Inquiring Consumer Archive: July, 2012

Who (else) wants to break up the big banks?

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My colleague Joe DiStefano, writing about Sandy Weill's newfound appreciation for the Glass-Steagall Act's rules that separated staid, old... Read more

U.S. agencies order Capital One to pay $210 million in refunds, penalties

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The products Capital One's vendors pitched came with names such as ""Privacy Guard," "Credit Inform Premier," or "Payment Protection," and... Read more

Merrill loses at arbitration? Fire the arbitrators!

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Georgia businessman Robert C. Postell and his wife, Joan, lost a bundle in the market, and believed his brokerage, Merrill Lynch, had failed... Read more

The human cost of an Obamacare repeal

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The Supreme Court's decision allowing states to block the Medicaid expansion included under 2010's "Obamacare" law - and the promises of some... Read more

Obamacare as a job-creator, not a job-killer

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MIT economist Jonathan Gruber has advised both major parties on health-care reform. In fact, he enjoys the unusual distinction of having helped... Read more

New rule will make it easier to shop for mortgages

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If you've ever signed a mortgage, you know it's hands-down the most complicated document that an ordinary consumer will ever encounter. In... Read more