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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is considering rules that would limit arbitration clauses, little-known contracts that often ban consumers from participating in class action lawsuits.

A MasterCard Inc. credit card sits on top of credit and debit cards arranged for a photograph in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. MasterCard Inc. is expected to release earnings data on Jan. 31. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

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COLUMN | A new guide helps potential home buyers determine how much mortgage they can afford.

Longer life spans than men’s and a lack of financial literacy are among challenges sapping their confidence.

Starting Oct. 3, home buyers will get standardized disclosure forms and have three days to review their loans before closing.

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Survey of more than 30,000 college graduates suggests that relationships made in college matter most.

The number of people who fail to pay their federal student loans within three years of leaving college is down, signaling that the government's generous repayment plans are taking off.

Retailers face a deadline Thursday for updating their registers to accept new, and more secure credit cards.

At least 87 U.S. colleges make first-year students live on campus, citing engagement benefits, but at a price.

One in four of the more than 41 million people with student loans is in default or struggling to make payments, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says.

Treasury Deputy Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin said it is time for student loan servicers to take responsibility for people falling behind or defaulting on their loans.

Thousands of Hispanic and African-American borrowers received higher markups on auto loans regardless of their creditworthiness, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced Monday.

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Making a difference requires real commitment — not just of money, but of time and talents, too.

Post columnist Michelle Singletary offers her advice and answers your questions.

A reader asks whether it’s a good idea to move closer to the kids and take on mortgage.

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