Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 2:57 pm
By Holden Lewis · Bankrate.com

Thousands of people own houses that they rent out to vacationers on the Gulf Coast, from Florida to Texas. Some of these mom-and-pop landlords have suffered cancellations or slower-than-normal bookings. They are eligible for compensation from BP. Christine Karpinski, who owns a few rental properties in the Florida panhandle and also writes for HomeAway.com, recently wrote

Friday, July 16, 2010 9:48 am
By Holden Lewis · Bankrate.com

The oil gusher has scrambled the economy along the Gulf Coast, cutting incomes of everyone from fishermen to hotel maids. Regulators are asking banks if they will treat those customers, including mortgage borrowers, fairly. Please? Pretty please? The title of the interagency statement tells you a lot: “Financial Institutions Affected by the Deepwater Horizon Oil

Friday, June 04, 2010 2:20 pm
By Claes Bell · Bankrate.com

I took a long road trip up to Tennessee over the Memorial Day weekend, and one thing that struck me was how much the Gulf oil spill has changed the way I think about cars. There’s always been a tension between my love of cars (especially cars with powerful engines) and my conviction that our

Thursday, May 27, 2010 11:34 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Even as we stoke up the barbie for Memorial Day weekend, nervous home insurance companies are chewing their nails in anticipation of the official start to hurricane season. This year, tensions are running higher than normal among homeowners and insurance underwriters, and for good reason. Record water temperatures in the Atlantic combined with the departure