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Take Action: Tell the DOL to Protect Your Retirement Security Without Delay

Here’s your chance to help protect your retirement security, and that of millions of Americans. Tell the Department of Labor (DOL) that you want financial advisors to be required to give advice that’s in YOUR best interest. Nearly a year ago, the Department of Labor finalized the Fiduciary Rule establishing these common-sense protections for consumers. […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 | No Comments »

Banking Interests Target the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

The sharks are circling around the Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPB), the consumer watchdog that was created to defend consumers – and protect the economy – in the wake of the financial crash of the late 2000’s. In the last few weeks, we’ve seen a flurry of bills that seek to disempower or even abolish […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 | No Comments »

Electric Vehicles Are Poised for Big Growth, if Automakers Step Up to Meet Demand

Consumer interest in electric vehicles (EVs) is starting to pick up speed. EV sales hit a new record in 2016, up 37% from 2015 and sales in January were a whopping 70% higher than sales in Jan 2016. New models, lower costs, longer driving ranges and expanding charging infrastructure combine to make EVs more accessible […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 | No Comments »

CFPB Orders Millions Returned to Consumers Over Rush Card Fiasco

Thanks to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, customers of RushCard, the prepaid debit card, will get some much-needed relief after a massive breakdown in October 2015 that left tens of thousands of consumers unable to access their own money. The consumer watchdog ordered RushCard to return $10 million to consumers for what they called a […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 | No Comments »

Record Sales of EVs in 2016 Point to Bigger Year Ahead

Electric vehicles seem poised for a big year in 2017. New data out show that EVs hit a sales record last year, with nearly 160,000 electric vehicles sold. According to Inside EVs, which tracks monthly sales of EVs, sales strengthened over the year, culminating with nearly 25,000 EVs sold in December alone, a record for […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 | No Comments »

Consumer Watchdog Goes After TCF Bank for Dicey Overdraft Practices

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is fighting for you. Last week, the consumer watchdog sued TCF Bank for tricking consumers into pricey overdraft fees. These fees are outrageous – TCF charged about $35 for an overdraft, even if the charge was for a $5 coffee! This latest enforcement effort shows just how crucial the […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 | 2 Comments »

New Report Sheds Light on What’s Driving Up Automotive Prices

Hint: It’s not Fuel Economy standards Improving fuel economy saves consumers thousands of dollars at the pump and offers more choice of vehicles to fit their needs. But automakers and their industry lobbyists have been fighting progress on fuel economy by arguing that improving fuel efficiency makes their vehicles unaffordable for consumers. A new report […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Thursday, January 12th, 2017 | No Comments »

CFPB Calls Out Two Credit Bureaus for Tricky Credit Score Sales

Consumers know that it’s important to have good credit reports and scores. However, some companies have taken advantage of these concerns and have marketed costly and sometimes worthless scores to consumers. This week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) cracked down on Equifax and TransUnion, two of the “big three” credit bureaus, for allegedly misleading customers […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 | No Comments »

Green Your Ride – Steps to a more Fuel Efficient You in 2017

Want to make a resolution this New Year that saves money and helps the environment? Improving vehicle fuel efficiency can help you avoid time at the gas station and keep more money in your pocket. Below are several ideas, ranging from small to big steps, you can take to reduce fuel consumption: Quick Fixes: 5 […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 | No Comments »

New England Journal of Medicine’s research shows that Surprise Medical Bills are a nationwide problem

New research findings from the New England Journal of Medicine found that one out of five patients being seen at an emergency room in an in-network hospital is seen by an out-of-network doctor. This comes as no surprise to Consumers Union. We have been hearing heartbreaking out-of-network stories from members across the country for more […]

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Posted by Kimberly Fountain on Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 | 2 Comments »

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