Monthly Archives: January 2011

New cars are cheaper than used cars in an upside-down economy

A new car loan could be cheaper than buying used thanks to 0 percent financing and a lower inventory of used vehicles available for sale ...
zero percent financing

Domodedovo Airport explosion from possible suicide bomber

Moscow's busiest international airport, Domodedovo Airport, was attacked by a possible suicide bomber, and there are fears of another attack.
Domodedovo Airport

Mississippi Congress stalls on payday loan legislation

The Mississippi state legislature has stalled on passing a bill that would further regulate the payday loan lending industry in the state.
Mississippi Capitol

Payday loan APR Fees and How They Compare To Other Financing Rates

A fee of $32 on a $100 bounced check can have an APR as high as 2,336%. You would be surprised to see how other fees measure up.
A fee of $32 on a $100 bounced check can have an APR as high as 2,336%. You would be surprised to see how other fees measure up.

Walmart plans a healthy Great Value brand

Wal-Mart has promised that over the next five years it will reduce food prices while making processed foods healthier.
Photo of a Great Value brand jar.

FiSCA moves to where the financial regulatory action is

The Financial Service Center of America (FiSCA) has moved to Washington, D.C., to be close to the payday lending legislation changes to come.
File photo of the U.S. Capitol Building

Gas prices expected to continue rising in the year ahead

Gas prices are rising, and they may go higher. Rising demand along with seasonal supply restrictions could result in $4-a-gallon gas in 2011.
average gas prices

Installment Loans Online and How They Differ From The Average Payday Loan

One of the most liked features of installment loans is being able to pay them back over a much longer period of time then normal loans you may find locally.
One of the most liked features of installment loans is being able to pay them back over a much longer period of time then normal loans you may find locally.

Chinese monetary policy has the world seeing red

China's monetary policy of controlling the yuan could spell another global crisis, says the New York Times' Paul Krugman in a Jan. 21 op-ed.
Close up of a 100 yuan Chinese note.

The shocking story of the evil Apple pentalobe screw conspiracy

Apple is frustrating technophiles with the pentalobe screw, which makes it impossible to take iPhones apart without the rare pentalobe screwdriver.
pentalobe screwdriver

National Hug Day, January 21, celebrates healing power of hugs

National Hug Day and the Free Hugs Campaign are not officially associated, but they're a perfect pair for encouraging simple acts of kindness.
Free Hugs

The Ease and Convenience of Short Term Loans Needs To Be Managed In A Smart Way

It is not wise to go crazy with short term loans just because you can get them online with no credit checks, no collateral and without having to fax in tons of documents.
It is not wise to go crazy with short term loans just because you can get them online with no credit checks, no collateral and without having to fax in tons of documents.

Bloom Energy offers 10-year contract for cheap power off the grid

Bloom Energy wants to help companies get off the grid now with clean energy, without having to shell out the money for a $700,000 Bloom Box.
bloom box bye bye grid

Google earnings report comes with big surprises

Google has announced the fourth quarter earnings for 2010, and though they are very good, most people are focusing on the management shakeup.
Eric Schmidt

Housing market: Most in U.S. think now is the time to buy a home

It's a buyer's market, but home sales in the United States continue to suffer as potential home buyers wait for prices to hit rock bottom.
housing market

What You Need To Know To Keep From Getting Trapped By Cash Advance Addiction

Cash advances are not a long term financial fix for spending spree addictions. Using them should be done so responsibly and in a realistic manner.
Cash advances are not a long term financial fix for spending spree addictions. Using them should be done so responsibly and in a realistic manner.

Prepaid debit card fees can add up to a lot of cash quick

Some people wonder whether using a prepaid debit card is better than using a huge national bank. It can be, but the fees can add up quickly.
Visa Debit

House Republicans launch quixotic repeal of health care reform

A Republican majority passed a bill to repeal health care reform, “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act.” It won't pass the Senate.
house republicans

Huge FBI sweep nets arrests of more than 100 mobsters

FBI and other law enforcement agencies recently pulled off a massive three-state sweep, arresting more than 100 mobsters on various charges.
John Gotti

No Credit Check Personal Loans From The Comfort Of Home - A Good Thing or a Bad Thing?

Personal loans are so easy to get it worries some consumer groups. Like anything on the internet it pays to be informed before you pursue any online transactions.
Personal loans are so easy to get it worries some consumer groups. Like anything on the internet it pays to be informed before you pursue any online transactions.

Comcast NBC merger gets federal approval

The FCC and Justice Department have granted approval for Comcast to buy 51 percent of NBC. Some groups worry this will be bad for consumers.
Photo of a Comcast/NBC logo.

The benefits of inflation could jump-start the economy

Most people have a natural bias against inflation -- but in very real terms, it could be just what is needed in order to jump-start the economy.
Inflation