Consumer banking

Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell speaks at a news conference following a two-day meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
September 18, 2019 - 1:03 pm
The Federal Reserve has cut its benchmark interest rate again, big news for the U.S. economy but something that will likely have a muted impact on Americans' personal finances, experts say. That's because the reduction doesn't offset the increases of recent years. And as the key rate creeps closer...
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In this Spet. 9, 2019, photo, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin speaks to reporters outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington. Trump administration officials are coming before Congress to defend their plan for ending government control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the giant mortgage finance companies that nearly collapsed in the financial crisis 11 years ago and were bailed out at cost to taxpayers of $187 billion. Treasury Mnuchin and Housing and HUD Secretary Ben Carson are testifying Sept. 10 before the Senate Banking Committee on the plan for returning Fannie and Freddie to private ownership. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
September 10, 2019 - 9:37 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration officials on Tuesday defended their plan to Congress for ending government control of mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, clashing with Democratic senators on whether the change would raise home borrowing costs and neglect lower-income...
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FILE - This Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, file photo shows the Fannie Mae headquarters in Washington. The Trump administration has unveiled its plan for ending government control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, those are the two giant mortgage finance companies that nearly collapsed in the financial crisis 11 years ago and were bailed out by taxpayers at a total cost of $187 billion, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
September 05, 2019 - 4:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has unveiled its plan for ending government control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two giant mortgage finance companies that nearly collapsed in the financial crisis 11 years ago and were bailed out at a total cost to taxpayers of $187 billion. The...
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In this Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, photo a woman walks past a home listed in Cambridge, Mass. On Thursday, Aug. 15, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
August 15, 2019 - 9:43 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates remained near historically low levels this week against a backdrop of volatile financial markets around the globe. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on the benchmark 30-year loan was unchanged at 3.60%, its lowest level since...
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FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2019, file photo a pedestrian walks down South Broad Street in Philadelphia. Bounce back from a personal loan rejection by building your credit score, growing your income and paying off debt. Shop around and apply at lenders whose minimum qualifications you meet. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
August 08, 2019 - 9:58 am
Getting rejected for a personal loan can feel like a punch to the gut. It's easy to get discouraged, especially if it delays plans to consolidate debt or renovate your home. Instead of taking the rejection personally, use it as motivation to build your credit and supplement your income so you win...
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August 07, 2019 - 3:09 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands' central bank has ordered ABN AMRO to check all of its retail customers for possible financial crimes as part of a government crackdown. ABN AMRO revealed the order Wednesday alongside second-quarter results that showed its net profit edged up 1% from...
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August 05, 2019 - 6:01 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A corporate executive in North Carolina is accused of stealing more than $5 million from his medical technology company, going on lavish trips, staying at the Trump International Hotel in New York, spending $145,000 at a steakhouse and making big donations to his church. The...
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This Monday, July 22, 2019, photo shows Capital One mailing in North Andover, Mass. Capital One says a hacker got access to the personal information of over 100 million individuals applying for credit. The McLean, Virginia-based bank said Monday, July 29, 2019, it found out about the vulnerability in its system July 19 and immediately sought help from law enforcement to catch the perpetrator. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
July 29, 2019 - 8:29 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — A hacker gained access to personal information from more than 100 million Capital One credit applications, the bank said Monday as federal authorities arrested a suspect in the case . Paige A. Thompson — who also goes by the handle "erratic" — was charged with a single count of...
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July 19, 2019 - 5:44 am
NEW YORK (AP) — American Express posted a 9% gain in second-quarter profits on Friday, helped by more of its cardmembers carrying a credit card balance and increased spending on its namesake cards. The New York company said it earned a profit of $1.76 billion, or $2.07 a share. That's up from...
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In this Monday, July 15, 2019 photo a customer departs a Bank of America ATM, in Norwood, Mass. Bank of America Corp. reports earnings Wednesday, July 17. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
July 17, 2019 - 4:58 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Bank of America's second-quarter profits rose by 8% from a year earlier, the company said Wednesday, as the consumer banking giant has benefitted greatly from the rise in interest rates as well as consumers and businesses more willing to borrow. The bank earned $7.35 billion, or 74...
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