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Headline News Archive

2008

March

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  • Credit cards go after college students. Banks are getting more aggressive — and creative — in their efforts to pitch credit cards to college students by hawking cards near college campuses…
  • State cutbacks felt by most needy. In Illinois' Cook County, women in poor neighborhoods no longer have access to free mammograms from two mobile vans testing for breast cancer. In Michigan,…
  • Food stamp use at record pace. Driven by a painful mix of layoffs and rising food and fuel prices, the number of Americans receiving food stamps is projected to reach 28…
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  • Typing becomes a travel skill. Last year was the first time that more travel was purchased online than off, Condé Nast Traveler reports. But the convenience of doing business over…
  • Don't paint nest egg in company colors. By helping Bear Stearns avert a potential bankruptcy, the federal government essentially declared the venerable investment bank too important to fail. Over the years, many…
  • The year of budgeting magically. Financial counselors often tell their clients to prepare monthly budgets rather than yearly ones, on the theory that it is easier to predict expenses over…
  • No sure bets in personal data security. When a Maryland dental HMO acknowledged this week that it had accidentally posted the names, addresses and Social Security numbers of 75,000 members on its…
  • Avoidable blunders and how to spot 'em. Consumers make mistakes. We hire businesses without asking for references. We neglect to read contracts thoroughly before we sign on the dotted line. We fail…
  • Long fight ahead for Treasury blueprint. Lawmakers and regulators said yesterday that an ambitious plan by the Treasury Department to revamp the nation's decades-old financial regulatory structure could require congressional action…
  • Reforma a regulación financiera. El gobierno federal está preparando el terreno para un intenso debate luego de adelantarse que el lunes anunciará un plan para reformar a fondo sus…
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  • Bush readies mortgage aid plan. The Bush administration is finalizing details of a plan to rescue thousands of homeowners at risk of foreclosure by helping them refinance into more affordable…
  • Jumbo loans back with stiffer terms. Your tax rebate check won't arrive until May, but the economic stimulus plan's new super-size loans for buyers in high-cost housing areas have hit the…
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  • President names new FTC chair. The White House named William E. Kovacic as the next chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, to succeed Deborah Platt Majoras when she resigns at…
  • Equity loans next round in credit crisis. Little by little, millions of Americans surrendered equity in their homes in recent years. Lulled by good times, they borrowed — sometimes heavily — against…
  • Tighter reins on investment banks. Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr., tempering the Bush administration's long preference for limited regulation of financial markets, called yesterday for strengthened federal oversight of…
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  • Ante un negro panorama el Seguro Social. Los fiduciarios de dos de los mayores programas de prestaciones sociales del gobierno federal advirtieron ayer que el Seguro Social y el Medicare enfrentan enormes…
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  • Houses stolen in mortgage fraud. Federal prosecutors Monday charged 19 individuals, mainly from Southern California, with defrauding homeowners in trouble partly by using "foreclosure rescue pitches" and an equity-draining technique…
  • Estadounidenses ya empezaron a ahorrar. Durante meses, los estadounidenses han sido bombardeados por todo tipo de malas noticias en el frente económico: aumenta el desempleo, suben los precios de la…
  • Inesperado aumento en venta de viviendas. Luego de caer durante seis meses consecutivos, la venta de viviendas en Estados Unidos registró un incremento inesperado en febrero, informó ayer una organización que…
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  • Not to late to refinance home. Earlier this year, when mortgage rates dipped below 6% for the first time since 2005, homeowners rushed to refinance costlier loans. In fact, more than…
 

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