MicroBilt granted patent for payment reporting and scoring service

Apr 09, 2011 Brian Bradley

MicroBilt granted patent for payment reporting and scoring service

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently granted a patent to risk management firm MicroBilt for its PRBC bill payment reporting and scoring process.The company collects data on commonly recurring bill payments and filters it all into a


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Social media a new breeding ground for prospective employee research

Apr 08, 2011 Matt Roesly

Employers who use background screening service Tandem Select to check a prospective applicant's history can now use social media and publicly available web content as part of their hiring process, the company has announced."Companies


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Auto leasing on the rise

Apr 08, 2011 Brian Bradley

Auto leasing on the rise

More consumers are choosing to lease their automobiles, The Detroit News reports. During the recession, the financing option lost popularity as available credit became scarce, but now the industry is making a comeback.Leasing is attractive


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Short term lending reform bill in Iowa at a standstill

Apr 07, 2011 Todd Milner

According to The Iowa Independent, the Iowa Division of Banking reported that the annual interest rate on short term loans in 2009 was 292 percent.A coalition of faith-based and community groups are advocating to reduce that number to 36 percent,


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April is ID theft awareness month

Apr 07, 2011 Brian Bradley

April is ID theft awareness month

To combat the rising cost of identity theft and stop fraud's violation of privacy and inconvenience, a Washington-based credit union has declared April the month of ID theft awareness.More than 9 million people in the United States fall


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