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Headline News Archive

2007

October

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  • Graduating into debt. As students pile up ever-increasing education loan tabs, some colleges and universities are starting to question whether they should be counseling these young borrowers -
  • Extent of TJ Maxx data breach grows. At least 94 million Visa and MasterCard accounts may have been exposed to potential fraud in a data breach at TJX, more than double the previous
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  • Insurance claims could haunt houses. If past history is any measure, many homeowners affected by the wildfires burning throughout Southern California will find that claims they submit to insurers will
  • Treasury Secretary warns Congress to fix AMT. With deadlines fast approaching for printing 2007 tax forms, Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. warned yesterday that Congress's delay in repairing the alternative minimum tax
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  • Bill would tighten mortgage lending standards. Barney Frank, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, yesterday unveiled legislation aimed at curbing abusive lending practices that, he said, have fueled an alarming
  • Lawmakers can't agree how to fix AMT. Millions of taxpayers could see their refunds delayed next year unless Congress acts quickly to approve a stopgap measure that would prevent a huge expansion
  • Largest lender to redo $16B in loans. Countrywide Financial plans to announce Tuesday that it will restructure or refinance $16 billion in adjustable-rate mortgages that have recently reset to higher rates or will
  • Criticism rains down on mortgage industry. Chetera Miller, a credit counselor for Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, has noticed that lenders are becoming more willing to cut deals with delinquent borrowers.
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  • Follow the bouncing checks. I've never set foot in a PetSmart and haven't owned a critter since my family's beloved boxer, Archie, slobbered off this mortal coil sometime during
  • Buyers pounce on foreclosures. MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 21 — In a down real estate market, they came to buy. They came early, they came in numbers and they came with bank checks
  • Qué hacer con las viejas deudas. ¿Tienes alguna vieja deuda y no sabes muy bien qué hacer con ella? Tómate el tiempo necesario para evaluar la situación y no
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  • Serious about budgeting? Here's how. Sometimes the standard prescription for trimming a budget doesn't produce the desired results. So what do you do if you're still broke after fewer lattes
  • Knowing the rules results in tax savings. Achance remark on a column about year-round tax savings has prompted a few skeptical, if not downright cynical, responses. I mentioned that my wife, Georgina,
  • On taking early Social Security. The day that policy wonks warned about and politicians have tried to ignore is here: The nation's first baby boomer has signed up for Social
  • Fees jack up banks' bottom line. The news that Bank of America is jacking up its ATM fee in some locations for non-customers to $3 from $2 prompted the usual muttering about money-grubbing
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  • Vultures circle over distressed properties. Call them grave dancers, vulture funds, turnaround specialists or the more euphemistic "opportunity investors." However you identify them, the deal is the same: When hyperactive
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  • Homeowners: Sell it yourself. The last time Sabrina Williams sold a home herself, she received a solid offer the first week, got her asking price of $319,000 and saved nearly $9,000
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