I have a couple credit cards, and for more than a year, both have provided me with a free credit score (FICO score), updated about once a month. From what I know about the computation of credit scores,they seemed more or less accurate. Nonetheless, they are hard to compare because each credit card company’s FICO […]

On Jan. 3, the the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took action against Equifax, Inc., TransUnion, and their subsidiaries for deceiving consumers about the usefulness and actual cost of credit scores they sold to consumers. The companies also lured consumers into costly recurring payments for credit-related products with false promises. The CFPB ordered TransUnion and Equifax […]

Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a report raising new concerns about costly fees and risky features often related to certain college-sponsored accounts. The Bureau’s analysis of roughly 500 marketing deals between these schools and large banks found that many deals allow for risky features that can lead students to rack up hundreds […]

On November 10, the FTC issued new rules regarding used car sales.  See 16 CFR 455. The new rule improves disclosures for service contracts and unexpired manufacturer warranties, increases Spanish language disclosure information, and adds air bags and catalytic converters to the sticker’s list of major defects that can occur.  The rule also changes the […]

On October 28, the Department of Education issued final regulations intended to protect student loan borrowers against school closures and fraud.  To that end, the rules include significant provisions restricting school arbitration agreements; clarifying student rights to raise school fraud as a defense to loan repayment; providing automatic closed school loan discharges to certain eligible […]