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News

2008

January

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  • Cámara Baja aprueba plan económico. La Cámara Baja del Congreso aprobó ayer por abrumadora mayoría un plan de estímulo económico de 146,000 millones de dólares, pero su avance en el Senado parece complicarse por la presentación de una alternativa que…
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  • Foreclosures up 75% in 2007. The number of foreclosures soared in 2007, with 405,000 households losing their home, according to a report released Tuesday. Total foreclosure filings soared 97% in December alone compared with December of 2006, according to RealtyTrac,…
  • Reassess wisdom about 401(k) investing. Are you losing money in your tax-deferred 401(k) and IRA accounts? Here's a thought that may add to your pain: If you held those same investments outside of a retirement fund, you could be using…
  • Fracasa reforma para la salud. La reforma de salud que pretendía hacer obligatorio el seguro médico en California y dar cobertura al 70% de los 6.5 millones de no asegurados murió ayer en el Senado al lograr solamente un voto…
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  • Phone giants' rising rates questioned. AT&T and Verizon are raising prices for caller ID and other popular phone services by as much as 300%, even as they continue to push regulators to loosen up because of increased competition. AT&T and…
  • Cybercrooks grow even more crafty. The Chinese Year of the Rat begins next week. In the cyberunderground, it is already shaping up to be the Year of the Clever Rat, as crooks scurry to perfect ways to steal data and…
  • California Governor's health plan in trouble. It has been a January to forget for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of California. Since the beginning of the year, the governor, who handily won re-election just 14 months ago, has had to confront a $14.5…
  • Stimulous package gives wrong advice. Consumers for years have done more than their share of propping up the economy. And what do we have to show for it? Steep credit card debt. Little or no savings for retirement or college.…
  • Appraisers lawsuit puts lenders on notice. Real estate appraisers have complained for years about demands from loan officers that they fudge and inflate numbers to allow mortgage deals to close. Now a California appraiser has sued the country's largest thrift institution,…
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  • Take precautions against online fraud. Here's a modern set of resolutions: Exercise more, eat healthfully, recycle and don't answer e-mail from Nigeria. Frauds are part of life in the digital era, but there are ways to guard against them, whether…
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  • Hispanic homeownership could fall during crisis. Hispanic homeownership topped 50 percent in recent years but is in danger of declining during this housing crisis, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson said during a visit to San Antonio on Friday.…
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  • Los pobres hacemos mucho con poco. A Joel Toscano, la ayuda que pueda llegarle por el estímulo económico, aprobado ayer en el Congreso, no le servirá para mantener su casa en Cabazon, donde todavía vive con su esposa y tres hijos…
  • Estímulo para el mercado inmobiliario. Un componente del tentativo paquete de estímulos económicos del gobierno anunciado ayer jueves da un empuje inmediato a compradores y vendedores de vivienda de alto precio en el mercado. El paquete, acordado ayer por miembros…
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  • Time for attention to consumer issues. Congress is back in session and lawmakers have a lot on their plate right now. Clearly, an economic stimulus package tops the list. But a number of important consumer issues that made headlines in 2007…
  • Homeowners deluge mortgage brokers. Homeowners deluged mortgage brokers with calls Wednesday, hoping to take advantage of sharply lower interest rates to refinance into cheaper loans. Countrywide Financial Corp., the nation's biggest mortgage lender, said call volume jumped by at…
  • Veto stands on children's health insurance. Democrats cited the nation’s economic problems as a reason to expand a popular health insurance program for children on Wednesday, but their effort failed as the House sustained President Bush’s veto of a bill to…
  • Cities beg for aid from foreclosures. Facing a collapse in the subprime mortgage market that has pockmarked their cities with vacant houses and crippled their budgets, the nation’s mayors pleaded Wednesday for a huge infusion of federal aid. As more than…
  • More employers drop health care plans. Nick Trikolas plans to drop health insurance for his employees and give them money to buy their own coverage. He says doing so will put him in the vanguard of a movement by employers searching…
  • You can ride it out, baby. Every January, my husband and I update our finances, but this year's review nearly sent me over the edge. Last week, as we were tabulating our assets, I looked at the latest statement from my…
  • La recesión amenaza a los consumidores. Los consumidores y el ciudadano de a pie han comenzado ya a percibir la amenaza de una recesión mientras las autoridades del país y analistas financieros debaten si Estados Unidos está o no a las…
 

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