Monthly Archives: March 2011

The four basics of renting out your space

It is a great market for landlords to rent out housing, but you should take a few simple steps to protect your wallet from unexpected hits.
Room for Rent

Does Groupon hurt small business?

Groupon and other deep discount coupon websites are great for marketing. Small businesses should approach – but with some caution.
The Groupon corporate logo. The subtext reads “Collective Buying Power.”

Android selling more smartphones than Research in Motion

Android is now the best selling operating system for smartphones. It has finally dethroned Research in Motion, maker of the Blackberry.
Blackberry

Is Applying For A Payday Loan Through A Direct Lender The Best Option?

Using a lender matching service can get you cash in as little as 2 hours. Direct lenders have a very high denial rate for applications.
Using a lender matching service can get you cash in as little as 2 hours. Direct lenders have a very high denial rate for applications.

Consumers borrowing more money but not from credit cards

A recently released Federal Reserve report indicates that more people are borrowing money, but fewer of them are doing so with credit cards.
Credit Card

Libya needs food: The struggles of humanitarian aid

The crisis in Libya rages on, and refugees are finding it difficult to obtain food. The U.N. and U.S. are spearheading food delivery efforts.
El Saharara oil field in Libya. Fire billows from a vent.

Gas price rises nationwide fueling speculation of energy crisis

The quickly rising gas prices are fueling fears of a global energy crisis, though the unrest in Libya has not created a shortage of supply.
Gas prices

How Can Installment Loans Help Protect Your Credit Rating?

There are millions of people each year that ruin their credit score because they did not know they could use installment loans to pay their bills before defaulting.
There are millions of people each year that ruin their credit score because they did not know they could use installment loans to pay their bills before defaulting.

Blue Shield of California audit deems 59% rate hikes reasonable

Some insurance customers in California are facing rate hikes of up to 59 percent. Though the state can review, it does not have legal recourse.
Doctor's office

CFPB directorship post in doubt for Elizabeth Warren

The White House still hasn't been able to secure spots for CFPB and OFR leadership. The gridlock is a palpable manifestation of the status quo.
Side-view close-up of CFPB director candidate Elizabeth Warren, who also happens to be in charge of the search for the position.

February jobs report shows decline in unemployment

The Labor Department has just released the February jobs report, which shows that unemployment has continued to decline so far this year.
Unemployed

Do Not Fall Behind On Your Bills - See How Short Term Loans Can Help Prevent Late Fees and Penalties.

Short term loans can help you stay current on your bills by providing quick cash so you do not rack up expensive late fees and penalty charges.
Short term loans can help you stay current on your bills by providing quick cash so you do not rack up expensive late fees and penalty charges.

Mississippi reporter misunderstands no credit check payday loans

Mississippi House Bill 455 extended the life of payday loans in the state. A Clarion-Ledger reporter objects but doesn't have a good argument.
A “Welcome to Mississippi” road sign that labels the state “Birthplace of America's Music.”

Libyan crisis inflates fuel and food prices, says UN

The Libyan crisis has halted oil production there, causing oil to exceed $100 per barrel. Global food prices have shot up as a result.
Gallons of milk on a supermarket shelf.

Loss of refund cash advance product cuts H&R Block revenues

As a result of being forced to stop offering a cash advance against tax refunds, H&R Block has been losing revenue this tax season.
Tax preparation

How To Get A Cash Advance Even With Bad Credit and Bankruptcy On Your Record

Not many people know they are still eligible for cash advances after bankruptcy or losing their credit. There are no credit checks so bad credit does not affect eligibility.
Not many people know they are still eligible for cash advances after bankruptcy or losing their credit. There are no credit checks so bad credit does not affect eligibility.

AIG and General Motors make strides in repaying bailouts

Two companies that received large amounts in bailout loans, AIG and General Motors, have made progress toward paying back taxpayers.
AIG

The no-so-hidden lifetime cost of a bad credit score

A bad credit score or a credit score report that contains errors can rob a person of thousands of dollars over a lifetime.
credit report errors

Microfinance pioneer Yunus fired by Bangladesh government

Muhammad Yunus, a pioneer in the field of microfinance, has been forced out of his position at Grameen Bank by the Bangladesh government.
Muhammad Yunus

Keep Your Debt to Credit Ratio Down By Using Personal Loans Instead of Credit Cards

The higher your credit balance the lower your credit score may be. Personal loans online do not go on your credit report in most cases.
The higher your credit balance the lower your credit score may be. Personal loans online do not go on your credit report in most cases.

Clock is ticking on $1.1 billion in unclaimed 2007 tax refunds

Low-income taxpayers who didn't file for 2007 could have money coming thanks to the Earned Income Tax Credit ...
tax return

Why GDP is not the best measure of economic growth

The Gross Domestic Product is an often-cited number to measure economic growth, but problems with this number call its relevance into question.
GDP