Alpha Consumer

August 2009


Today, Credit Card Reform Begins

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Starting today, credit card companies are required to begin doing business a little differently: First, they must inform their customers at least 45 days in advance of any interest rate hikes, compared to the previous 15-day requirement. If a customer doesn't like the change, then he can close the ...

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How Clueless Are College Graduates?

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Earlier this summer, when Beth Kobliner, author of the bestseller Get a Financial Life, was interviewed on the Fox Business Network, she said something that struck me as a bit extreme. She said that college graduates—even those coming from the Ivy League—enter the workforce without understanding ...

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Amid Recession, Women Spend Even Less

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Women, it seems, are dealing with this recession a little differently than men. Specifically, we are cutting back on our spending more than our male peers. A survey by Opinion Research Corporation for TD Ameritrade found that 86 percent of women say they are spending less on optional expenses ...

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