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Second “climate credit” on consumer energy bills coming soon

California’s climate change and clean energy law is giving households some extra money in their pockets this fall reports Chris Clarke of KCET Los Angeles. The credit is a benefit of California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, or AB 32, of which Consumers Union has been a strong proponent.  The state’s greenhouse gas cap-and-trade […]

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Posted by Stephen Hannah on Thursday, October 16th, 2014 | No Comments »

Out For Their Piece Of The Pie?

The Most Important Thing You Need To Know About Apple Pay (And Any Other Mobile Wallet) American consumers make 73 payments a month, on average – and Apple, maker of the uber-popular iPhone, wants a piece of the action. That’s why Apple is launching its own mobile wallet Apple Pay on Monday October 20. Apple […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Thursday, October 16th, 2014 | No Comments »

CFPB Says Consumers with Private Student Loans Can’t Get a Break

The sticker price for going to college just keeps getting bigger these days – sometimes, even exhausting your options for federal grants and student loans won’t cover it.  So some students have to turn to private loans – from banks, or big firms like Sallie Mae, to make up the difference.  But those loans are […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Thursday, October 16th, 2014 | No Comments »

Learn to spot, stop, and prevent financial harm

Long considered a taboo subject, several high-profile incidents of elder financial abuse have brought this problem to the public’s attention over the last few years. Movie star Mickey Rooney raised awareness about the issue after his stepson and his stepson’s wife were sued for stealing from him. The son of philanthropist Brooke Astor made headlines […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Friday, October 10th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Richmond’s Prepaid Card: Consumers May Do Better Elsewhere

Last week, the city of Richmond, California, launched an identification card that comes with an optional prepaid card feature. It’s run by the same company behind the Oakland City ID-prepaid card hybrid that launched last year. We were critical of the original Oakland ID-prepaid card because the prepaid card was loaded with fees, making it […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Thursday, October 9th, 2014 | No Comments »

Good News for Consumers: Fuel Economy Continues Upward March

Today, EPA released its annual fuel economy trends report and there’s lots of good news.  Fuel economy for 2013 cars and trucks hit an all-time high: 24.1 mpg, up .5 mpg from 2012 and building upon improving fuel economy for 8 of the last 9 years.   And while vehicles have gotten slightly heavier and […]

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Posted by Shannon Baker-Branstetter on Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 | No Comments »

Bank Fees Ascend to Record Highs

Another year, another disappointing result from Bankrate’s annual bank survey: several fees are continuing to creep up to record highs. According to the AP, Bankrate found that both out-of-network ATM fees and overdraft fees are up yet again this year. The average overdraft fee is up 1.7% from last year, to $32.74. In comparison, last […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 | No Comments »

New report shows that GMO labeling is a good deal for consumers

by Maureen Mahoney What’s $2.30? It’s less than the cost of a birthday card. It’s about the cost of a tube of toothpaste. And, according to a new study, it’s the median yearly increase​ per consumer in the price of food if Oregon approves GMO labeling. That’s less than one cent each day! Consumers Union asked the independent […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 | No Comments »

Comcast Vows to Fix Customer Service. We’re Not Holding Our Breath.

One of the reasons the Comcast – Time Warner Cable merger has prompted so much public opposition is that both companies have terrible track records when it comes to customer service.  Most people — us included — don’t think things will get better if the merger gets OKed. Survey after survey has rated both companies […]

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Posted by jlebkowsky on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 | No Comments »

Victory! California Governor Signs Reverse Mortgage Protection Bill, AB 1700 (Medina)

Today California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1700 (Medina), a first-in-the nation bill, that will put important information in the hands of Californians while they are considering a reverse mortgage.  Ensuring a fair reverse mortgage marketplace is a Consumers Union priority.  We are very pleased to share this good news with you. If you’ve been […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 | No Comments »

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