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Are bank tellers the new identity thieves? Former NJ official’s warning

Apparently it's not just the robber in a ski mask you have to fear when entering your neighborhood bank. The "friendly" person behind the counter could be a threat as well.

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NEW YORK - JULY 21: A man operates an automated teller machine at a Bank of America branch bank in midtown Manhattan July 21, 2008 in New York City. Bank of America Corp. reported falling profits of 41-percent to $3.41 billion in their second quarter earnings but nonetheless beating analysts' 54-percent estimates, sending their stock price higher to $30.24 a share in morning trading. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
A man operates an automated teller machine at a Bank of America branch bank in midtown Manhattan July 21, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
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Want to sue your bank? Regulators push to make it easier

If government regulators get their way, it's going to become a lot easier to sue your bank.

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FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2012 file photo, a customer stops at a Bank of America ATM office in Boston. Big banks aren't banking much in the way of profits. Energy loans turning bad, low interest rates and volatile markets are dragging down first quarter results for the nation's biggest banks and making the financial sector the worst performing part of the stock market. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2012 file photo, a customer stops at a Bank of America ATM office in Boston. Big banks aren't banking much in the way of profits. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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Low rates, troubled loans send bank profits lower

2016 is getting off to a lousy start for major U.S. banks. Energy loans are turning bad, low interest rates are making it hard to make profitable loans, and markets have been volatile.

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FILE - In this April 18, 2011 file photo, customers use Wells Fargo Bank ATM machines in Santa Clara, Calif. JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Bank of New York Mellon and State Street were cited Wednesday, April 13, 2016 by the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. for gaps in their bankruptcy plans known as "living wills" that they were required to submit. The five banks were among eight Wall Street behemoths whose plans were evaluated. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
FILE - In this April 18, 2011 file photo, customers use Wells Fargo Bank ATM machines in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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Some big US banks have 6 months shape up plans

Five of the biggest U.S. banks have six months to get their disaster plans in shape. That's the message regulators issued Wednesday after giving the banks failing grades for the strategies they would deploy if they tumbled into bankruptcy.

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ATM at a Bank of America branch in New York
ATM at a Bank of America branch in New York (Spencer Platt, Getty Images)
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US bank earnings jump 11.9 percent in 4Q; loan losses up

The impact of plummeting oil prices has shown up in the financial picture of U.S. banks, whose losses from loans increased for the first time in five and half years, according to new government data.

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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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Fed looks at way to shift big-bank losses to investors

In their latest bid to reduce the chances of future taxpayer bailouts, federal regulators are proposing that the eight biggest U.S. banks build new cushions against losses that would shift the burden to investors.

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Millions more people to get their credit score for free

NEW YORK (AP) -- Millions more people will have free access to their FICO credit score this year. That's good news for consumers, since the number is widely used by lenders to check potential borrowers' financial health.

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An ATM at a Wells Fargo bank, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
An ATM at a Wells Fargo bank, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
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Hacking the banks: Is your money safe anywhere?

NEW YORK (AP) -- Hackers stole personal information from millions of JPMorgan Chase customers this summer, in one of the biggest breaches of a financial company.

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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen attends a Board of Governors meeting at the Federal Reserve in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen attends a Board of Governors meeting at the Federal Reserve in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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Regulators set rules meant to ward off future bank crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal regulators are set to require big banks to keep enough high-quality assets on hand to survive during a severe downturn, the latest move under congressional mandate to lessen the likelihood of another financial meltdown.

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Bank of America Corporate Center in Charlotte, North Carolina
Bank of America Corporate Center in Charlotte, North Carolina (John Adkisson, Getty Images)
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Report: Fewer Folks Using Bank Branches [AUDIO]

How long has it been since you have gone inside your bank or credit union to conduct business? If it's been a while, you are not alone.

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