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In November 2011, I wrote a column about FDIC loss-share agreements and how banks who exploit them were reaping windfalls while prolonging the foreclosure crisis, depressing property values and harming American families. The FDIC took issue with my...
Tags: Judges, Loans, Justice System, Crime, Law and Justice, Tampa
Mary Schapiro, the former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, must take us for fools. No need to worry about her and the so-called revolving door between government and Wall Street, she told the Wall Street Journal on April 2, after...
Q: I am 65 and getting ready to retire with a pension plan. Should I take a lump sum or a monthly payment? We have other resources available, Social Security and my husband's pension. — D.M., Orlando A: You should consider whether you think you...
WASHINGTON -- How big is the national debt? You'd think this would be an easy question. Surely we know how much the government owes. Unfortunately, it's not that simple. The true national debt could be triple the conventional estimate, anywhere from $11...
WASHINGTON -- It's been five years since the onset of the financial crisis -- the rescue of Bear Stearns in March 2008 -- and we still don't know whether the financial system is safe. In a recent speech, Daniel Tarullo, the Federal Reserve's point man...
Tags: Judges, Federal Reserve, U.S. Congress, Woodrow Wilson, Politics
Q: A financial firm in Orlando is advertising 12-month Certificates of Deposit with 3 percent interest. They say they are FDIC insured. Most 12-month CDs I see are hardly paying 1 percent. How do they do that? L.B., Sanford A: These are called CD-...
The final set of monthly jobs data before Tuesday's presidential election provided both campaigns fodder to drive home their closing arguments on jobs and the economy, with President Barack Obama's team arguing the numbers show the economy on the...
The quest by states and mutual fund companies to capture the $179 billion that people are saving for college in 529 plans has led to improved investments and more reasonable fees for college savers. In a study of the plans offered by states throughout...
The Hartford CourantReaders of The Bottom Line pride themselves on their credit-card discipline (please say it's true), but how many of you watch the people watching you spend your money? Do you know the most, by law, you will ever pay on an unauthorized charge to your...
Q: My retirement CDs, which are currently paying 5.2 percent, will mature next year. Of course, I'm concerned about where I can put the money when that happens. I'm a 74-year-old widow who has been living on Social Security and the required minimum...
When the debt bomb explodes and the economy REALLY tanks you will probably run into people on the street asking “hey brother can you spare a million?” Far fetched? You may think so today but that means you’re not reading the news. So...
When protecting your loved ones during a disaster, do not forget to also think ahead and safeguard your finances. The first must-do is to put copies of your insurance policies, identification and bank account records in at least two places, with one...
Tags: Google Inc., Insurance
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