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Justice Neil Gorsuch stresses over financial Supreme Court cases

Now You Can Start Judging Justice Neil Gorsuch

October 5, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

His first real Supreme Court term starts this week, and his opinions will start affecting our financial lives.

Richard Cordray quizzes American's about their financial health (illustrated)

More Than 40 Percent of Americans Can’t Pay Their Bills

September 28, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

If Donald Trump wants an easy win, promote financial literacy. It really does make a difference, according to the CFPB.

Bernie Sanders performs a health care comedy skit (illustrated)

We Can Finally Talk Seriously About Healthcare Again

September 21, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

After years of mushy Obamacare repeal, Bernie Sanders gives us something concrete to debate.

Donald Trump spills coffee on a laptop he doesn't know how to use while trying to understand cybersecurity (illustrated)

After Equifax, Where Is Trump’s Cybersecurity Plan?

September 14, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

A major credit bureau handed out 143 million Social Security numbers out of laziness and incompetence. Is Trump going to do anything?

Betsy DeVos and her bear order Richard Cordray to leave (illustrated)

Now the Education Department Is Mad

September 7, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

The CFPB tried to pick up the department’s slack. Now the Education Department is pushing back.

Donald Trump kicks student loan borrowers when they're down (illustrated)

We’re Paying Off Student Loans More Slowly Than Ever

August 31, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

And we’re not getting any relief from Donald Trump.

Donald Trump's jobs record isn't great, so he's pressing every jobs button he can (illustrated)

How Is Trump Doing on Jobs?

August 24, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

He promised 2.5 million jobs a year. Here’s what we have after six months.

Donald Trump shows off his best presidential qualities, like caring about money for himself (illustrated)

Trump Supporters Say These Financial Traits Make Him Great

August 17, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Ethics and concern for the poor are not among them.

Banking regulator nominees Joseph Otting and Randy Quarles shake hands with Donald Trump (illustrated)

I Agree With Trump’s Top Banking Regulators

August 10, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

The biggest risk to the economy is this $1.3 trillion consumer debt — which Trump is doing nothing about

Betsy DeVos looks at a classroom of lawyers (illustrated)

18 States Say Betsy DeVos Is a Failure

August 3, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

The education secretary is being sued for siding with for-profit schools over students. But at least she’s learning from her mistakes.

Man stands in a barren field next to a fruitful one (illustrated)

How Well Does Your State Manage Money?

July 20, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

A close look at state balance sheets shows that “fiscally conservative” doesn’t mean financially healthy — but neither does “lots of taxes.”

CFPB Director Richard Cordray tips the scales of consumer justice (illustrated)

Thanks to the CFPB, We Can Sue Banks Again

July 13, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

For years, credit card companies and banks have avoided class-action lawsuits by writing rules prohibiting them. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau just snapped those rules.

Betsy Devos and Rich Cordray fight over student loans (illustrated)

Is It The CFPB Versus The Education Department?

July 6, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Looks like Richard Cordray and Betsy DeVos are going to fight over student loan forgiveness.

A geographical color-coded depiction of the U.S. ranking states by consumer credit

Why Do Trump Voters Have Worse Credit Than Democrats?

June 29, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

States that voted for Trump have fewer credit cards, lower balances, and a worse understanding of money.

An angry woman shakes her fists at the sky (illustrated)

This Week’s Grim Debt Facts: Mostly Broke, Sometimes Stupid

June 29, 2017 | Michael Koretzky

If another recession is looming, this is your warning.

Barack Obama laughs at a tired Trump in the Oval Office (illustrated)

Time’s Up on Trump’s Undo Button

June 22, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

the law he used to cancel last-minute Obama regulations won’t prevent changes to prepaid cards and other improvements.

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch points his gavel dramatically (illustrated)

Neil Gorsuch Sides with Debt Collectors in His First Ruling

June 15, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

That sucks in the short-term, but it’s good for consumers in the long-term.

A look at the key aspects of the Financial Choice Act legislation on a mobile app (illustrated)

Where Does Trump Stand on Financial Reform?

June 8, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

He wants the CFPB gutted, but also is “looking at” busting up big banks.

Graduates stare at a tsunami of student loan debt (illustrated)

Student Loans: Too Big to Fail? Or Too Much to Succeed?

June 1, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

The “student loan crisis” is so massive, we can’t even comprehend it anymore.

Betsy DeVos rides a bear at the circus with ringleader Trump (illustrated)

Donald Trump’s Student Loan Circus

May 25, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

He wants to ditch almost everything that helps students save money and manage debt in order to “prioritize students” and “empower parents.”

A giant rump imposingly looks at members of Congress (illustrated)

Trump Is Good For America Now – And Even Better Later

May 18, 2017 | Michael Koretzky

I didn’t vote for him, but I also don’t complain about him.

Neil Gorsuch sits in consideration of arguments in the Supreme Court (illustrated)

Is Neil Gorsuch Good or Bad for Your Wallet?

