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Archived Since:March 9, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Freddie Mac: Mortgage rates drop a notch; 30-year averaging 4.2%

Mortgage interest rates eased slightly this week amid mixed housing data, with Freddie Mac's survey showing that lenders were offering 30-year fixed-rate loans to well-qualified borrowers at an average of 4.2%, down from 4.23% last week.

Durable goods orders plunge as aircraft demand returns to normal

Orders for computers, automobiles and other long-lasting durable goods last month posted their biggest drop since the federal government began collecting the data in 1992 as aircraft demand returned to normal levels after a surge in July.

Former CEO of O.C. company charged with insider trading

A federal grand jury indicted the former chief executive of an Orange County medical device company on insider-trading charges for allegedly tipping his friend, former Angels player Doug DeCinces, to company secrets that moved the stock market.

General Mills shareholders reject proposal to dump GMOs

General Mills Inc. has made strong commitments this year to natural and organic foods. It took genetically modified ingredients out of its signature cereal brand Cheerios and then doubled down on its organic lineup by striking an $820-million deal for Annie’s, a stalwart of the organic...

KB Home sees prices, profit grow in third quarter

More sales of higher-priced houses, especially in the West, powered KB Home to higher revenue and profit in its fiscal third quarter, but the Los Angeles-based home builder's stock price was falling Wednesday after the results came in below analyst expectations.

Sales of new homes reach highest level in six years in August

Sales of newly built homes in the U.S. surged in August to their highest level in six years, according to new figures out Wednesday.

Can a gas station charge for providing air for your tires?

Sharon wants to know how gas stations get away with charging people for providing air for their tires.

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...

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