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Headline News Archive

2008

January

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  • NY State targets tax refund loans. New York officials filed civil complaints on Thursday against two tax preparation firms that offer high-interest loans against income-tax refunds, saying the companies had aimed…
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  • Tax refunds can be worth wait in gold. The author James Baldwin once summed up quite nicely my feeling about Refund Anticipation Loans, which are heavily marketed this time of year by tax-preparation…
  • Time Warner tests charging by Web usage. ime Warner Cable will experiment with a new pricing structure for high-speed Internet access later this year, charging customers based on how much data they…
  • State health care plans hit U.S. law. Several states and communities are moving to provide universal health coverage for their residents, but a federal law is blocking their efforts. Many of the…
  • Modificarían préstamos en caso de bancarrota. Una nueva ley que modificaría las regulaciones sobre bancarrota permitiendo a los tribunales alterar las condiciones originales de un préstamo hipotecario está creando polémica entre…
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  • Consumo de carne de animales clonados. El gobierno de Estados Unidos ha autorizado el consumo humano de carne y leche provenientes de animales clonados, confirmó ayer la Oficina de Alimentos y…
  • Apoyo en crisis de hipotecas. Un nuevo respiro para propietarios de viviendas que no han podido estar al corriente con el pago de su hipoteca y corren el riesgo de…
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  • States probe banks' role in risky loans. Authorities in New York and Connecticut are investigating whether Wall Street banks hid crucial information about high-risk loans bundled into securities that were sold to…
  • Housing scams more than double. Federal mortgage fraud convictions have more than doubled in the past year, and the FBI expects a growth in foreclosure scams as the crisis over…
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  • Finding the best airfare deals. What's your trick for finding low airfares? Do you scour the online discount fare finders first? Book Web-only specials directly from a carrier's site well…
  • Do Not Call List may renew. It wasn't very long ago that Americans often had lunch and dinner - and sometimes even breakfast - interrupted by phone calls from sales people.…
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  • Crack the credit card code. Your credit card interest rate could shoot past 30 percent, even if you have good credit. Credit card issuers are tightening the reins, and it's…
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  • Give the gift of tax assistance. At tax time you can find lots of advice on how to boost your deductions or credits. People are focused mostly on getting as much…
  • Taxpayer Advocate: Give apologies and $1000. The Internal Revenue Service should issue "apology payments" of up to $1,000 to taxpayers whose cases are mishandled, the National Taxpayer Advocate told Congress yesterday.…
08
  • Countrywide tells judge it 'recreated' letters. The Countrywide Financial Corporation fabricated documents related to the bankruptcy case of a Pennsylvania homeowner, court records show, raising new questions about the business practices…
  • Foreclosure hotline looks for help. A month after the Bush Administration announced a plan to help troubled homeowners, one foreclosure counseling agency is looking for some help of its own.…
  • Business plan crucial for entrepreneurs. If you are searching for funding—whether from venture capitalists, angel investors, bankers, or even friends and family—one of the first requests you'll receive is this:…
  • New taxpayer 'un-privacy' rules condemned. Consumer group representatives condemned new taxpayer “un-privacy” rules recently issued by the IRS for expanding rather than closing “gaping loopholes” that already allow sharing and…
07
  • To retire, or not to retire?. This year is a demographic watershed, a critical juncture for both individuals and employers. This is the year the first Boomers are officially eligible to…
06
  • Stockbroker or financial advisor? You choose. The Financial Planning Association beat the stockbrokers in the name-calling contest. It sued over whether brokers could call themselves investment advisers and run your money…
  • Ways to reduce huge school loan debt. There's student loan debt. And then there's student loan DEBT. The former is the $20,000 in loans of the typical college graduate. The latter is…
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  • Too good to be true tax myths. Every year at this time, I write a series of tax-related columns. The goal is to provide guidance for homeowners preparing to file income tax…
 

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