May 11, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

One month into his new job, here’s a quick look at how Trump’s Justice weighs in. It’s way too early for a verdict.

Trump carries off a wheelbarrow of tax break cash while an ordinary guy looks at his empty pockets (illustrated)

Who Is Going to Get a Big Trump Tax Cut?

May 4, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Hint: His name starts with T and ends with rump. But at least it’s not Paul Ryan’s plan, and maybe if he gets a big break he’ll leave us all alone.

Donald Trump does a 100 days victory dance (illustrated)

All the Great Things Trump Did for Me In 100 Days

May 1, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

No, I’m not joking.

Donald Trump gestures at a chaotic scene in Venezuela (illustrated)

Trump Can’t Ruin America

April 27, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

No matter what you think about Donald Trump, there are hard limits to how much he can reshape politics and the economy. Look no further than the crisis in Venezuela.

Uncle Sam is a two-faced monster when it comes to tax debt (illustrated)

Want to Collect Debts for the IRS? The Bar Is Pretty Low

April 21, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

The IRS will use private debt collectors who have failed before, including one the federal government is already suing for ripping consumers off.

Donald Trump and Mike Pence snoop on you in the privacy of your home (illustrated)

Trump Is Stealing Your Internet Privacy

April 20, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Deregulating for its own sake is incredibly stupid — but potentially profitable for internet companies and identity thieves.

Donald Trump punts people seeking public student loan forgiveness off a cliff (illustrated)

Could Donald Trump Snatch Away Student Loan Forgiveness?

April 13, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Everybody wants their debt forgiven, but the people actually promised it could be screwed.

Donald Trump yells at immigrants to go away and stop stealing our jobs against a foreground of shuttered factories in a Soviet-style illustration

Are Immigrants Actually Stealing Our Jobs?

April 6, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Trump thinks so, but research shows they do far more good than harm.

Donald Trump juggles piggy banks representing Social Security (illustrated)

Can Trump Keep His Promise To Leave Social Security Alone?

March 23, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

He campaigned on not cutting entitlements, but conservatives think he has to.

Donald Trump fights consumers in a boxing ring as the CFPB jumps in (illustrated)

Why the CFPB Still Has a Fighting Chance

March 16, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Republicans may hate it, but the courts — and even Mike Pence’s economist — don’t.

Donald Trump presses the magic jobs button (illustrated)

God’s Gift to Jobs? Time to Prove It

March 9, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Here’s a quick look at employment stats to put the first jobs numbers of the Trump administration into context — and what we can expect.

A giant Donald Trump lounges in a speech to Congress (illustrated)

State of the Dystopia

March 2, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Donald Trump’s first speech to Congress Tuesday night was a nice change of pace. But actually doing stuff would be better.

Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell search for good legislative ideas (illustrated)

5 Smart Pieces of State Debt Legislation

February 23, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

If Congress needs help helping people, it should look to these state legislators.

Parents, veterans, and other Americans drop their petitions into the White House (illustrated)

Financial Issues Real Americans Want Trump to Solve

February 16, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

These desperate White House petitions aren’t getting much attention. Some of them deserve it.

Betsy DeVos rides a bear and flings education vouchers everywhere (illustrated)

25 Things I Learned About Betsy DeVos By Reading Her Own Words

February 9, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Secretary of Education responded (sort of) to more than 140 Congressional questions beyond her confirmation hearing. But nobody talked about it.

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch points his gavel dramatically (illustrated)

What Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Could Mean for Your Finances

February 2, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Neil M. Gorsuch is a lot like Justice Antonin Scalia — except for one big thing.

A giant Trump looms over the New York skyline with his foot about to crush the CFPB on a small boat (illustrated)

Will Trump Wreck the Greatest Federal Agency?

January 26, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

He’s hiring people that hate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and pledged to tear up post-recession banking regulations

Donald Trump and Barack Obama in Uncle Sam Outfits pitch their student loan repayment plans to a recent graduate (illustrated)

Trump Could Be Great for Your Student Loan Debt

January 19, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Or he could be horrible. That’s why I just applied for a new repayment plan while I still can.

Barack Obama puts Donald Trump through a meat grinder (illustrated)

President Obama Created President Trump. But Not Like Liberals Think.

January 18, 2017 | Michael Koretzky

Here’s a theory with something for everyone — to hate.

Donald Trump mints a coin in his own image (illustrated)

3 Weird Markets Trump Has Already Changed

January 12, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

The Donald’s business ties, Twitter tantrums and fickle personality will shake up a lot of markets — but I bet you didn’t expect these

A man rages about Obamacare (illustration)

Why Obamacare Sucks And Nobody Wants To Fix It

April 6, 2016 | Brandon Ballenger

If you were fine before Obamacare, you’re probably fine now. Otherwise, here’s why Obamacare sucks for millions of Americans like me.