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  • Should You Pay Off Your Ex’s Credit Cards?Blog, Personal Finance

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    When the Love Boat morphs into the Titanic and you are flailing in the icy waters of the North Atlantic, the banks are not rescuers, they’re sharks. In other words, divorces can get messy — sometimes really messy — and it should come as no surprise that money is often at the root of the problem. Getting through the divorce is hard enough, but the money problems don’t always end when the papers are signed. […]

  • Good News (Finally) When It Comes to Medical Debt ReformPersonal Finance

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    You could be excused for skipping over the piece in The New York Times the other day. After all, it did sound awfully familiar. Here’s how the article by Tara Siegel Bernard began. “Megan Barringer had no idea that a medical billing mix-up over a $742 charge for a back evaluation six years ago could end up costing her more than $33,000. “But the old bill, which she ultimately paid, had gone to collections and […]

  • How Much Student Loan Debt Is Too Much?Education, Blog

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    Some call it the Student Loan Bubble — I call it crazy. And what better time to discuss student debt insanity than now, as countless soon-to-be graduates prepare to slip on their caps and gowns? An estimated 1.8 million students are graduating this year, many with degrees that perhaps aren’t worth a damn when it comes to actually getting a job. Nevertheless, many of them will soon be paying back the tens or hundreds of […]

  • 4 Big Problems With Social Security NumbersGovernment, Blog, Identity Theft

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    A Social Security number is like a skeleton key — able to unlock a kingdom of untold riches for identity thieves. It is the central piece of data needed to hijack our credit, steal our health insurance, use us as human shields and generally wreak havoc in our lives. And every day, two branches of the U.S. government — the executive and the legislative — put our identities and sometimes even our lives at risk […]

  • 9 Ways To Better Protect Your Identity When You Are Away From HomeIdentity Theft

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    I commissioned a poll last month to sample, among other things, people’s attitudes about identity theft. I was both surprised and disappointed to see that 4 of 10 people surveyed believe that the threat of identity theft is more a product of marketers selling identity monitoring and protection services than a real problem. The results in a follow up poll we took in the past two weeks are markedly different. Almost 70 percent of the […]

  • ‘The Best Form Of Consumer Protection? Self-Protection’Financial Literacy

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    We can debate — if you want — whether the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was necessary. (I think it was.) But there is absolutely no doubt that its director Richard Cordray has hit on a huge — but mostly overlooked — public policy problem. I’ll let him explain. “We must start with the importance of fostering broader recognition that educational and informational support in matters of personal finance are essential pillars of life […]

  • 5 Money Lessons Every New Graduate Needs to KnowFinancial Literacy, Education, Blog, Personal Finance

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    Yes my friends, it’s that time of year again. No, not allergy season — graduation. That seminal moment in our lives when, in ceremonies of varying degrees of pomp and circumstance, our elders pass on the wisdom of the ages to those of us who are evolving from the shelter of the ivory tower to the stark reality of the “real world.” Tens of thousands of graduates will likely hear that Emerson nugget “Hitch your […]

  • Hate Universal Background Checks? Meet the Gun ScoreGovernment, Blog

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    A sufficiently large minority of the U.S. Senate demonstrated their Orwellian allegiance to the gun lobby last week — or their fear of it — by blocking several commonsense measures that would have expanded background checks for gun buyers while imposing a ban on both assault-style rifles and high-capacity gun magazines. The knee-jerk “no” votes were so pervasive that a law imposing stricter penalties on gun traffickers (supported by the National Rifle Association) even got […]

  • Are Your Employees Accessing Or Stealing Your Company’s Private Information? Probably.Data Security

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    Here’s depressing news for all those who thought our corporate data was safe. It isn’t. And one of the biggest threats is coming from the inside. LogRhythm, a cyber threat defense firm, surveyed some 2,000 employees and found that 23% admitted to having looked at or taken confidential data from their workplace, with one in ten stating that they do it regularly. Think about those numbers for a second. Out of 2,000 employees, some 460 […]

  • OCC Ya! The Government Agency That Should Fine ItselfGovernment, Blog

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    This just in from the “It Couldn’t Possibly Get Any Worse” Department: The first wave of checks from the bungled foreclosure abuse settlement landed in mailboxes around the country this week, but when people tried to cash them, a number of them bounced. I don’t know about you, but if someone who worked for me screwed up something like a $3.6 billion payout, I’d fire them. Let’s face it. The biggest bank regulator in the […]

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