FindLaw Financial Crisis Resources and Coverage
Promissory Notes: Personal Loans to Family and FriendsIf you loan money to a friend or family member, you may feel that his or her word, or a handshake, is enough to seal the deal.
Renters in ForeclosureThe sub-prime mortgage industry meltdown is now affecting renters whose landlords have lost their rental properties through foreclosure. Learn about those renters' rights now.
How-To Reduce Your Mortgage ObligationsYou may be able to stop paying some of your home loans without risking foreclosure. Here's how.
When Debt Collectors Cross the LineFind out which collection practices are prohibited by law and what can you do if you are being harassed.
Is Bankruptcy Right for You?Is bankruptcy a good idea or not? Here are some things to consider.
Tips to Avoid ForeclosureBoth foreclosures and deficiency judgments could seriously affect your ability to qualify for credit in the future. Learn how to avoid this fate now.
10 Things to Think About: Wrongful DischargeDo you know what it means to be "wrongfully discharged" from employment? Find out now.
Answers about Home OwnershipAn introduction to the law of home ownership, including rights and restrictions, insurance, and the financial side of owning a home.
Getting Your Retirement Money Early -- Without PenaltyIf you take a distribution from your retirement plan early -- defined as before the day you turn 59 1/2 -- you will generally have to pay a 10% early distribution tax above and beyond any regular income taxes you may owe on the money.
Basic Terms for Shareholders and InvestorsConfused by all the financial terms in the news? Check out FindLaw's glossary for definitions of key words and phrases.
Bankruptcy & Debt ResourcesFindLaw's Bankruptcy and Debt Center provides information and resources to help if your debts are increasing and you're unable to pay your creditors on time.
Strategies for Rebuilding Your CreditGet answers to common questions about personal credit, and learn how to take steps that will help you bring up your credit score.Read More »
- Created by Congress in 1913 through the Federal Reserve Act.
- Chairman: Ben Bernanke
- Functions: Conduct US monetary policy, supervise and regulate the US banking system, maintain stability of the financial system and contain systemic risks
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- Established by the first congress of the United States convened in 1789.
- Secretary: Henry Paulson
- Functions: Manage federal finances, ennforce federal finance and tax laws, manage government accounts and the public debt
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- Created by the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
- Chairman: Christopher Cox
- Functions: Interpret federal securities laws, issue new rules and amend existing rules, oversee the inspection of securities firms.
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October 10th, 2008The Supreme Court, the Election, and the Recession: How Does the Court Fit In, and How Might Changing Circumstances Change the Court and Its Role?
October 2nd, 2008The Financial Crisis from the Viewpoint of a Constitutional Scholar
October 1st, 2008The Rationality of Spite: Why the Bailouts Do, And Should, Make People Angry
September 25th, 2008Why John McCain's Plan to Fire SEC Chairman Christopher Cox Might Well Be Deemed Unconstitutional
August 15th, 2008The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation: With Banks Failing or In Peril, It's Especially Important Now to Understand and Reform this Crucial Institution