait. Chances are, you won't have to wait long. So far, the turmoil may feel a bit remote for average people: Failed…
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  • Wireless phone monopoly a bad deal. Anyone who travels around Vermont knows the inadequacy of our cell phone coverage. Some towns have virtually no reception. Others have, at best, spotty coverage. At a time when strong cell phone service is essential…
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  • Targeting yield-spread-premium abuse. When a mortgage broker steers a borrower toward a high-rate loan for which the broker collects a rebate from the lender, that payment is called a yield spread premium. When the broker does so without…
  • Senators don't rush into housing relief. Thousands of Americans may be losing their homes to foreclosure or facing hefty mortgage-payment resets, but the Senate appears to be in no rush to help. The House has passed several major housing-relief measures in…
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  • Give toy safety more clout. Note: Doug Gansler is Maryland's attorney general. David Kosmos is program associate for Maryland PIRG. Today is "Black Friday" - the traditional start of the holiday shopping season. As parents and other caregivers get ready…
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  • Most and least efficient of 200 big charities. Here's our big suggestion to those brimming with holiday charitable spirit: Treat any would-be donation like you would an investment. After all, as a supporter, you become a stakeholder. Do your research and learn all…
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  • El interés en letras grandes. La principal asociación del sector de préstamos rápidos o de día de pago —payday lenders— anunció ayer que en adelante sus afiliados colocarán carteles en sus oficinas explicando las cuotas, intereses y condiciones de sus…
  • ¿Te negaron el préstamo? Puede ser un error. Muchas familias necesitan solicitar préstamos, buscar otro empleo o comprar una póliza de seguro. Pero muchas veces la solicitud es negada por problemas en el reporte de crédito. Para que tengas una idea, en el…
 

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