Health Care Reform Bill–26 Facts and Figures

By a vote of 219 to 212, the House of Representatives passed the health care reform bill. While it seems everybody has an opinion about Obamacare, we thought we’d stick just to the facts, and let you decide whether the bill is good or bad for the country. So with that in mind, here are […]

Published or Updated: October 28, 2012

It Takes a Village to Raise a Blog

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Two years ago today this intrepid soul launched himself on an unexpected adventure called the Dough Roller. I can still remember the feeling in the pit of my stomach when I hit the publish button on my first article, as if anybody was actually going to read it. Back then I knew absolutely nothing about […]

Published or Updated: April 16, 2014

2009 Economic Stimulus Package FAQs

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President Obama has signed into law an economic stimulus package that covers 2009 and 2010. The stimulus plan, which costs $787 billion over two years, is more than 700 pages long. To break it down for you and to summarize the key provisions, we have developed this 2009 Economic Stimulus Package FAQ. Economic Stimulus Payment […]

Published or Updated: March 12, 2009

When will the Recession End?

As every day seems to bring more economic turmoil, people are asking one simple question. When will the economic recession end? Wrapped up in this question are three questions that affect most of us. When will real estate values stop going down? When will the unemployment rate stop going up? And when will the stock […]

Published or Updated: April 16, 2014

An Interview with LendingClub’s Rob Garcia

LendingClub, a peer to peer lending site, brings individual borrowers and lenders together to fund loans up to $25,000. I got the opportunity of meeting LendingClub’s Rob Garcia when I was doing my research on how LendingClub and sets interest rates. Rob joined the founders of Lending Club and serves as the Director of Product […]

Published or Updated: February 14, 2013

The Federal Reserve Approves Sweeping Credit Card Reform

The Federal Reserve yesterday approved final rules aimed at protecting consumers by prohibiting certain unfair acts or practices by credit card issuers. The new rules were adopted under the Federal Trade Commission Act, and similar rules were concurrently adopted by the Office of Thrift Supervision and the National Credit Union Administration. The good news for […]

Published or Updated: March 22, 2012

Remembering A Good Soul–Dean Barnett (1967-2008)

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I lost a good friend yesterday. Dean Barnett was just 41 when he died of complications from Cystic Fibrosis. Dean and I first met in 1989 at Boston University School of Law. We were both incarcerated in Section B, which included contracts with the distinguished and extremely tough Professor Clark Byse. Dean and I helped […]

Published or Updated: April 16, 2014

Credit Cardholder’s Bill of Rights Act of 2008 – What it means for you

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While the $700 billion bailout and presidential elections have dominated the news, the House of Representatives passed a major piece of credit card reform legislation. The Credit Cardholder’s Bill of Rights Act of 2008 passed the House on September 23, 2008 by a vote of 312 to 112 (with 9 members not voting). While the […]

Published or Updated: March 22, 2012

How to Survive (and Thrive) in a Recession

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Make no mistake about it, a recession is here. While we do not know how long or painful it will be, we do know that it has the potential to be the worst financial crisis any of us have ever lived through. The stock market has lost more than 20% in the last 10 trading […]

Published or Updated: February 14, 2013