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Top 10 Alabama Consumer Complaints for 2014

Posted: 02/27/2015 - In accordance with National Consumer Protection Week, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange announces the top ten consumer complaints as reported to his office by Alabamians during 2014.

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  • Wall St. falls from records, led by technology stocks

    Traders works on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeNEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks finished down on Tuesday, a day after the S&P and Dow hit records, and the Nasdaq retreated with technology stocks.


  • Pimco CIO Ivascyn says 'late decision-makers' behind withdrawals

    PIMCO-Ivascyn-Dan-Main_cropPimco's top investment officer said on Tuesday that "late decision makers" are largely behind a rush of withdrawals from its flagship bond fund some five months after the departure of longtime manager Bill Gross, but the outflows should taper off before long. Dan Ivascyn, group chief investment officer for Pimco, said in an interview that many institutional investors take months to decide on and execute a reallocation from one fund or firm to another. Ivasycn's comments came as the firm reported another $8.6 billion of outflows in February from the Pimco Total Return Fund, bringing withdrawals to $76.6 billion since Gross moved from Pimco to Janus Capital Group Inc. "Not surprised by the outflows," Ivascyn said by phone from the firm's Newport Beach, California, headquarters.


  • Apple exploring settlement with electric car battery maker

    The leaf on the Apple symbol is tinted green at the Apple flagship store on 5th Ave in New YorkApple is exploring how to make an electric car and has been hiring engineers with deep expertise in automobile systems. Around June 2014 Apple began aggressively poaching A123 engineers tasked with leading some of the company's most critical projects, A123's lawsuit said. Representatives for Apple and A123 could not immediately be reached for comment. A123 filed the breach of contract lawsuit in February against Apple and five former A123 employees.


  • United Airlines expects to use its cash pile to buy aircraft this year

    United Continental Airlines CFO John Rainey speaks during Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit in WashingtonUnited Airlines expects to dip into its cash pile to help fund the purchase of new aircraft this year and rely less on debt financing, reflecting the U.S. airline industry's dramatic financial turnaround, the carrier's Chief Financial Officer John Rainey said in an interview. While cash-rich companies have been under pressure from shareholders to increase dividends, United, the fourth-largest U.S. carrier by market capitalization, has said it is focused on finishing a $1 billion share buyback program and that there are no current plans to restore a dividend. How to efficiently use excess cash is a relatively new issue for U.S. airlines.


  • Springleaf to buy Citi's OneMain to become top U.S. subprime lender

    A Citi sign is seen at the Citigroup stall on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeSpringleaf Holdings Inc said it would buy Citigroup Inc's OneMain Financial Holdings Inc for $4.25 billion in cash, creating the largest subprime lender in the United States. Citigroup has been seeking to hive off OneMain since at least 2011 as part of the No. 3 U.S. bank's plan to sell unwanted assets and focus on wealthier clients. The deal will create a lender with $15 billion in assets and nearly 2,000 branches, serving the large and growing population of non-prime customers in the United States. Springleaf shares soared 38 percent to a record $52.44 on Tuesday.


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