ONLINE PAYDAY LOANS HAVE 'HIDDEN COSTS' REPORT SAYS
Payday lenders have opened shop online – and that's created a new set of problems for borrowers, according to a new federal report. The study found that bank penalty fees and account closures are a significant and hidden cost to payday loans.
 
PODCAST: WHY SO MANY FEEL FINANCIALLY INSECURE
Also: Cord cutting is not always that easy, preventing animal cruelty, author of A Big FAT Crisis says willpower alone is not enough and Washington’s CARE Act.
 
BEST PREPAID DEBIT CARDS AS RATED BY CONSUMER REPORTS
Prepaid cards have gotten much better in the last few years, but Consumer Reports says some still have high and unexpected fees. The editors looked at 20 cards to find the best.
 
PODCAST: C-SECTION RATE TOO HIGH, STUDY FINDS
Also: Higher speed limits results in dramatic increase in deaths, Ford F-150 aces new crash test, cyber threats grow dramatically in number and seriousness, and preventing pet suffocation.
 
CYBER THREATS GETTING WORSE AS CROOKS KEEP GETTING SMARTER
Digital attacks are growing in number and sophistication, according to the Internet Security Threat Report from Symantec on Tuesday. The data lost, the money stolen and the disruption caused by cybercriminals is worse than ever.
 
PODCAST: NEW SURVEY ON DISTRACTED DRIVING
Also: Rising costs for essentials strain family budgets, the growing menace of ransomware, what the ‘natural’ label food label really means and the right ways to pick up your cat.
 
WHY ARE SO MANY FAMILY BUDGETS STRETCHED TO THE LIMIT?
Feeling a little squeezed at the end of each month? Most of us are spending more since the Great Recession, but our incomes have not nearly kept pace. A new report looks at the strain that’s putting on many family budgets.
 
PODCAST: A FIRST LOOK AT THE TESLA MODEL 3
Also: First ratings of car headlights, advice to parents about grown-up kids who want financial support, FTC shuts down bogus cancer charities and understanding your dog’s behavior.
 
WHY SO MANY MILITARY FAMILIES ARE DEALING WITH DEBT COLLECTORS
Going green is an enviable goal, but for some people paper is still the better way to receive their monthly bank and credit card statements. And under federal law, you cannot be forced to switch to digital.
 
PODCAST: THE LOWEST-RATED CARS OF 2016
Also: The benefits of old-fashioned paper financial statements, Seattle’s hot housing market by-the-numbers, preventing colon cancer and prediabetes does not have warning signs.

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