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2008

May

10
  • Appraisal reform faces resistance. A legal brawl is breaking out over how homes are appraised, at what cost and by whom. The outcome could directly affect how much you pay for your next piece of real estate and how…
08
  • Internet Commerce Issue [Spring 2008]. This issue of Consumer Action News covers many aspects of doing business online, including payment methods, privacy, tips for security, Internet auctions, favorite e-tailer sites and sources of advice and information.
  • Internet Commerce Issue [Spring 2008]. This issue of Consumer Action News covers many aspects of doing business online, including payment methods, privacy, tips for security, Internet auctions, favorite e-tailer sites and sources of advice and information.
  • Fed, FTC propose new rules on poor-credit notices. Lenders would be required to tell consumers when they are being offered less favorable terms based on poorer credit scores under new rules proposed on Thursday by the Federal Reserve and the Federal Trade Commission.…
  • Bush says he'll veto foreclosure relief bill. President Bush declared Wednesday that he would veto the foreclosure relief legislation under consideration in Congress, surprising Democrats who believed that they had administration support for key portions of the bills. In brief remarks after…
07
06
  • Overdue first step to curb credit card abuses. For years, neither regulators nor lawmakers have taken much notice as consumers cried for help against unfair credit practices. Card issuers were left free to jack up rates and already record-high fees and penalties, both…
  • Doubts raised on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. As home prices continue their free fall and banks shy away from lending, Washington officials have increasingly relied on two giant mortgage companies — Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — to keep the housing market…
  • Bernanke: Let's fight foreclosures. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warned late Monday that the federal government should do more to stave off home foreclosures that threaten credit markets and the economy, even as a Fed survey showed the percentage…
05
  • Mortgage investigation intensifies. Federal agencies are intensifying a criminal investigation of the mortgage industry and focusing on whether some lenders turned a blind eye to inflated income figures provided by borrowers. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the…
  • Compare candidate health care plans. WASHINGTON -- If John McCain becomes president, Americans would be steered toward buying individual health insurance policies, and job-related coverage eventually could decline. If Barack Obama or Hillary Rodham Clinton wins, more people would get…
  • Unlikely allies forge winning strategy. One is a free-market Republican from Wall Street with roots in the rural Midwest and a passion for bird-watching. The other is a rumpled, union-hall Democrat from Bayonne, N.J., who once famously described himself as…
04
  • Not easy to find help on brink of foreclosure. Zena Collins knew she had a serious problem when she could no longer afford electricity. The mortgage payment on her Gaithersburg house had jumped about $500, to $2,000 a month, not counting taxes and insurance,…
  • Time to switch IRA to Roth IRA?. Panic set in almost as soon as I woke up. The night before, I had rolled over about $130,000 from my traditional individual retirement account to a Roth IRA, thinking it was a smart thing…
  • Paying online can weave web of problems. My friends tell me it's quick and painless. They say doing it makes life feel so much easier. They also swear that once you start, you won't be able to live without it. It sounds…
03
  • The Fed aims at credit cards. After growing consumer complaints about hidden fees and other tricks of the credit card trade, the rules proposed by the Federal Reserve on Friday to deal with unfair or deceptive practices are a modest step…
  • Credit restrictions are now the rule. Like a spreading infection, restrictions on credit are moving into new and more specialized niches of the mortgage market. Among those now feeling the pinch: Cash-out refinancings. Loans with anything less than full documentation of…
02
  • Nueva ley contra discriminación. Las compañías no podrían usar información genética para tomar decisiones sobre empleo o seguros, de acuerdo con un proyecto de ley aprobado casi por unanimidad por el Congreso y que ahora irá a la Casa…
01
  • Credit cards: What you need to know. BIRMINGHAM, AL [Video Clip] - American Express and Consumer Action are kicking off the third year of their joint "Credit cards: what you need to know." Linda Sherry of Consumer Action visited the Good Day…
 

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