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March 2019

Celebrating, traveling, and shopping on Saint Patrick’s Day 2019

In 1991, the U.S. Congress designated March as Irish-American Heritage Month. Saint Patrick introduced Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century, and Saint Patrick’s Day was originally a religious holiday to honor him. It has evolved into a celebration of being Irish and Ireland. On March 17, 1762, New York... Read more →

Under Trump, enforcement of consumer financial laws drops sharply, especially in areas with the highest complaints

The number of publicly announced enforcement actions under the Trump administration at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is dropping sharply, according to a report by the Consumer Federation of America. “Law enforcement activity at the CFPB has dropped precipitously under the Trump Administration’s leadership,” said Christopher Peterson, director of financial... Read more →

As credit card debt reaches a record high, do you need help getting out of debt?

Consumers racked up $67 billion in credit card debt during 2018, an all-time high, according to the “Credit Card Debt Study,” a report by WalletHub, a personal-finance website. Since the end of the Great Recession, consumer have increased their credit card debt in six of every 10 quarters. WalletHub also... Read more →

Propane torches are being recalled by Harbor Freight Tools due to burn hazards

Harbor Freight Tools is recalling about 150,000 greenwood propane torches. The trigger on the torches that engages the flame can fail to disengage when the trigger is no longer pressed, posing a burn hazard. Harbor Freight has received two reports of the trigger failing, including one report of a burn... Read more →

Today is International Women's Day

International Women's Day, March 8, is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women's Day has occurred for more than a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by... Read more →

Claire pulls kids’ makeup containing asbestos from shelves after FDA tests

Claire, a mall chain store, is removing from shelves three talc-based products — eye shadows, compact powder, and contour powder — that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said earlier this week contain asbestos. Claire’s said it’s doing this "out of an abundance of caution." FDA test results confirmed the... Read more →

How Wall Street influenced Congress last year

Ten years after the financial crisis, a majority of members of Congress in 2018 voted again and again for bank-backed bills that endanger financial stability, undermine consumer and investor protections, and enable racial discrimination in lending, according to a report by Americans for Financial Reform. The report, “Where They Stand... Read more →