How to Get Your Money Back: Plastc Goes Bankrupt
 
By on April 21, 2017

There’s a whole lot of upset people today who woke up to an e-mail announcing that Plastc has shut down. The company had aimed to create an all-in-one payment card that would let you store multiple credit and debit cards on one Plastic card, so you could slim down your wallet. The promises were huge. […]

 
Burger King Wants to Move to Canada, Dodge U.S. Taxes
 
By on August 25, 2014

(Image courtesy of Creative Tools on Flickr) Update at the bottom. Burger King added its name to the list of American companies potentially looking to move out of the country in order to dodge its tax bill. The strategy is called a “tax inversion,” in which a company moves its legal base (a domicile) to […]

 
How to (Fully) Legalize Uber in California
 
By on August 5, 2014

(Courtesy of bootleggersson on Flickr) Part of my goal with 2 Minute Finance is not only to provide personal finance education, but to also stoke a new passion for consumer advocacy in my friends. It’s easy to complain about what companies or the government are doing to consumers. But it’s not so easy to get […]

 
A New Secure Payment Card That Could Still Put Your Money at Risk
 
By on June 17, 2014

(Courtesy of Mastercard on Flickr) There’s a new type of debit and credit card that will take the country by storm next year. The hope is to secure our card’s data from thieves. But the way that card issuers are rolling out the technology right now will leave us vulnerable to scammers for the foreseeable […]

 
JetBlue GoPack, A Good Deal?
 
By on March 5, 2014

(Courtesy Wikimedia) JetBlue Airways rolled out their commuter flight voucher packs last week. But what are they, is it a good deal, and should you buy one? What is a GoPack? These 6 or 10 voucher packs allow travelers to prepay airfare at a predetermined price, between specific cities for a set number of flights. […]

 
Overstock.com: Where Deals Could Be Falsely Advertised
 
By on February 21, 2014

Not the actual set of furniture at the center of this lawsuit (Courtesy: Overstock.com) When is a good deal a great deal at Overstock.com?  Apparently, whenever the company wants it to be.  A judge in in Alameda County, California ruled yesterday that Overstock posted misleading “compared at” prices alongside the item’s actual sales price.  In […]

 
T-Mobile Launches Banking Service, Many Scratch Head in Confusion
 
By on January 22, 2014

T-Mobile announced today it wants to be your new bank. Sounds odd to you? It should. In a weird “you should really investigate further, but this is still an intriguing service” kind of way. But I’ve done the homework for you and broke it down in an easy to understand way. What is it? Through […]

 
J.C. Penney’s Problems Are Larger Than Just Pricing
 
By on February 8, 2012

(All Images Courtesy of J.C. Penny)  Last month, J.C. Penney announced plans to end the barrage of sales that the company promotes every year in their department stores in favor of everyday low pricing. CEO Ron Johnson, formerly of Apple, has the unenviable task of turning around the stodgy and tired retailer, which ran an […]

 
Memo to Personal Finance Bloggers re: Suze Orman Twitter Feud & Proper Disclosure
 
By on January 12, 2012

(Image courtesy of TheApprovedCard.com) MEMORANDUM To: Personal Finance Bloggers From: Bobby Lee – Host, 2 Minute Finance Date: January 12, 2012 Re: #OrmanGate2012 & Disclosing Profits (Call to Action) What a week it’s been so far in the Personal Finance (PF) blogsophere! Suze Orman vs. our #FinFam…what an interesting series of tweets. (If you missed […]

 
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