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Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Passes the House

by Smithee

I didn’t think this was even already in motion, but I’m happy to report that the proposed “Bill of Rights” for credit card-holders (which is almost every adult) passed through the House of Representatives by a huge margin: 312 to 112. It’s amazing that 112 Representatives would even vote against such a thing, which has ... Continue reading this article…

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Charitable Giving: A Case of Bad Market Timing

by Luke Landes

I made a mistake, and I should have known better. Last year, I struggled with coming up with a needy non-profit organization that I felt I should support through charitable giving. The indecision stems from the desire to contribute to an organization with a mission that reflected one of my passions and the lack of ... Continue reading this article…

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FBI Investigating Lehman Brothers, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and AIG

by Luke Landes

Thanks to Matt from Web Developer Guru who just a few minutes ago wrote in to let me know about this latest development. The FBI is investigating the financial firms primarily involved with the recent economic collapse, Lehman Brothers, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and American International Group (AIG), and those who have been running these ... Continue reading this article…

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Got Tips for Consumerism Commentary?

by Luke Landes

If you come across an interesting, article, study, or video, and you’d like to see it discussed on Consumerism Commentary, feel free to send an email to tips at this email address. While I can’t write about everyone’s suggestion, I try to pick a few to focus on. I also receive a fair amount of ... Continue reading this article…

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Mark Cuban to Government: Show Us How the $700 Billion Will Be Spent

by Luke Landes

I swear I’m trying to write about topics other than the massive national bailout of the financial industry, but there always seems to be something interesting to say. Yesterday, it was Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and chairman of HDNet who offered interesting insight. He suggested that the United States Treasury Department list ... Continue reading this article…

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Washington Mutual Increases Savings Account Interest Rate to 4.0% APY

by Luke Landes

February 5, 2009 update: The following information has expired. Washington Mutual no longer offers these rates. Washington Mutual wants your deposits. I received word that starting tomorrow the bank will offer 4.0 percent APY on its online savings account, maintaining its position at the very top of the list of popular high-yield savings and money market ... Continue reading this article…

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Citi Raised My Credit Limit

by Luke Landes

Last week, I received an official-looking notice in the mail. You know the type: the envelope requires you to tear the perforated edges in a specific order and contains security ink so the contents cannot be seen until opened. There is a return address on the envelope but no business name. In my experience, the ... Continue reading this article…

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Gas Stations Charging Credit Users More Than Cash Users

by Luke Landes

Clark Schinger owns a gas station. Like an increasing number of gas station owners, he is charging his customers who use credit cards a surcharge for every gas purchase. Effectively, there are two tiers of prices: one for customers who use credit cards and one for those who use cash. This is apparently not against ... Continue reading this article…

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$700 Billion to Bail Out the Financial Industry: Good Idea or Bad Idea?

by Luke Landes

Over the weekend, President Bush asked Congress to grant the United States Treasury Department the authority to purchase $700 billion in assets from troubled financial companies. The government would create a corporation, like 1933′s Home Owners’ Loan Corporation, to buy mortgage-backed securities at a discount and sell them later for a profit. This is by ... Continue reading this article…

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Weekend Blog Roundup

by Luke Landes

On Saturday, I woke up before dawn to help out as a volunteer for a fundraising event to support the search for a cure for polycystic kidney disease, which affects 1 in 500 people. A friend of mine, whose father has this disease and who has a 50 percent chance on inheriting it herself, organized the ... Continue reading this article…

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