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Free FICO scores on the way for Citi cardholders

Great news for those of you with Citi credit cards: starting in January, Citigroup will begin giving its credit card customers a free FICO score – the very same one Citi uses to set interest rates. This will give consumers free access to an important tool to better manage their credit. Keeping a good credit […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 | No Comments »

Executive Order Puts Federal Government Ahead Of Many Banks And Retailers In Moving to Chip and PIN

In response to the spate recent data breaches – Home Depot, Kmart and Dairy Queen have all reported breaches in the last month alone – President Obama announced a series of initiatives to improve consumer security on Friday. From a payments safety perspective, the most important is the Executive Order (EO) directing the federal government […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Monday, October 20th, 2014 | No Comments »

CFPB Working for You: Student Loan Help for Volunteers

Do you dream of serving your country as a Peace Corps volunteer, but are worried that you won’t be able to pay back your student loans? The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is here to help. About a quarter of American workers are involved in public service. Many of them have joined the military, volunteered […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Friday, October 17th, 2014 | No Comments »

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 »

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