FTC settles with Avant for $3.85 million

Avant, a leading online consumer lender, agreed to pay the Federal Trade Commission $3.85 million as part of a lawsuit settlement. Avant and the FTC filed the settlement order with U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on April 15, 2019. The FTC claims Avant overcharged consumers and unlawfully required consumers to consent […]

IRS Tax Relief Report

The IRS has just announced it is waiving the estimated IRS underpayment penalty for millions of taxpayers who fell short this year. It’s not every day the IRS decides to give millions of taxpayers a break, so savor the moment. Now let’s break down what this means for the average taxpayer. The IRS charges a […]

Marriott Bonvoy Brilliat Credit Card review.

Marriot is folding its Starwood and Preferred Guest and Ritz-Carlton Rewards into its new Bonvoy rewards program. To celebrate the union Marriot is promoting a new line of rewards cards with nose-bleed-inducing signup bonuses. Early adopters of the Marriot Bonvoy Brilliant American Express Card and the Marriot Bonvoy Business American Express Card can earn a 100,000-point […]

SunTrust BB&T Merger

The wave of bank mergers has started. Brian Moynihan, CEO of BofA, called it “simply a matter of time,” earlier this year at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Today, BB&T and SunTrust announced a $66 billion merger. If the deal goes through, they will become the sixth largest bank in the United States based on assets and […]

Payday Lending Rules

The payday lending industry heaved a collective sigh of relief yesterday. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed the weakening of Obama-era payday lending rules that required lenders to assess borrowers’ ability to repay. They also limited the number of times a lender could try to withdraw money from a lender’s account to two. Major victory […]

Tax saving planning tips 2018

90% of taxpayers either employ a tax preparer or use specialized software to file their taxes. The U.S. tax code is so complex an entire industry exists just to help Americans file their taxes. According to the IRS Commissioner, John Koskinen, 90% of taxpayers require some type of assistance when filing their taxes. It is […]

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Government shutdowns affect millions of people but they are particularly hard on poor families and low-income workers. While Congress and White House staff members continue to get paid 800,000 federal employees have seen their paychecks stop. About 420,000 “essential” employees are working without pay. This includes IRS, NASA, and TSA agents. Approximately 380,000 workers have […]

2019 Study Loan Industry Study

You can’t put a price on education, which is a good thing because the sticker shock would put us off it altogether. This comprehensive student loan industry study investigates multiple data sources to reveal the key trends and statistics that define how we finance higher education. Student loans are the fastest growing source of debt […]

uber minimum wage

The New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission approved new rules yesterday that are designed to set a minimum wage of $17.22 an hour for Uber and Lyft drivers. Last August, New York’s City Council also set a cap on new vehicle licenses for ride-hail services. The purpose of these measures is to regulate the […]