News

2019

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  • Warren, Cummings look to crack down on credit bureaus. Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) have released a report from a government watchdog looking at the security practices of the consumer credit reporting agencies, or CRAs, finding that their defenses are inadequate and
  • How to choose a vacation rental. This is the time of year when vacation rental decisions are being made for the summer, so chances are you’re looking at properties on Airbnb, HomeAway or TurnKey, and you don’t
  • Mortgage rates continue to nose-dive. Just a handful of months ago, mortgage rates were soaring. Now they are sinking. According to data released Thursday by Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average plunged to 4.06 percent, with an average 0.5 point.

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  • Airbnb has a hidden-camera problem. Airbnb’s rules allow cameras outdoors and in living rooms and common areas, but never in bathrooms or anywhere guests plan to sleep, including rooms with foldout beds. Starting in early 2018, Airbnb added another
  • HUD charges Facebook with housing discrimination. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said it is charging Facebook with housing discrimination, alleging its targeted advertising platform violates the Fair Housing Act by “encouraging, enabling, and causing” unlawful
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  • Federal Reserve offers dim economic outlook. The Federal Reserve said that the United States economy was slowing more than it had previously thought and painted a far less rosy economic picture than the White House as it left interest rates unchanged
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  • Facebook halts ad targeting cited in bias complaints. After years of criticism, Facebook announced on Tuesday that it would stop allowing advertisers in key categories to show their messages only to people of a certain race, gender or age group. The company said
  • U.S. consumer bureau under fire in Congress. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s track record of enforcement and consumer protection came under congressional scrutiny during an appearance last week by director Kathleen Kraninger before the Senate Banking Committee.
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