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  • Wednesday, April 10, 2013
    Take Our Survey: Peer-to-Peer Payments »

    Consumer Action is conducting a survey on how consumers use Peer-to-Peer (P2P) payments and online tools designed to facilitate them.

    P2P payments, sometimes called person-to-person payments, allow you to pay someone without cash or a check, even if the recipient can't accept credit or debit cards. For example, electronic P2P payments let you cover your share of a restaurant tab, reimburse a friend for tickets to a movie, or pay your babysitter, housekeeper and other individuals, usually with just a few taps on your smartphone or computer keyboard.

    Help us out by taking the survey. Even if you haven't used peer-to-peer payment tools, you'll have a chance to tell us why you haven't.

    Click here to take the survey.

  • Thursday, January 03, 2013
    Take our online poll: How were you impacted by the CARD Act? »

  • Wednesday, October 31, 2012
    Consumer Action compares credit card comparison sites »

    With the rise of the Internet, comparing credit cards has become a business model for dozens of companies. Card comparison sites make money when consumers click through and apply for a card. Consumer Action looked at 54 sites to determine which ones offer the most useful and complete information to credit card shoppers. To narrow the list, we evaluated them using a checklist of key elements—and 13 met all or most of our criteria.

  • Tuesday, June 26, 2012
    Peer-to-Peer Lending: A new way to borrow »

    Three P2P lending websites—Lending Club, Peerform and Prosper—enable unacquainted borrowers and lenders (called investors) to enter into a loan agreement in any U.S. state where the companies operate. The money to fund the loans is put up by individuals or groups of investors, not banks or credit card companies.

  • Wednesday, April 25, 2012
    NEW! Consumer Action's Prepaid Cards Survey »

    Consumer Action took a look at the market for general purpose reloadable prepaid cards—an alternative to credit and debit cards—and collected our findings in a new survey that examines 28 cards from 11 issuers.

  • Tuesday, August 10, 2010
    Consumer Action weighs in on usefulness of key housing data »

    At an Aug. 5, 2010, hearing about data collected under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA), Consumer Action offered ideas for using this key housing data more effectively to build initiatives around homeownership and housing policy.

  • Wednesday, June 03, 2009
    Looking for a job and finding a scam »

    Finding work in today's economy isn't easy. To make matters worse, some of the millions of Americans going online to find work are, instead, being scammed.

    According to MSN and Marketwatch, some consumers are falling victim to fake job postings that lure an unsuspecting applicant into becoming a "mule" for illegal operations, such as wiring money or shipping stolen merchandise. The job description might sound legitimate, using the words "international wire transfers" or "repackaging merchandise" to attract would-be employees, and some scammers are even setting up fake professional-looking corporate websites for the job posts.

  • Thursday, March 05, 2009
    2009 MoneyWi$e Stipend Program »

    Consumer Action and Capital One are proud to announce the selection of stipend programs for 2009. Seventeen community organizations that attended the MoneyWi$e trainings hosted in Texas and Louisiana will receive financial support from Consumer Action and Capital One to further advance their financial literacy efforts.

  • Thursday, July 24, 2008
    Take MoneyWi$e interactive classes online »

    Consumer Action and Capital One, long-time partners in the MoneyWi$e financial literacy project, have created an online interactive course to help you manage your money.

  • Tuesday, June 10, 2008
    Less driving may mean insurance savings »

    As the price of gasoline tops $4 a gallon nationwide, the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) has released a consumer alert based on its analysis showing that consumers who are driving less could save an average of 5%- 15% on their automobile insurance rates—about $47 to $142.

  • Friday, March 14, 2008
    Financial education for the armed forces »

    Outreach staff members Mikael Wagner and Linda Williams are featured in a video segment about Consumer Action’s MoneyWi$e partnership with Capital One and how important financial literacy is to military families.

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