Tag Archives: FMCI

Lead Paint in Housing

Was your home built before 1978? If so, there’s a chance that it contains some lead paint. The Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that roughly 35 percent of U.S. homes contain some lead-based paint. So, what does this … Continue reading

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Understanding Derivatives One Swap at a Time

Did you ever agree to swap your PB&J sandwich for your friend’s bologna sandwich? If so, you did a nonfinancial swap. Since the 1980s, bankers have applied that basic concept to create financial contracts to swap a wide range of … Continue reading

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Banking at the Border, Money Laundering, and “Derisking”

Banks are an important line of defense for fighting financial crimes. Banks and other financial institutions are subject to the Bank Secrecy Act, which helps federal law enforcement detect and deter the use of financial institutions for money laundering and … Continue reading

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What You Should Know About Event Ticketing

Buying tickets to see your favorite band can be a frustrating experience. Tickets often sell out quickly, only to appear soon after on resale sites at high prices. And when you buy your tickets, you may be hit with high … Continue reading

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Personal Information, Private Companies

The recent Congressional hearings on Facebook have highlighted the ways that companies collect and use personal information for marketing purposes.  So, what rights do you have to your own information? Our 2013 report on information resellers remains relevant today. Information … Continue reading

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What You Need to Know about Mortgages and Equity

Ah, springtime: when “for sale” signs start popping up with the daffodils and crocuses! Before you call your real estate agent, you might want to read up on some of the more technical aspects of homebuying—like exactly what homeownership can … Continue reading

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It’s 10 PM–Do You Know Where Your Financial Data Is?

Advancements in technology like the Internet and smartphones are changing how we pay, borrow, and invest. Financial technology (a.k.a. fintech) products—including payments, lending, wealth management, and others—generally provide benefits to consumers, such as convenience and lower costs. But there are risks … Continue reading

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What Does It Take to Work on Wall Street?

Is the financial field still a “boys only” club? And who has the skills and credentials to work on Wall Street? Today’s WatchBlog explores these questions and our recent report on the management-level representation of women and minorities and diversity … Continue reading

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What Are You Doing this Pi Day?

Hanging out with us on 3/14? Sweet! How do you like to eat your pie? Crust-first? With whipped cream? As you enjoy your slice of pie on Pi Day, join us as we take a look at some of our … Continue reading

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Watching Out for Synthetic Identity Fraud

As real WatchBlog fans know, over the years we’ve covered identity theft issues for a few reasons: Federal information systems often contain information that can be used to steal identities and commit fraud, so we’ve looked at cybersecurity and other … Continue reading

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