Stephen Leifer - Friday, April 27, 2018
April 26, 2018
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On Tuesday, Mick Mulvaney, the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), gave a speech before the membership of the American Bankers Association (ABA) that has been widely reported as reaffirming the venality and corruption of Washington. In reality, Mulvaney offered a tough but honest assessment of his agency’s congressionally ..
Stephen Leifer - Thursday, April 26, 2018
The acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau may end public access to a web portal consumers use to file complaints against financial companies, according to a new report.
Acting CFPB Director Mick Mulvaney told an audience at an American Bankers Association conference this week that he planned to eliminate public access to the CFPB’s complaint database, according to The Wall Street Journal. Mulvaney said the database contains infor ..
Stephen Leifer - Thursday, March 08, 2018
Illegal 'zombie' debt collections rampant in Florida, advocate says
Invalid and illegal debt collections are at record levels across the U.S., and Florida is No. 2 for complaints about the practice, according to a national tracker of frequent flier programs and credit card rewards.
The practice, dubbed “zombie debt collections” by RewardExpert, are defined as attempts to collect debts not owed, those that were already paid or discharged, de ..
Stephen Leifer - Tuesday, February 27, 2018
One of the most daunting parts of buying a home is saving up enough money for a down payment. While there are plenty of low down payment loan options (https://admortgage.com/blog/low-payment-home-loan-options/), even smaller down payments require a fairly considerable amount of cash. There are some alternative ways to get a downpayment—like getting gift payments (https://admortgage.com/blog/guide-gift-payments/) for example—but most people will save money for a down payment. In o ..
Stephen Leifer - Wednesday, February 21, 2018
During Richard Cordray’s tenure as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the CFPB pummeled American consumers and the economy while doing little to promote financial stability. The pain was especially acute for low- and middle-income consumers who lost access to credit cards (https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2499819), faced higher bank fees and reduced access to free checking (https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2446080), and found it ..
Stephen Leifer - Friday, February 02, 2018
Being self-employed can be a freeing lifestyle in which you can make your own schedule, take charge of your own projects, and feel the passion in your work each day. The entrepreneurial lifestyle definitely has its pros, but it also comes with a lot of hard work and different challenges. As a self-employed person, you may see getting a mortgage (https://admortgage.com/rate-quote-2/) as a challenge because of traditional lending guidelines and regulations. While the loan process (https:/ ..
Stephen Leifer - Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Equifax is promising consumers new control over access to their personal credit data — for free, and for life — as interim CEO Paulino do Rego Barros Jr. apologized to people affected by the company's recent data breach. He said the company had failed to live up to expectations.
"On behalf of Equifax, I want to express my sincere and total apology," Barros wrote in an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal (https://www.wsj.com/articles/on-behalf-of-equifax-im-sorry-1506547253 ..
Stephen Leifer - Friday, January 19, 2018
Paying off your mortgage early and living mortgage-free so you can use the money for other things—such as travel and an early retirement—can sound like a pipe-dream that’s impossible to get to, but it doesn’t have to be.
If you have a 30-year mortgage, there are a few ways to cut that time in half, or at least come close to it:
Add a monthly payment each year
This easy step will cut about three years off a 30-year mortgage by spreading out one extra mon ..
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