Today's reading, Sept. 6, 2011

Americans' job expectations bleak, growing bleaker, says new survey from Rutgers

What's on my mind: Central Texas wildfires. (Austin American Statesman)

Store cardholders more likely to carry a balance. (American Banker)

Want a free checking account? Yes, you can have one, just skip the big banks.

Harvard comparative study of U.S., world students. "We're No. 32 in math!"

Bankruptcy filings down 11 percent compared to a year ago, but household debt is at a record high relative to disposable income. (American Bankruptcy Institute)

How government-provided bridge loans may help unemployed borrowers meet their mortgage payments.  (New York Federal Reserve Bank)

Consumer protection bureau nominee promises cooperation. (Associated Press via Google News)

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