Martha C. White

Martha C. White writes about consumer credit, debt and retail banking for and previously contributed to AOL's She has written about business, finance and the economy for outlets including Slate, the New York Times, and Fast Company. A native of New Jersey and graduate of Princeton University, White resides in upstate New York.

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Fed Ticks Off Retailers With Debit Interchange Ruling

The Federal Reserve Board isn’t really known for being shocking, but banks and retailers were shocked — and fighting mad — when the agency delivered its verdict on the contentious battle over debit interchange fees, capping fees at 21 cents per swipe — roughly half of the 44 cents banks currently collect every time a consumer uses …

Lawmakers Take Aim at Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

If you can’t beat ’em, starve ’em. It’s become a go-to tactic of the GOP-dominated House of Representatives, and it’s not just for Planned Parenthood anymore. Today, the House Appropriations Committee is expected to advance bank-friendly legislation created and approved by its financial services subcommittee that effectively hamstrings …

Federal Agency Sues Banks For Credit Union Failures

One of the most frustrating things about the 2008 financial crisis was the sense that the people who got us into this mess weren’t going to face any kind of repercussions. For ordinary Americans watching their nest eggs tank while reading about bailouts and golden parachutes, there was a widespread feeling that somebody needed to be held …

How to Save $23,000 On Car Insurance

Everybody knows that if you’re a good driver, you’ll pay less for car insurance than a person with a history of fender benders. But there’s another less obvious factor that dictates your car insurance rates: your credit score.

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