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  • CFPB rules protect all Americans from financial gouging. At stake in a series of recent court rulings is the independence of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency designed to protect everyday Americans from abusive practices in the financial marketplace. Since its creation…
  • For holiday gift-giving, cash is king. The pressure and expectations that you perfect-gifting people create make it hard for the rest of us. It’s why we untalented gift-givers end up buying ugly sweaters, singing-fish wall plaques and Chia pets. If we…
  • It’s about to get harder to suppress negative reviews. Ask any small business owner about their experiences with social review sites like Yelp, Trip Advisor and Angie’s List and most will tell you how valuable those services are for attracting new customers. In fact,…
  • How to stop recurring campaign donations. Clinton lost the election. “I just assumed that the donations would immediately stop,” Hendricks said, not unreasonably. Then came last week’s credit-card payment. Hendricks promptly called the number on her statement for the Hillary Victory…
  • Recent college grads have choices when bills arrive. Students who graduated from college in the spring — and who took out federal student loans to pay for their education — typically face the end of a “no payment” grace period six months later,…
  • As auto lending rises, so do delinquencies. Regulators are airing “significant concern” about the millions of Americans who are falling behind on their car loans, even as auto lending continues to boom at a near record pace.  On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve…


  • Consumer Action INSIDER - December 2016. The December 2016 issue of Consumer Action's monthly newsletter brings you news of our updated debt collection resources, explains why you might need earthquake insurance, fills you in on our 45th anniversary celebration, offers advice on what to do when confronted with restocking fees, and more.
  • AT&T just unveiled its answer to the cord-cutting wars. AT&T on Monday unveiled its long-awaited answer to the increasingly competitive marketplace for online streaming video. Known as DirecTV Now, AT&T's new service promises to be a comprehensive solution for consumers looking to buy a cable-like…
  • Holiday scams can put the boo-hoo in your ho-ho-ho. As the Black Friday shopping spree spilled over into Cyber Monday, the FBI warned consumers to watch out for “increasingly aggressive and creative scams” that will make your holidays considerably less merry and bright.
  • When having insurance still leaves you dangerously uncovered. While more Americans are insured, many are still underinsured — meaning that they are exposed to significant financial risk from out-of-pocket payments. Reducing out-of-pocket spending, however, will require some trade-offs. No easy solution exists, but…

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