Bill Would Let Victims Of ID Theft Seek Restitution

Bill Would Let Victims Of ID Theft Seek Restitution

Yesterday a bipartisan bill was introduced in the Senate that would “let victims of identity theft seek restitution for money and time they spent repairing their credit history,” as well as remove some existing barriers to prosecuting criminals.

The Optimal Mortgage For The Rational Borrower

The Optimal Mortgage For The Rational Borrower

Two professors have released a paper branding adjustable rate mortgages, which are responsible for the subprime meltdown, as the optimal mortgage type for rational borrowers. As we know all too well, few borrowers are antiseptically rational. According to Columbia professor Tomasz Piskorski and NYU professor Alexei Tchistyi, ARMs hold several unrivaled advantages:

Credit Card Companies Slashing Credit Limits

Credit Card Companies Slashing Credit Limits

The continuing subprime meltdown is leading jittery creditors to reduce cardholder credit limits at the first sign of trouble. According to a recent survey, up to 75% of banks are cutting credit limits to minimize their exposure to risk. The move can adversely affect credit scores, which are determined by considering the percentage of available credit used. From the Chicago Tribune:

A change can stem from late payments of any kind, a drop in your credit score or the addition of new lines of credit. Bryan found out limits on three cards were actually cut after he took out a home equity loan to pay off some debt.

Uninsured? New Service Lets You Pay Off Medical Bills Without Interest

Uninsured? New Service Lets You Pay Off Medical Bills Without Interest

A reader pointed us to a recent article in the WSJ abut CarePayment, a new financing option that provides a way for the uninsured to pay off their hospital bills in monthly installments, without incurring interest rate charges or finance fees.

Interactive Map Of Global Credit Crisis

Interactive Map Of Global Credit Crisis

Now you can follow the subprime meltdown around the world with this handy interactive graphic from Financial Times. It’s grimly amusing to click the “show all” radio button and then drag the slider back and forth from “Pre-Jun 25″ to “Week of Aug 6″.

What To Do If Your Mortgage Lender Goes Bankrupt

What To Do If Your Mortgage Lender Goes Bankrupt

Panic! Burn down your house! Ha ha, just kidding. Actually, you shouldn’t let your mortgage lender’s death pangs interfere with your payments, says Gerri Willis of CNNMoney, because your loan will just be sold to another lender. However, make sure you review the details of your mortgage agreement; the terms should remain the same no matter who buys your loan, and you have a 60 day grace period to get your payments to your new mortgage lender.

Four Accounts You Need, Four Accounts You Don't

Four Accounts You Need, Four Accounts You Don't

It’s easy to manage your finances when you close unnecessary bank accounts and credit lines and chisel down to the bare essentials. Blueprint For Financial Prosperity has compiled an excellent list of accounts that you need, and accounts you should avoid.

Personal Finance Roundup

Personal Finance Roundup

Life as a Boomerang Kid [Kiplinger's] “Dirt-cheap housing. Home-cooked meals. A full-time housekeeper. The catch: sleeping in your old room.”

25% Of Americans Say They Have No Savings At All, Including Retirement

25% Of Americans Say They Have No Savings At All, Including Retirement

All but the lowest earning men should have accumulated in a nest egg 12 times their income by the time they retire, EBRI estimates. That’s $900,000 for a man earning $75,000. A woman, because of a higher life expectancy, should have 14 times her income

Damn. Women live so long they can pull that “put one penny in a savings account and in the future you’ll be a zillionaire, but it’ll only pay for one dinner” thing from Restaurant At The End Of The Universe.—MEGHANN MARCO

How About 5.3% Interest On Your Savings?

How About 5.3% Interest On Your Savings?

Consumerism Commentary has an update on the current online checking and savings rates.

Start Thinking About Filing Your 2006 Taxes

Start Thinking About Filing Your 2006 Taxes

In this restive spot after Thanksgiving and before Christmas-time madness, why not start getting your taxes together? Blueprint For Financial Prosperity has a roundup of useful tax time articles. — BEN POPKEN

Banks Cash Big Checks First, Maximizing Overdrafts

USATODAY research indicates banks typically process checks in order of highest balance, maximizing overdraft fees charged to the customer, critics contend.

You Deserve Better Than A 1% Cashback Card

You Deserve Better Than A 1% Cashback Card

Ok, so it’s pretty obvious that when picking a rewards card, you want one that gives you beer money, not free toasters. A toaster is a depreciating asset, which are for rappers, not smart persons like yourself.

Smart Sounding Financial Stuff We Wish We Understood Better

• eLoan joins the high-yield online savings game with 5.5% interest. What are you getting on your brick and mortar bank savings now? 2%? 1? Point?

Confirmed: $100 For A New Bank Of America Account

Confirmed: $100 For A New Bank Of America Account

Save Money On Your Bills Through Lies and Deception

Save Money On Your Bills Through Lies and Deception

Months back, we dismissed some advice on lowering your cable bill (try to cancel and then saying you change your mind if they don’t lower your bill) with a snarky retort. We viewed it as spineless capitulation of consumerist ideals

Help Save Screech’s House!

Help Save Screech’s House!

Unbelievably, there’s only so long you can draw out a career as a throat gobbling doofus in Hollywood. So it’s to Dustin Diamond’s credit that he somehow managed to stretch what should have been a two year stint as ‘Screech’ on Saturday Morning television into a career that spanned two decades. The man became the definitive television doofus in the minds of many Americans, a favorite subject of drunken conversations about what child actors had most likely gone on to become gay porn stars.

90% of US Account Holders Think Bank Security Sucks

You just know your entire industry is gang raping the pooch when statistics like these are coming out: