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  • Aetna to let outside doctors decide. Aetna Inc., the third-largest U.S. health insurer, will let outside doctors decide whether to cancel coverage for sick customers suspected of obtaining policies through false or incomplete information. The Hartford, Conn., company will give
  • Registry for wrecks back on track. On Monday a federal judge ruled in favor of consumer groups and gave the government a deadline to finally implement a law Congress passed in 1992. Three consumer groups sued Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey in
  • Housing eating up too much income. Al Ray is so strapped for cash, the only time he eats out is on Wednesday or Sunday, when the local McDonald's sells hamburgers for 49 cents. Ray lost his engineering job last November, and has
  • Fed chief urges rapid bailout. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warned Congress Tuesday that global financial markets are under "extraordinary stress" and lawmakers must act urgently to stabilize conditions and "avert what otherwise could be very serious consequences for our
  • Bailout's tricky balancing act. As the government weighs how to bail out the financial sector, the plan's engineers face a dilemma. The higher the prices the government pays for troubled mortgage securities held by banks, the more the rescue
  • The Crisis and your pocketbook. The government's complicated financial intervention has left many everyday consumers and investors curious about the impact on their pocketbook. Today, The Post is starting a feature that attempts to answer some timely personal finance questions.
  • Llegan a un acuerdo de plan de rescate financiero. El gobierno y los principales legisladores del país acordaron incluir ayuda hipotecaria, un aumento de la supervisión del Congreso y un paquete de estímulos a compañías en problemas en su plan
  • Los latinos pagan más interés. Los consumidores hispanos en Estados Unidos pagan una tasa de interés mucho más alta que la del resto de estadounidenses cuando compran automóviles, especialmente los usados, reveló la Federación de Consumidores
  • Main Street resentment brewing over bailout. The bailout doesn't smell right to the people of Manassas Park, where the foreclosure signs are as common as azaleas. They know all about bad debt here. This is a terrain of oversize dreams, misjudgment,
  • Can we dodge a recession?. Business was already down at the Muddy Cup Coffee House this year. Now, Jim Svetz, owner of nine coffee shops in Upstate New York, fears things are only going to get worse. Consumers "see the
  • Stopping a run on money market funds. The government's plan to stop a run on money market funds is stemming the panic but raises questions on whether investors will change how they save. To stop what was turning into an exodus from
  • Aprende a invertir en la bolsa. A todo el mundo le encanta encontrarse de vez en cuando con gangas, grandes rebajas y ventas con precios especiales y descuentos; y cuando logramos llevar a casa algo que obtuvimos a un costo espectacularmente
  • For banks, bailout. For consumers, credit advice. The Treasury Department started a campaign last week to educate Americans about the importance of credit. The campaign was not designed for Wall Street banks, currently awaiting the details on their $700 billion government bailout, but
  • Fat yields on Certificates of Deposit. There's nothing wrong with a little schadenfreude these days when it comes to investing in certificates of deposit. That's because struggling banks, desperate to attract deposits, are ratcheting up CD rates, which many healthy banks
  • Couch on order, company bankrupt: Now what?. Maybe they'll become collector's items, my coffee table from Bombay Co., some old bedside tables from Scan. Both are retailers that have shuttered their stores after filing for bankruptcy protection. It's the trickle-down result of
  • Wall St. credit turmoil felt on Main St.. Credit for consumers and companies alike was choking to a halt as the crisis on Wall Street intensified earlier this week. But when word of a government bailout for financial institutions began to circulate yesterday,
  • Well-heeled find surprisingly good fit at Goodwill. Of course they don't shop at Goodwill, the women said. At least that was their line at the start of the French Embassy event Thursday night. Buy secondhand couture? A toss of salon-fresh hair accompanied
  • FTC settlement shines light on bad practices. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers have dominated recent headlines, but a little-noticed $28 million settlement earlier this month between the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and what's left of Bear Stearns symbolizes the
  • Central banks move to restore confidence. A consortium of the world's major central banks this morning pumped $180 billion into global financial markets, an effort to ensure banks have access to enough cash and to jumpstart a system that had virtually ground
  • Era of easy credit comes to abrupt end. The years of easy money were fun while they lasted. Banks and credit card providers were so flush with cash that they could help virtually anyone — including many who had trouble juggling their bills — pay

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