Senior Editor, Money Team

Eileen Ambrose is a senior editor and writer for the Money Team. She previously was a personal finance columnist with the Baltimore Sun.

Consumer Agency May Clamp Down on Payday Lenders

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is proposing new rules to restrict high-cost payday and car-title loans that often leave borrowers in worse financial shape. The agency can’t do anything about the interest rates charged — that’s up to the states — although it does have the authority to regulate the lenders making these loans. “Too many short-term and longer-term loans are made based on the lender’s ability to collect and not on a borrower’s ability to repay,” CFPB Director Richard Cordray …

Wyoming Tops New List of Best Places to Retire

Go West, retiree, go West! That appears to be the conclusion of a new Bankrate.com survey on the best and worst states in which to retire. Four of the top five best places to spend your golden years are western states, in this order: Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and Idaho. Virginia came in fifth, followed by Iowa, Montana, South Dakota, Arizona and Nebraska. Bankrate, which polled people on what’s important to them when deciding where to retire, ranked the states on …

Wanted: Your Best Tips for Saving Money

We all have ways of saving a buck — maybe a lot more — through savvy shopping or careful planning. Perhaps you picked up these moves over the years; maybe you just learned about them. Whether your tips are old or new, we want to hear about them, to share with other readers. We’re looking for savings for the home — from the kitchen to the garden — on health care, beauty, fashion, home decorating and personal technology, as well as travel and entertainment. Please …

Need Cash? IRS Has $1 Billion in Unclaimed Refunds

Here’s a time you want to hear from the IRS. The agency has $1 billion in unclaimed refunds belonging to about 1 million people who didn’t file a 2011 tax return. The IRS holds the money for three years, after which it goes to the Treasury Department. Time is running out for 2011 refunds to be recovered by taxpayers. See how Life@50+ can affect your life – Register today » “Some people may not have filed because they didn’t make much money, but …

Obama propone normativas para proteger los ahorros de los trabajadores

El presidente Barack Obama pidió al Departamento del Trabajo (en inglés) federal que presente una normativa para proteger los ahorros de las cuentas IRA, 401(k) y otros planes de jubilación ofrecidos por los empleadores, de cargos y gastos ocultos que pueden representar pérdidas de miles de millones de dólares a los ahorristas. El presidente quiere que a los corredores de inversiones y otros asesores se les requiera actuar teniendo en mente el mejor interés de los inversores y no el …

President Proposes Rule to Protect Worker Savings

President Barack Obama called on the Department of Labor today to draw up a rule to protect people who save in IRAs, 401(k)s and other workplace retirement plans from hidden fees and expenses that may drain billions from their accounts. The president wants brokers and other professionals to be required to act in an investor’s best interest — instead of their own — when dispensing advice on retirement accounts. “Right now there are no uniform rules of the road that require retirement advisers to …