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4 debt collection practices that need to change

By Gerri Detweiler Major changes may be coming to the debt collection industry. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published an announcement asking for comments on issues facing consumers and the industry, while it prepares to develop new rules around … Continue reading

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The truth behind 9 debt myths

By Dana Dratch That free advice you get from friends, co-workers or the “charming” bill collector on the phone could be worth even less that what you paid for it.From the perils of acknowledging old debts to the odds of … Continue reading

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6 Things Debt Collectors Can and Can’t Do

By Sheiresa Ngo This week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released its annual report outlining how it has worked to enforce the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Their activities have included efforts to make it easier for consumers to file … Continue reading

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Mall developers feel the pull of Africa’s consumer boom

By Matthew Bigg and Tiisetso Motsoeneng When Wal-Mart Stores (WMT.N), the world’s top retailer, bought control of major South African discount chain Massmart Holdings (MSMJ.J) in 2011, American shopping mall developer Irwin Barkan had an epiphany. An industry veteran of 30 years, Barkan’s … Continue reading

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Best Time To Buy Things

Every day you probably get e-mail, texts, tweets, and circulars announcing great sales. The days of watching the calendar and buying products at the time of year when prices are lowest would appear to be over. Or are they? Consumer … Continue reading

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Will buying airline tickets change to a ‘real-time’ fare system?

By Christopher Elliott Sue Marcus was looking for a flight from Washington to Tulsa. Instead, she found trouble. Every time the American Airlines Web site asked her to select a return flight, it came back with an error message saying … Continue reading

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What your paid-for car is costing you

By Tara Baukus Mello If you own your car outright, you might not think it costs you that much to own it, but AAA’s 2013 Your Driving Costs study shows that costs range from nearly $7,000 to more than $11,000 … Continue reading

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Wipes in the pipes snarling sewers

They are touted as disposable and even flushable, but disinfecting wipes are causing headaches for operators of city sewer systems. The products appeal to consumers in part because of manufacturers’ claims that they can be conveniently flushed down the toilet. … Continue reading

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Why AT&T And Verizon May Start Charging You More Fees

By Timothy Stenovec Don’t be surprised if you start seeing more and more fees on your wireless bill. That’s one of the takeaways from a new report of the U.S. mobile market, according to Tero Kuittinen, a mobile analyst and vice … Continue reading

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60 Minutes: 40 Million Mistakes-Is your credit report accurate?

This was shocking when I watched it two weeks ago. Its even more unsettling now.

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