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Holden Miller gives a thumbs up to his new higher paycheck (illustrated)

Just Take The Money Already: Why You Should Support The Senate Tax Plan

December 15, 2017 | Holden Miller

Don’t worry about the rich. Don’t worry about the economy. Worry about your wallet.

Uncle Sam is coming to take a man's last dollar while Trump walks away with a bag of cash (illustrated)

4 Groups Hurt By the Republican Tax Bill

December 14, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Whichever version of this passes is going to suck, unless there’s a radical change of heart. And brain.

Donald Trump as a doctor (illustrated)

Dr. Trump Will See You Now

December 8, 2017 | Holden Miller

He’s got the prescription America needs.

The Federal Reserve board is missing a lot of people because of Trump (illustrated)

Making Jerome Powell Fed Chair Was a Mistake

December 7, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

It’s easy to elevate someone already on the board. Now he has to nominate someone new.

Betsy DeVos and a bear cub look at student loan paperwork (illustrated)

Why Is the Education Department Shrinking?

November 30, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Betsy DeVos already manages the smallest Cabinet agency, but she wants to cut her way to more savings. It won’t work, and it’s awful for struggling students.

Donald Trump protects Americans from the CFPB (illustrated)

Trump Wants to Protect You From Consumer Protection — And You Will Thank Him

November 29, 2017 | Holden Miller

The CFPB is a failure. But don’t blame Trump.

Donald Trump takes an Olympic victory lap for GDP growth (illustrated)

The Guru of Growth: Trump Delivers 3 Percent GDP Right Into Your Wallet

November 24, 2017 | Holden Miller

Obama couldn’t do it. But Trump can.

Richard Cordray flees the CFPB castle while Donald Trump rams down the door (illustrated)

The CFPB: Nice While It Lasted

November 23, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

The department’s leader is leaving. He may be the only one it ever had.

Donald Trump rides a rocket throwing tax cash everywhere (illustrated)

Why Trump’s Tax Plan Is Actually Good For Average Americans

November 17, 2017 | Holden Miller

Trump’s tax plan may not sound great to its critics, but it’s great for you.

A Keurig coffee maker is thrown out with the trash (illustrated)

Don’t Destroy Your Coffee Maker Over Politics

November 16, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

It makes no sense to punish your wallet for someone else’s political transgressions.

Jerome Powell is Trump's nominee for the Federal Reserve (illustrated)

Trump’s Fed Chair Nominee Isn’t Just A Hit, It’s A Home Run

November 10, 2017 | Holden Miller

This is a pick who will be hard for liberals to criticize. It’s a good thing.

Donald Trump celebrates the anniversary of his election with a birthday cake (illustrated)

Are You Happier Now?

November 9, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

It’s been a year since America elected Trump. What have we got to show for it?

Donald Trump-faced money (illustrated)

Donald Trump Wants People To Pay More For Student Loans – But Also Less

November 3, 2017 | Holden Miller

Donald Trump’s student loan plan would save students more money than Obama’s in the long run. It’s also better for the national debt.

Donald Trump has Congress drag Richard Cordray away from big banking regulations (illustrated)

Donald Trump Won’t Let You Sue Banks

November 2, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

He signed a law undoing consumer protections for class-action lawsuits against financial abuse.

Congressional leaders Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell look at student loan proposals (illustrated)

More Student Loan Ideas for a Hopeless Congress

October 26, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

They’ve got — and are ignoring — a bill on bankrupting student loans. But what about these ideas states are considering?

Donald Trump driving to Mexico for tax benefits while Americans wave goodbye (illustrated)

If Trump Wants Lower Taxes, He Could Move to Mexico

October 19, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Trump’s tax plan benefits him more than anybody else. But he doesn’t have to fight to change policy here… he could just leave.

What America Financially Fears for Friday the 13th

How Donald Trump Has Worsened Our Greatest Financial Fears

October 12, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Whether it’s retirement, health care, or identity theft, Trump has done some frightening things — that’s no trick.

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.