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Archived Since:March 9, 2008

Blog Post Archive

If you get hacked, are you safer with a credit card or debit card?

Bob notes that when something bad happens with his credit cards, he receives a notice from the bank, new plastic and no financial headaches.

The letter says they want to buy your home. Should you bite?

Nel, like many homeowners in Southern California, has been receiving letters from people and companies offering to buy her house.

Is a 'global opt-out' for spam wishful thinking?

Michael says he's been getting more and more spam in his inbox over the last couple of months.

Want lower car insurance rates? Big Brother may need to watch you

Dave says he barely drives his car -- maybe 5 miles a week. He wants to know how he can lower his insurance costs.

Does sales tax apply to take-out food? That depends

Bud recently went to a Subway outlet in La Mirada. He says he was charged a sales tax, even though his order was to-go.

Finding an expert to help tackle credit card debt

Suzan says she's "overwhelmed with credit card debt" and is seeking a way to settle with her creditors — hopefully for a lower amount than she currently owes.

Pink slime is back. Question is: Who's using it?

Laura asks the same question I've been wondering myself: Which companies are using pink slime again?

Filing bankruptcy? How to protect loved ones who cosign loans

Wanda says her daughter is the cosigner for two auto loans. Wanda also is considering a bankruptcy filing.

True love may be forever, but Social Security still has rules

Bill is 67 and in poor health. He says he has a lung disorder and "probably won't be around a whole lot longer."

Consolidating student loans might not always make sense

A reader is thinking about consolidating his two student loans. He wants to know if this is a prudent move and what's the best way to get started.

Resort fees: Can a vacationer refuse to pay them?

Ken and Donna went on vacation and encountered some steep "resort fees," which can run as much as $50 a day.

Does California's credit card law apply to a Mexican boat?

Phyllis' husband booked a fishing trip out of San Diego. They'd be heading into Mexican waters. However, the charter company wanted an extra 3% payment for the husband to use his credit card. He said he didn't think that was allowed under California law. The charter company said that...

Ackman warns Allergan on offer

Activist investor Bill Ackman warned Botox maker Allergan Inc. on Monday that it would be unwise to court potential acquirers as an alternative to the offer that he and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. have made for the company. Last month, Ackman and Valeant offered an estimated...

Occidental Petroleum earnings climb 2.5% in first quarter

This post has been corrected. See below for details. Occidental Petroleum said its first-quarter earnings climbed 2.5%, bolstered by higher domestic production in the oil and gas segment. The longtime Los Angeles company announced in February that it would move its headquarters to Houston...

Real estate giant predicts slow home sales for months to come

Sluggish home sales took a bite out of the stock price of one the nation’s biggest real estate brokerages.

Airline profits soar to $12.7 billion

The nation's airlines continue to rebound from the recession and the 9/11 terrorist attacks with a report Monday of $12.7 billion in net profits last year, up from $98 million in 2012.

Reliance on 401(k) retirement accounts drops, poll shows

Fewer Americans are counting on 401(k) accounts to fund their retirement years, apparently because of disappointment with the stock market after painful losses in the Great Recession, according to a new study.

Drug maker Pfizer says profit fell 15% as it pursues AstraZeneca

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. reported its first quarter earnings fell 15% as the company struggled with expiring patents and increasing competition from generic drugs.

Gas prices on way down after peaking in late April, report says

Just in time for the summer driving season, gas prices are on the way down after creeping up for weeks and hitting a peak in late April, a report says.

Banks embrace riskier loans for homeowners, hedge funds alike

Banks are reviving some of the riskier lending practices that preceded the financial crisis, attracting attention as you might expect, although they say they're keeping a lid on things this time. 

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