BURR RIDGE, Ill., Oct. 31, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — BankFinancial Corporation (Nasdaq:BFIN) announced that its Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.03 per common share. The dividend will be payable on December5, 2014 to stockholders of record on November19, 2014.

BankFinancial Corporation is the holding company for BankFinancial, FSB., a full-service, community-oriented bank providing financial services to individuals, families and businesses through 19 full-service banking offices, located in Cook, DuPage, Lake and Will Counties, Illinois.At September30, 2014, BankFinancial had total assets of $1.421 billion, total loans of $1.134 billion, total deposits of $1.218...

Complaints over private student loans jumped 38 percent over the past year, with most gripes focused around a lack of repayment options and inflexibility by lenders.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said it received 5,300 private-loan complaints over the 12 months ending Sept. 30. Complaints werent broken down by states or metro areas, although some of the largest private-loan lenders operate in Arizona.

We are hearing from consumers that they are driven into default because private student-loan companies are not providing concrete loan-modification options, said the CFPBs director, Richard Cordray, in a statement.

Struggling private student loan borrowers are finding...

Student loan qualification made easier.

Borrowing money to pay for college is a given for many families. One obstacle, however, has been creditworthiness or what determines your ability to repay your student loans. Federal PLUS loans are available to parents of undergraduates students or directly to students pursuing a graduate or a professional degree. Direct PLUS loans are provided by the US Department of Education and are for eligible students attending schools participating in its Direct Loan Program. That program was recently updated, making more students eligible to receive such loans.

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With federal PLUS loans, the US Department of Education is the lender....

VOLKSWAGEN Financial Services have announced its £10 billion portfolio, which makes it Europe’s biggest automotive financial services company.

60 per cent of Volkswagen Group individual new car sales are financed by VFS, which represents a group growth of 40 per cent over the last two years.

Volkswagen Financial Services are a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen Financial Services AG, providing finance, leasing and insurance on used and new car sales across their Group Brand UK dealerships.

During the last four years Volkswagen Financial Services’ insurance and funding cases have more than doubled, following in-line with the group’s vehicle brand.

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SAN DIEGO San Diego County could be hit by an earthquake at anytime, but funding cuts could shut off 21 earthquake warning sensors along the fault zones and five monitoring stations.

Scripps Institute seismologist Dr. Luciana Astiz said the information provided by the early warning system is critical to public safety.

Seconds count. Were basically short-cutting ourselves in the time and in how much time wed have to react, said Dr. Astiz. We know a major earthquake could hit San Diego in the next 30 years, where and when would be information we could give the public through these sensors.

Scripps operates two earthquake monitoring programs in San Diego and both are at risk...

Patterson-UTI Energy Announces Completion of Previously Announced Pressure Pumping Acquisition

October 20, 2014: 04:10 PM ET

HOUSTON, Oct. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — PATTERSON-UTI ENERGY, INC. (NASDAQ: PTEN) today announced that one of its subsidiaries has completed the previously announced acquisition of the Texas-based pressure pumping assets of a privately held company.  The acquisition included 148,250 horsepower of hydraulic fracturing equipment and provides Patterson-UTI with two additional bases of operations and employees to support customer activity in

KAR Auction Services, Inc. to Announce Third Quarter 2014 Earnings

October 21, 2014: 08:30 AM ET

KAR Auction Services, Inc. (NYSE: KAR) announced today that it will be releasing its third quarter 2014 earnings on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

KAR Auction Services, Inc. will also be hosting an earnings conference call and webcast on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern (10:00 a.m. Central). The call will be hosted by KAR Auction Services, Inc.’s Chief Executive Officer, Jim Hallett and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Eric Loughmiller. The conference call may be accessed by calling 1-888-389-5987 and entering participant passcode...

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On October 22, 2014, the CFPB announced that it would permit refunds of excessive fees (with interest) within 210 days after loan closing for qualified mortgages. The provision expires in January 2021 and requires lenders to adopt procedures for monitoring the points and fees charged.

The CFPBs qualified mortgage standards require that the points and fees on so-calledqualified mortgages be capped at 3 percent, but there was no vehicle in the rules enacted in January of this year for a refund of fees exceeding the cap. Qualified mortgages have a maximum 43 percentdebt-to-income ratio and restrict balloon payments and alternative interest rate loans. So-calledqualified...

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Something strange is going on over at Cash Money Records. Jay Seanhas decided to leave the label on the heels of drama with Tygaand Busta Rhymess departure months prior. Mystikalhas also expressed his dismay,saying his deal with the label is not gonna work.

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According to XXL, the British singer decided to leave the label after six years and three album releases. Unlike the ongoing feud with Tyga, Sean says his split was amicable.

I had and still maintain a great relationship with Slim...

CARACAS Oct 26 (Reuters) – Venezuela has ruled out the sale
of state oil company PDVSAs US refining
subsidiary Citgo Petroleum, Finance Minister Rodolfo
Marco said in an interview published in local media on Sunday.

He also said the OPEC country was working on the issues of a
gasoline price adjustment and a unification of exchange rates,
but stressed the final decision lies with President Nicolas
Maduro.

The countrys reserve fund will have $4 billion by December,
the minister also said, according to newspaper El Universal.

(Reporting by Andrew Cawthorne; Writing by Alexandra Ulmer;
Editing by Greg Mahlich)