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  • Para ahorrar y mantener una perspectiva fresca. Hay consumidores que debieran pensar mejor cómo gastar el dinero en medio de una economía poco favorable. No obstante, con un poco de planificación de gastos es posible lograr cierto control financiero
  • Talk to your kids about ID theft. Add identity theft to the long list of things parents should discuss and educate their teens about, the Better Business Bureau of Greater Maryland says. Parents should teach their children to question anyone who asks
  • Salvage treasures for smart homeowners. Piled on two rolling carts: four panel doors, two cases of gray ceramic tile, two bags of grout, one white pedestal sink, still boxed, and a pail of mortar. The doors need some work. The
  • What rate cuts? Use of plastic gets pricier. Borrowing money has become cheaper for banks after a series of aggressive rate cuts by the Federal Reserve. So why are many people's credit cards growing more expensive? Hundreds of thousands of Capital One and
  • Piggybacks: High cost to pay for small loan. As home prices peaked in the first half of this decade, roughly 40 percent of buyers took out two loans - often from two lenders - to cover the purchase. These loans, known as piggyback mortgages,
  • Lawsuit takes aim at 'junk' fees. Just about anybody who has bought a home or taken out a mortgage in the past five years has run into them in some form: mysterious fees charged by real estate brokers, lenders, builders and
  • Congreso aprueba plan de rescate económico. El Congreso, que enfrenta la perspectiva de una recesión en un año electoral, aprobó anoche un plan de emergencia que entrega reembolsos de impuestos de $600 a $1,200 a la mayoría de los contribuyentes
  • Contratos públicos: demanda contra la SBA. Los grandes se están llevando los contratos de los pequeños. Ese es uno de los argumentos principales de la demanda que la Liga Americana de Pequeños Negocios (ASBL) planteó este miércoles
  • A credit card you might want to toss. Credit-card issuers have drawn fire for jacking up interest rates on cardholders who aren't behind on payments, but whose credit score has fallen for another reason. Now, some consumers complain, Bank of America is hiking
  • US DOJ sued over auto database. The Justice Department failed to create a national database of vehicle ownership required under a 1992 law and should be forced to so within 30 days, three consumer groups said in a lawsuit yesterday. The law, intended
  • Facing losses, banks boost credit card rates. To understand how the collapse of the nation's real estate market is hitting borrowers of all kinds, consider Carson Moore. Moore, of Elkton, Ky., says he always pays more than the minimum due on his
  • Revelan demanda contra Wachovia. Wachovia enfrenta desde el año pasado una demanda colectiva que acusa al banco de beneficiarse del trato con compañías fraudulentas de telemercadotecnia que utilizaban las cuentas de sus clientes, muchos de ellos personas
  • Propuesta puede reducir salarios. Una propuesta presentada ayer por el Departamento del Trabajo (DOL) de Estados Unidos para reformar el programa de trabajadores huéspedes que otorga las visas H-2A estaría reduciendo el salario de los trabajadores
  • La impuntualidad ahoga a aerolíneas. La cuarta parte de los vuelos domésticos no consiguió llegar a tiempo en el 2007 --el segundo peor año en los récords-- y los analistas temen que empeore la situación. Más
  • Americans start to pay as they go. For more than half a century, Americans have proved staggeringly resourceful at finding new ways to spend money. In the 1950s and ’60s, as credit cards grew in popularity, many began dining out when the
  • Fliers will pay to check a second bag. Millions of passengers who like to pack heavily on trips soon will have to pay extra to check a second bag on United Airlines (UAUA). Citing the extraordinary cost of jet fuel, United on Monday
  • Senate calls timeout on economic stimulus plan. Senate debate bogged down Monday night on a bill meant to boost the sagging economy by putting more money in consumers' pockets and cutting some business taxes. Senators voted 80-4 Monday to cut off debate
  • Productos para bebés: Sustancias nocivas. Sustancias químicas que, según algunos grupos medioambientales, son peligrosas para la salud, están contenidas en algunos productos para bebés, como champús, lociones, polvos y juguetes, reveló ayer un estudio. La

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