Banking

November 16, 2015

Number of First-Time Home Buyers Falls to 28-Year Low

The portion of homebuyers making their first residential purchase fell for a third straight year, and is now at the lowest level since 1987.  The share […]
November 13, 2015

The 10 Commandments of Personal Finance

Personal finance is all about how you handle money. It’s about earning, saving, investing and spending. Over time, we learn certain “best practices” when it comes to […]
November 12, 2015

Are Banks Failing to Educate Consumers About EMV?

With the EMV liability shift having just passed, banks and merchants alike are scrambling to comply with the card network-imposed deadline.  According to one recent poll, […]
November 10, 2015

Auto Loans Hit All-Time High

Automobile lending reached its highest level ever at the end of the third quarter while showing few signs of credit weakness, according to a recent Experian […]
November 9, 2015

Consumer Spending Up in October

Average daily spending by consumers in October totaled among the highest amounts this year and more than reports for October dating between 2009 and 2012, according […]
November 6, 2015

The Staggering Cost of Child Care

When companies don’t offer paid leave (and even when they do), most new parents are left to decide between going back to work and paying for […]
November 5, 2015

Sharp Decline For Consumer Loan Delinquencies

Consumer loan delinquencies fell sharply in the second quarter ended June 30, thanks to large drops in home loan-related delinquencies, according to the American Bankers Association.  Delinquencies […]
November 4, 2015

2015 Top-Performing U.S. Small Banks Announced

During the pre-crisis boom years, the nation’s best-performing community banks generally hailed from locales such as Florida, Georgia, Arizona and Nevada – warm-weather states where new-home […]
November 2, 2015

Debt Collectors to Chase Down Unpaid Lunch Money

In Minnesota, Anoka-Hennepin School District officials plan to hire a collection agency to pursue approximately $160,000 in unpaid breakfast and lunch money.  Families owing more than […]