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Federal Agency Says Consumers Feel Threatened By Debt Collectors

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:07:00 -0500

A survey by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau finds that more than 1 in 4 Americans contacted by collectors feel threatened. The bureau is revamping rules for the industry.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Report Outlines Abuses By Debt Collectors

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:32:00 -0500

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday is releasing a new report about abuses in the debt collection industry. This comes as the CFPB is crafting new rules to crack down on those practices.

Gas Taxes May Go Up Around The Country As States Seek To Plug Budget Holes

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 05:00:00 -0500

This year could see a wave of state tax hikes on gasoline and diesel. Oklahoma is one of about a dozen states seriously considering increases.

What Is Driving The 'Unbanking Of America'?

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:39:00 -0500

Author Lisa Servon says a growing number of Americans are giving up on traditional banks and relying instead on alternatives, including prepaid debit cards, check-cashing centers and payday lenders.

A Raise Can Wreak Havoc With Your Health Insurance Subsidy

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:19:00 -0500

Health insurance subsidies are pegged to personal income estimates. But if those are too low, a person may have to repay the government later on.

After Experimentations, Where Are We On No-Tipping Restaurant Policies?

Sun, 01 Jan 2017 08:41:00 -0500

Ailsa Chang talks with restaurateur Danny Meyers about how a no-tipping policy at Union Square Hospitality Group's restaurants, which include Gramercy Tavern and The Modern, has fared a year in.

Wages Are Increasing, But What's Behind It?

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 04:52:00 -0500

It has taken years since the Great Recession, but wages are showing signs of climbing — though not very quickly. Economists say there are reasons to believe wage growth could continue into 2017.

For Many, Fewer Obamacare Choices Doesn't Mean Higher Prices

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 05:00:00 -0500

One in five people getting health care through the Affordable Care Act no longer have a choice of insurers. But those markets don't have significantly higher prices than areas with competition.

Revised Special Insurance Enrollment Rules Shift Burden To Consumers

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 10:53:00 -0500

Consumers who want to sign up for health coverage on the federal marketplace after the usual deadline passes may need to do extra work to show they qualify for special enrollment later.

Please, Baby, Please: Some Couples Turn To Crowdfunding For IVF

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 06:51:00 -0500

Infertility is often a private struggle. But some couples are going public — via crowdfunding sites — to help subsidize in vitro fertilization treatments that can cost as much as $20,000 each time.

U.S. Kids Far Less Likely To Out-Earn Their Parents, As Inequality Grows

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:39:00 -0500

"It's basically a coin flip as to whether you'll do better than your parents," a Stanford economist says.

Retired Coal Miners At Risk Of Losing Promised Health Coverage And Pensions

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:43:00 -0500

A fund guaranteeing health coverage and pensions to retired mine workers is about to run dry. Congress has been reluctant to pick up the tab. Democrats from coal country say it's time to act.

Trump Picks Fast-Food Executive Andrew Puzder As Labor Secretary

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:24:00 -0500

The chief executive of CKE Holdings, the parent company of Hardee's and Carl's Jr., is an outspoken critic of raising the minimum wage and increasing overtime and workplace safety regulations.

What Former Employees Say ITT Tech Did To Scam Its Students

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:25:00 -0500

Here are the accounts from several former employees and students about what happened behind closed doors at ITT Tech to lure students into expensive loans that rarely paid off.

Doctors And Hospitals Tell Patients: Show Us The Money Before Treatment

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:01:00 -0500

As patients' share of medical bills has grown with the rise in deductibles, copays and coinsurance, providers have become laser focused on getting payments up front.