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Private Student Loans: Subprime Mortgages of the College World

Student loan debt is a $1 trillion issue today, but according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, one fairly small part of the student loan market appears to be most responsible for many of the problems borrowers face: private student loans.

How You Can Benefit From the Capital One Settlement

The Capital One Financial settlement with U.S. regulators over deceptive marketing of credit card "add-on products" means a lot to all consumers, not just Capital One customers, according to consumer advocates.

Capital One to Refund Customers $150 Million to End Card Probe

Capital One Bank will pay $210 million to settle charges that it pressured credit card customers to buy costly add-on services like payment protection and credit monitoring. About $150 million of that fine will go directly to 2.5 million of its customers.

Consumer Bureau to Supervise Credit Reporting Agencies

Credit reporting agencies will soon be subject to federal oversight for the first time. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced Monday that it will begin supervising the nation's biggest consumer reporting agencies this fall.

Online Credit Card Complaint Database Debuts

A new online database devoted to cataloging consumer complaints against credit card companies launched Tuesday. The website, created by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, will begin by posting grievances against credit card companies, and will eventually include complaints regarding mortgages and student loans.

Consumer Watchdog Weighs Limits to Mortgage Fees

Regulators might ban origination fees that vary with the size of the loan, known as "origination points." They also might limit the use of "discount points" that are supposed to result in lower interest rates.

CFPB Boosting Budget, Oversight Duties

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is pumping up its budget for 2013, in part because it will start regulating large debt collectors and credit reporting companies, two sectors of that have heretofore had little federal oversight.

Obama Bucks GOP, OKs Consumer Watchdog

In a defiant display of executive power, President Barack Obama on Wednesday will buck GOP opposition and name Richard Cordray as the nation's chief consumer watchdog even though the Senate contends the move is inappropriate, senior administration officials told The Associated Press.

CFPB Developing Simpler Credit Card Form

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau launched a campaign aimed at simplifying credit card agreements Wednesday. The agency is asking the public for feedback on a more transparent credit card form that is broken down into three sections -- costs, changes and additional information -- and features information high up on fees and interest rates.

Holly Petraeus, Servicemembers' Financial Advocate

The new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is there to guard all of us being taken advantage of financially. Turns out, one group that needs extra protection in that arena: those who protect our whole nation -- U.S. service members and their families. And Holly Petraeus is going to make sure they get it.

What New Consumer Agency Will Do for You

On Thursday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau officially opens for business. Even as the political fight continues over just how potent the agency will be, at root, its mission is to make clear the prices and risks of financial products and services. Here's where it will focus its early efforts: