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No-Merger Contest: We have a winner! (Three of them, in fact)

As part of our “Stop the Comcast Mega-Merger” campaign, we invited our most active online advocates to put their organizing skills to the test. The challenge: Five weeks to collect as many written comments as possible opposing the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. Contestants were placed into one of three categories depending on how many comment […]

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Posted by Michael McCauley on Friday, November 21st, 2014 | No Comments »


Don’t Let Comcast Break the Internet!

At a time when celebrities are trying to break the Internet with their latest publicity stunts, there’s a much more serious threat to life as we know it online. Our ability to access the web sites and online content we choose at an affordable price without interference by Internet service providers is under attack.   That’s […]

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Posted by Michael McCauley on Thursday, November 20th, 2014 | No Comments »


Time Well Spent: Picking the Right Health Plan for 2015

Picking a health insurance plan should be a part of everyone’s annual healthcare routine. Consumers Union can help make this hard decision easier. We have three tips to help you ask the right questions when choosing the health plan that’s best for you. Do you want to renew your current health plan or make a […]

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Posted by Dena Mendelsohn on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 | 1 Comment »


Bring your credit reporting questions to San Francisco’s Art of Financial Well-Being event

Have you ever wondered why you keep making smart financial decisions, yet your credit score stays the same? Or what to do if you, like one in five Americans, have an error on your credit report? I can answer those questions. This Sunday, I’ll be at the Art of Financial Well-Being Resource Fair, at San […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Friday, November 14th, 2014 | No Comments »


Californians: It’s that time of year again

Dreading shopping for health insurance? You’re not alone – research shows most people do. But picking the right health insurance plan for your or your family could be the most important decision you make this year – healthcare is the second biggest expense, after housing, for most families. Open enrollment this year is November 15th, […]

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Posted by Geraldine Slevin on Friday, November 14th, 2014 | No Comments »


Meet Consumers Union experts at the Art of Financial Well-Being Resource Fair

Join us this Sunday as Consumers Union anti-scam experts Maureen Mahoney and Christina Tetreault table at the Art of Financial Well-Being Resource Fair. This free event is at San Francisco’s Jewish Community Center (JCCSF, located at 3200 California Street in San Francisco) from 11 to 3. Find out how to avoid “Gimmicks and Gotchas.” We’ve […]

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Posted by Christina Tetreault on Thursday, November 13th, 2014 | No Comments »


Deputy Treasury Secretary calls for better student loan servicing

Student loan borrowers know all too well how tough it can be to get information or resolve issues with servicers that manage their loans after they leave school. Turns out, the Treasury Department is listening. In a speech given last week at the annual National Consumer Law Center conference, Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 | No Comments »


Consumer Reports Releases 2014 Prepaid Card Ratings

Prepaid cards have rapidly become essential plastic. General purpose reloadable prepaid cards look and work like bank debit cards except no bank is required. Moreover, prepaid cards do not come with the federal consumer protections that consumers with bank debit cards enjoy. But consumers are choosing prepaid cards in ever growing numbers. Today, these cards are […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 | No Comments »


Debt Collectors Descend Upon Seniors–Thousands Complain to the CFPB

It seems like seniors are constantly being bombarded by products and practices that try to separate them from their money.  If it’s not another pitch for a reverse mortgage or an insurance product they might not need, it could be a phony debt collector trying to scare someone into paying for a debt they do […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 | No Comments »


AmEx Initiative Is Trying To Make Mobile Payments More Secure

American Express today announced the creation of American Express Token Service, to help card issuers, retailers and others in payments to support tokenization, a more secure mobile payment technology. In payments, a token is a bunch of numbers that stand in for a consumer’s payment account information. When tokenization is in place, the token – […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 | No Comments »


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