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Are foreclosure victims getting their fair share?

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Checks earmarked for thousands of Florida foreclosure victims are finally in the process of being sent out and hundreds of millions of additional dollars more are being earmarked for new housing programs statewide. Yet there is a growing debate about where most of the money is going and if foreclosure ...

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Congressman proposes law to help stop identity theft

For years, Congressman Joe Garcia had all his financial information publicly posted as part of his campaign filings. Now he said that as a result he has been a multiple victim of identity theft. “You have to understand this can happen to anyone,” the Miami Democrat explained. “It happened to ...

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The economy can be like rollercoaster ride

In our consumer-based economy, when shoppers feel like spending, business gets a boost. But when they worry about rising prices and stagnant salaries, business usually slows down. And as is usually the case, Wall Street reacts accordingly. Brickell investor Herman Valerius is happy that Wall Street has been setting new ...

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There’s good reason to have suspicions about Citizens

If you are a South Florida homeowner, you’re likely in the state’s Citizens Insurance program. If you are, you should be aware of an exclusive CBS4 Investigation that found hundreds of thousands of policyholders might have been overcharged by the state-run company. Some Insurance Industry insiders believe the consumer losses ...

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Rising gas prices could put brakes on economy

Miami salesman Miguel Rodriguez couldn’t find gas for much less than about $3.99 a gallon on Presidents Day. “It’s not easy,” he admits. “Four dollars a gallon is very difficult to work with.” As it turns out, South Florida consumers increasingly are feeling the effects of more than a month’s ...

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IRS promises to crack down on tax scammers

Here’s some rare good news for taxpayers. The acting head of the IRS has announced a massive national crackdown to prevent billions of dollars in taxpayer refunds from being stolen by scammers nationwide. And the agency also is apologizing to identity theft victims over how long it is taking for ...

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