Fair Lending Enforcement Roll-Backs at CFPB Could be Sign of Changing Times

Could this be the beginning of the end of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as we know it? This month The Trump administration, through acting CFPB Director Mick Mulvaney, announced sizeable restrictions to CFPB’s enforcement and day-to-day oversight of the financial industry’s fair lending practices. The move comes shortly after Mulvaney was installed as Acting […]

My Big Co(i)n: Cryptocurrency Scams Play on Same Old Tricks

Bitcoin – Big Coin – Bitcoin – Big Coin… Read that over a few times. Are those two words beginning to sound similar? That’s what the founders of My Big Coin, Inc. were hoping when they created their cryptocurrency investment offering. The Nevada-based company has been accused of defrauding investors hoping to cash-in on the […]

Regulators’ Concerns Grow Amid Cryptocurrency Investing Boom

“Cryptocurrency”, “blockchain” These are the buzz words among investors as we head into 2018. Building on the success and popularity of Bitcoin – which seems to be hitting new record highs every week – has caused a stir among investors, and it’s getting the attention of businesses. As investors look to find out how they […]

Top Investor Tips for 2017

Investor Tips: A Year in Review With a new year upon us, we thought we’d look back at the most popular questions investors have been asking over the past year. Here are the most popular investor tips for 2017: Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) ICOs made a big splash in 2017. With the Bitcoin boom and […]

To Buy or To Sell? Why Investors Should Take Stock Ratings with a Grain of Salt

Stock ratings are offered by many investment banking groups as a simple way for investors to judge the value of a stock or security. In addition to rating a value of a security, stock ratings typically provide an answer to the question all investors ask: Is it time to buy or sell? In the case […]

Investing 101: Wrap Fees Explained

If you’ve looked into hiring an investment adviser or advisory firm to help manage your investments, you may have seen some offer various advisory services bundled together under one comprehensive fee. These types of service fees are called wrap fees and are offered as sponsored packages by many advisory firms. With wrap fee programs, your […]

Coming This December: Federal Rate Hikes… (More in 2018)

There’s been chatter recently among economic experts that federal rate hikes would likely soon be on the way. Since 2016, the Federal Reserve has risen interest rates three times, but they’ve not not made any definitive announcements on the further hikes, leaving it open to speculation when they’d actually be introduced. It appears that economists […]

CFPB Replacement Pick Sparks Contention

Last week, we spotlighted the resignation of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) head, Richard Cordray. His departure left a mark of uncertainty over the fate of the institution – one of the financial industry’s top regulators. Who’s the Boss? This week sparked contention over who would be taking the helm following Cordray’s departure. Although Cordray […]

With Cordray’s Resignation, What’s Next for the CFPB?

This week, Richard Cordray handed in his resignation as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The early resignation comes at a time of increased criticism over current financial regulations and an uncertain outlook for many regulatory bodies. The CFPB especially, has been subject of intense criticism from the financial industry as overbearing and […]

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