Charles Lane

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Behind The Rise In Hotel Rates — And How It's Benefitting Airbnb

Monday, October 12, 2015

The cost of a hotel room is up — a lot. Recently, prices have leapt nationwide at triple the rate of inflation. Even some business travelers are turning to peer-to-peer rentals to escape the prices.


No More Swiping: New Credit Cards Designed To Reduce Theft

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Thursday is the beginning of the end for magnetic-stripe credit cards. With the change, banks say stores will have to pay for fraudulent purchases. The shift may be hard for some small retailers.


Despite Recovery, Middle-Wage Workers Are Being Squeezed Out

Monday, September 07, 2015

Most jobs added since the recession are going to workers either in the top third or the bottom third of income. Those in the middle are getting squeezed out — especially men.


Care To Buy An Island Off The Hamptons? Don't Mind The Foot-And-Mouth Disease

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Plum Island lies just off the tip of Long Island, not far from the Hamptons. It sports miles of unblemished shoreline, hundreds of acres of undeveloped forest, a lighthouse — and the federal government is planning to put all of it on the auction block.

But before you go putting ...


When Gold Prices Drop, Who Benefits?

Monday, August 17, 2015

Gold prices have seen a small increase in the last few days — thanks to jitters over China's currency devaluation. That bump up is minor compared to the overall drop gold has seen since its 2011 peak.


The Economic Reality Of The Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Monday, June 29, 2015

From less-complicated tax filing to reducing uncertainty over medical decisions, the Supreme Court's ruling will have a wide impact on same-sex households. It will also affect corporate policies.


Target To Sell 1,600 In-Store Pharmacies To Drug Chain CVS

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Retail giant Target said Monday that it's offloading its pharmacy and clinic business to CVS. The nearly $2 billion acquisition still needs to be approved by the Federal Trade Commission.


FEMA To Allow Superstorm Sandy Victims To Review Flood Claims

Monday, May 25, 2015

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is allowing more than 140,000 victims to review claims if they feel insurance companies shortchanged them.


Why Sandy Homeowners Were Left in the Lurch

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Despite what insurers say, they had a financial incentive to avoid overpaying claims. But if they underpaid and were taken to court, FEMA would cover their legal fees.  

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No Joke. Flood Insurance Rates Increase On April 1

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

About a million people will see their premiums double. The rate increase is part of an effort to bring down the debt for the program which subsidizes insurance for people living in flood zones.


FEMA's Appeals Process Favored Insurance Companies Almost Every Time

Monday, March 16, 2015

It's the latest step in a growing controversy after thousands of homeowners said insurance companies lowballed damage estimates and insurance insiders called the appeals process "rigged."


Feds Prepared To Reopen All Superstorm Sandy Insurance Claims

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

FEMA's move comes after months of questions about whether insurance companies shortchanged homeowners.


Resolving FEMA's Flood Claims Could Cost Billions

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Federal officials have agreed to re-evaluate any Sandy-related flood insurance claim with questionable practices.


FEMA Begins Settling Flood Insurance Claims

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

On the hot seat after revelations of fraud, the federal agency makes deals with 160 homeowners in just two weeks.

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Superstorm Sandy Victims Say FEMA's Role Is Fatally Conflicted

Saturday, February 21, 2015

After Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Kathy Hanlon's life crumbled. Her Long Beach, N.Y., home had no electricity, her family was traumatized and one of her sons was getting sick. On top of that, there was the bureaucratic maze of flood insurance.

"I cried many times because I was so angry ...


National Flood Insurance Was Once Just Broke; Now It Looks Broken

Friday, February 20, 2015

Homeowners say they've been systematically cheated — the government promises reform.

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FEMA In Talks To Settle Sandy Flood Insurance Claims

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has been holding talks with lawyers representing Superstorm Sandy victims who say insurance claims fraud cheated them out of tens of thousands of dollars.


Raid on Engineering Firm Suspected of Undercutting Sandy Homeowners

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Investigators for New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman raided the headquarters of a Long Island firm that allegedly falsified damage assessments for homes flooded by Sandy.

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Why Slow Electronic Payments Can Cause Cash Flow Problems

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Electronic messages can circle the globe in an instant, but electronic payments can still take days to complete. This often puts consumers at greater risk of getting hit with late fees.


After Sandy: Insurance Claim Battles Cost Homeowners, Taxpayers

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Over two years after Superstorm Sandy flooded homes in New Jersey and New York, legal battles still rage over insurance claims to repair damage. But insurance companies aren't playing by the rules.