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Capital One case heralds end of sneaky fees

July 19, 2012

The U.S. credit card issuer is paying $210 mln to settle charges of duping customers. The first big enforcement action by the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau indicates the kind of innovation in its crosshairs. Lenders will have to be creative without being deceptive.

Headless financial watchdogs needn’t be toothless

December 8, 2011

Senate Republicans blocked another Obama nominee to lead a key agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Politics is making it tough to solidify leadership at a handful of top regulators. But as the FDIC is proving, acting directors can still get things done.