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Which Credit Card Rewards Does the IRS Care About?

Citibank recently sent recipients of a special frequent flier mile promotion an unwelcome surprise: a 1099 tax form indicating those miles are taxable income. Wondering if your other credit card rewards might be taxable too? Well, stop worrying.

Fee Backlash Cost Big Banks Over 2 Million Customers

Switching banks is a hassle, but outrage over the big financial institutions' efforts to pile on new steep fees pushed more than 2 million people to close their accounts over the past 3 months. Is Bank Transfer Day becoming Bank Transfer Year?

Why Dollar Stores Are Hotter Than Ever (Even for the Rich)

Dollar stores are luring a lot more consumers these days, and their rock-bottom prices aren't the only reason: The chains have undergone major makeovers in recent years, sprucing up their dingy digs and adding better merchandise.

Financial Scams: The Latest Twists in the Art of the Con

You're not going to fall for the old Nigerian prince scam anymore -- but the fraudsters know that, and they've moved on, too. Here are some financial scams that made the rounds in 2011 -- and will likely be back in some form this year.

Voila! Bankrupt Cities Are Solvent Again! (Or Not)

Last month, Harrisburg, Pa., tried to throw in the financial towel and declare Chapter 9, but a judge threw out the bankruptcy petition. That doesn't mean the city is magically healthy again, though, and it's not the only municipality in similar straits. Here's why it matters to the rest of the country.

The Best Rewards Cards You've Never Heard Of

Looking for a credit card that pays better rewards: You may be shopping in the wrong place. Rewards offered by traditional credit cards have been shrinking. Yet there is a certain class that offers consumers a better deal.

U.S. Stock Market Poised for Another Huge Drop

The bad news is that the stock market, as measured by the S&P 500, sits at 1,131, a low point it hasn't traded near consistently since late 2009. The worse news is that there's every reason to believe it will decline further to below 900, back to levels it hit around March 2009.

Less Need Now to Read Your Credit Card's Fine Print

It appears that complaints from consumers and regulators about the lack of credit card transparency at banks have not fallen on deaf ears. According to CardHub.com's 2011 Credit Card Application Study, the 10 biggest issuers of plastic have significantly improved transparency this year.

UBS Joins Growing List of Bank Layoffs

In a cost-cutting move, Swiss banking giant UBS announced that it would trim 3,500 people from its workforce. Most of the cuts, which are expected to save $2.5 billion in annual costs, will be in the firm's underperforming investment banking unit. It's the latest in a string of big bank layoffs. Who could be next?

At Last, Citigroup Starts to Pull Through

It took a while -- three years, really -- but Citigroup, by far the weakest of the big banks coming out of the recession, is starting to pull through. After this morning's second-quarter earnings report of $3.3 billion, or $1.09 per share, investors have several things to rejoice over.

The Financial Landscape: OPEC Quotas and 'Too Big to Fail'

The theme for Thursday is big players adjusting to a changing world: Citigroup is shutting down a major hedge fund it used for soon-to-be-banned proprietary trading, Goldman has been subpoenaed over its role in the subprime mortgage crisis, and OPEC is thinking that it might need to pump more oil.

Will Google Turn Android Phones into Credit Cards?

Many major companies are hoping that consumers will use their smartphones as a credit or debit card, and Google may be preparing to join in with its Android phones. But is the trend, which has grown popular in Japan, finally ready to take off in the U.S.?

Paulson and Co. Clears $1 Billion on Citigroup Shares

Hedge fund manager John Paulson told Paulson & Co. clients that the company made more than $1 billion during the past 18 months on its investment in Citigroup, Bloomberg News reported, citing Paulson's letter to clients this month.

Citigroup Promotes John Havens to President and COO

Citigroup on Wednesday announced the promotion of John Havens, the head of its Institutional Clients Group, to president and chief operating officer. The move is designed to make the financial behemoth nimbler by cutting the number of executives who report directly to CEO Vikram Pandit.

Citi May Have to Refile Thousands of Forelcosure Affidavits

Citigroup Inc (C) said it may have to refile thousands of foreclosure affidavits. The bank is reviewing 10,000 affidavits executed before the company overhauled its foreclosure operation in February, Harold Lewis, a managing director with CitiMortgage said in written testimony for a congressional hearing. Bloomberg News reported his comments.

Glencore International Considering $10 Billion IPO

Glencore International AG, the world%u2019s largest commodity trader, is considering a $10 billion IPO. The IPO would be done in London and potentially Hong Kong in the second quarter of 2011, Bloomberg News reported without naming its sources.

Fed Sets 'Stress Test' Deadline for Biggest Banks

The Federal Reserve has set a Jan. 7 deadline for the largest banks to prove they have the capital to withstand another financial crisis. Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Citibank and 16 others will have to file so-called "stress test" documentation by then.

Bank of America May Pay Employee Bonuses in Stock

As Bank of America continues to cope with fallout from the housing and mortgage crisis, the financial institution may have to pay some year-end employee bonuses in the form of stock because of a possible cash shortfall related to its buy-back of stock from the federal government.

SEC Probes Citigroup Bond Funds

The SEC subpoenaed several former in-house brokers as part of an investigation of Citigroup (C) debt funds. The funds in question borrowed heavily and invested in mortgage bonds and municipal bonds, The Wall Street Journal said without naming its sources. The funds%u2019 value slumped by as much as 77% during the financial crisis, leading Citigroup to offer share buybacks that would reduce investor loss to about 61%.

Morgan Stanley Earnings Come Up Short

Morgan Stanley posted a third-quarter net loss, hurt by special charges and declines in sales and trading activity in a market that's been low on volume for months. On an adjusted basis, the world's biggest brokerage missed Wall Street's forecast.

Morgan Stanley Earnings Preview: Profits Will Fall

Morgan Stanley is expected to report sharp declines in third-quarter earnings and revenue ahead of Wednesday's opening bell, hurt by months of weak trading activity. The financial giant is forecast to post earnings of 15 cents a share, less than half the 38 cents a share booked a year ago.