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March 2016

Credit unions offer better services to consumers than banks, survey shows

Credit unions are more than twice as likely as banks to offer free checking accounts to new customers, according to a Bankrate surveyed the nation’s 50 largest credit unions and found that 76 percent of their checking accounts are free – with no service fees or per transaction charges... Read more →

Recall of the Week: Bumble Bee and Chicken of the Sea tuna due to possible contamination with pathogens

Tri-Union Seafoods is recalling 107,280 cans of Chicken of the Sea tuna and Bumble Bee Foods is recalling 1.7 million cans of Bumble Bee tuna. The tuna may have been undercooked due to an equipment malfunction, which was discovered during an inspection, the companies said. These errors were part of... Read more →

Most consumers successful when they ask for reduced credit card rates and to get late fees waived

Eighty-nine percent of consumers who have credit cards that asked for a late fee waiver had their request granted and 78 percent who requested a lower interest rate received one, according to a survey. However, only one in five of consumers in the survey has tried to do this.... Read more →

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland I’m having a good time today remembering the trip my daughter and I took to Ireland last year in March. Ireland is such a fantastic place. Dublin is doing a good job preserving its historic buildings. Ireland’s countryside is phenomenal. Small, picturesque farms dot the... Read more →

Facts and figures for Saint Patrick’s Day 2016

Saint Patrick’s Day is Thursday. I’m looking forward to celebrating. How about you? How America celebrates More than 125 million Americans plan to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day this year and are expected to spend an average of $35.37 per person, down slightly from last year’s $36.52. Total spending for the... Read more →

Where are the best places to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day?

America has 33.2 million people with Irish ancestors, so celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day is a big deal here. Cities through the nation have created unique ways to celebrate the day, with parades, carnivals, concerts, pub events, and even turning rivers green. To help you find the best cities to celebrate,... Read more →

Lord & Taylor settles FTC charges it fooled consumers with ‘fashion recommendations’ by others it actually paid for

Lord & Taylor paid 50 fashion trendsetters thousands of dollars to promote its Design Lab Paisley Asymmetrical Dress on Instagram as part of an ad campaign, according to a FTC lawsuit. What people who followed these fashion influencers on Instagram saw were photos and posts about how fabulous the dress... Read more →