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Equifax Breach Puts Credit Bureaus' Oversight In Question

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 05:02:00 -0400

The day that Equifax said millions of Americans' personal information had been exposed, lawmakers were considering legislation the industry favored. Now, some are calling for tougher regulation.

Hurricane Season Takes Its Toll On Home Sales And Builder Optimism

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 17:26:39 -0400

The recent enormous storms have hit the industry hard, with several signs turning negative. But economists expect a rebound when the weather improves.

Fed's Unwinding Of Crisis Programs Expected To Push Up Interest Rates Very Gradually

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 14:35:00 -0400

The Federal Reserve in October will begin unwinding the extraordinary stimulus it used to battle the Great Recession. That means that over the long run, rates on car loans and mortgages could go up.

The Department Of Education Cuts Off A Student Loan Watchdog

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:18:00 -0400

The Education Department has terminated two agreements with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Here's why that matters.

Equifax Confirms Another 'Security Incident'

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:46:00 -0400

Equifax is already struggling to retain public trust after it waited at least a month to disclose a cyberattack that potentially impacted the personal information of millions of people.

The Dollar Is Weaker, But That Might Not Be A Bad Thing

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:04:00 -0400

The dollar is down nearly 10 percent since the beginning of the year. That's bad news if you're a tourist traveling to Europe but great news if your U.S. company sells goods overseas.

What To Do When Your Personal Information Gets Hacked

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 07:59:26 -0400

The personal information of millions of people was potentially exposed after the hack of Equifax. Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Lisa Gerstner of Kiplinger's Personal Finance about what you should do.

As Millennials Get Older, Many Are Buying SUVs To Drive To Their Suburban Homes

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:37:00 -0400

Having put off buying cars and becoming homeowners, America's largest demographic is starting to make big-ticket purchases.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Chief Responds To Equifax Hack

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:35:00 -0400

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, about the recent Equifax hack that leaked personal information of 143 million consumers.

After Equifax Hack, Consumers Are On Their Own. Here Are 6 Tips To Protect Your Data

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:34:00 -0400

The credit-rating company last week said it was hacked, leaving 143 million consumers' personal information exposed. Equifax now faces lawsuits and investigations. Read tips on safeguarding your data.

FDA Moves To Rein In Drugmakers' Abuse Of Orphan Drug Law

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:20:00 -0400

Following an investigation by Kaiser Health News and NPR, the Food and Drug Administration has moved to close a loophole that lets drugmakers skip pediatric testing of drugs to treat rare diseases.

Americans' Borrowing Hits Another Record. Time To Worry?

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 05:04:00 -0400

Americans owe more than ever before, with household debt hitting nearly $13 trillion. Some economists say the lessons of the credit bubble that led to the financial crisis are being forgotten.

As Irma Approaches Florida, Stay Ahead Of Hurricane Scams

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 15:21:00 -0400

GoFundMe campaigns and robocalls have already started. Fight instances of fraud by staying informed and carefully researching reputable charities.

The Call-In: Minimum Wage

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 08:07:11 -0400

Christy Faymonville tells NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro about the many jobs she works to supplement her income as a teacher, and New York Times reporter Noam Scheiber puts her story in a national context.

On Capitol Hill, 'See You in September' Is A Refrain Without Romance

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

A default on U.S. debt is unknown territory. It's never happened. That may make some people say: "Let's try it." But those might not be the people you want to trust with your life savings.