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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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