Archive for March, 2011

The big banks are threatening to hit you with fees for using your debit card. JPMorgan Chase fired the first shot across the bow last week, by canceling its debit-card rewards program. Why is this happening? Because the banks lost an epic battle with retailers, which will force them to slash the fees they collect […]

When a wealthy man (it’s usually a man) has creditors on his trail, he’ll probably try to protect some assets by transferring them to his wife. If it works, his wife will be richer than she was before. On the downside, the law might come after her, too – wanting the money back. That’s what’s happening to […]

Is Wall Street reform already dead? The bankers and other gazillionaires are back in the driver’s seat, in Washington D.C. For you and me, that means taking a more conservative stance with our personal money. Unbridled speculation and financial deceit brought us the Great Economic Collapse of 2008. If the new Congress undermines the Dodd-Frank […]

Do you have “frugal fatigue?” You’re not alone. Pinching pennies becomes exhausting, year after year. You dream of breaking free and buying everything in sight. But tiresome as budgets are, consumers haven’t quit them yet. You threw some money around in December, when credit card use bumped up for the first time since the 2008 […]

Having trouble paying taxes? To collect, the Internal Revenue Service uses a pernicious tactic that destroys your credit. It files a lien against your property. Supposedly, that guarantees payment. More likely, it will sink your personal finances, making it twice as hard for you to get back on your feet. Under new rules announced by […]

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