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New Progress Toward Credit Accuracy and Transparency

The last couple of weeks have seen a whirlwind of activity relating to credit reports and scores. Significantly, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) introduced legislation that would go a long way to improve credit reporting accuracy – and would guarantee consumers a free credit score! Having free, reliable, and comprehensive information about your credit history is […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 | No Comments »


What Does Marketplace Lending Mean For Consumers?

Online lending platforms, termed marketplace lenders, are a growing trend in the financial services industry. Marketplace lenders bring together lenders and borrowers using online lending platforms, which automate much of the loan process. This automation, and the lack of physical infrastructure, allows marketplace lenders to approve loans quickly, and often with lower rates than one […]

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Posted by Jay Lotz on Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 | No Comments »


Regulators Examine Fintech

Last week we wrote about tech companies that are looking to transform the financial services industry by creating websites and apps that provide an array of financial services. Because of their potential to disrupt the financial services industry and change the financial services landscape for consumers everywhere, these so-called fintech companies are drawing increased attention […]

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Posted by Jay Lotz on Thursday, May 26th, 2016 | No Comments »


5 Reasons Why QR Codes Aren’t the Answer For GMO Labeling

On July 1, Vermont’s law requiring labeling of GMO (genetically modified) foods goes into effect. Already, you see the words “produced with genetic engineering” on the labels of a few foods, such as M&M’s and Lay’s Potato Chips. Yet the fight to prevent mandatory GMO labeling continues in the U.S. Senate. Some Senators support mandatory […]

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Posted by Jean Halloran on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 | 15 Comments »


Want a loan? Pick up your phone

Financial technology–or fintech–companies are springing up everywhere these days. Fintech companies are generally startups, creating websites and apps designed to compete with the big banks across a wide range of financial products and services. Apps now exist to facilitate lending and borrowing, transfers and payments, stock trading, currency exchange, crowdfunding, and more. Thousands of fintech […]

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Posted by Jay Lotz on Monday, May 16th, 2016 | 7 Comments »


Are you breathing dirty air?

More than half of all Americans (52.1%) live with harmful levels of air pollution, according to the 2016 State of the Air report issued by the American Lung Association. However, the report also found that stronger standards for pollutants and for the sources of pollution have resulted in a continued reduction in ozone and particle pollution as […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Thursday, April 21st, 2016 | 3 Comments »


Doctor on probation left patient with more than just scars

Physicians are seen as trusting figures, but would you trust them to tell you the entire truth? KCRA News in Sacramento, CA recently interviewed Tina Minasian, a Consumers Union activist, to share her story about a doctor on probation. Doctors are put on probation by the Medical Board for a number of offenses, including repeated gross […]

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Posted by Zanira Ghulamhussain on Friday, April 8th, 2016 | 1 Comment »


Consumer Reports sheds light on doctors on probation

Oftentimes when patients are on the hunt for a doctor they typically use a search engine for a good doctor nearby or ask a family member or a friend. It doesn’t occur to most people to check if a doctor is on probation  because there is still a societal trust that the doctor will take […]

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Posted by Zanira Ghulamhussain on Friday, April 1st, 2016 | 5 Comments »


Victims of Data Breaches Involving SSNs & Bank Account Information Should Take Extra Precautions

In the wake of the massive data breach at Target in late 2014, much of our advice to victims focused on steps you can take to limit fraudsters from stealing from your existing accounts. Recently, there have been a number of high-profile attacks where the information stolen wasn’t payment card numbers, but rather social security […]

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Posted by Christina Tetreault on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 | 1 Comment »


SCAM ALERT: When “Working-from-Home” Doesn’t Work Out

Each year, millions of Americans are tempted by work from home advertisements. Sometimes, the luring promise of getting money with little effort – as these ads promise – is just too enticing to resist. Why do folks fall for these scams? Because the scammers are very persuasive. A recent podcast from NPR’s “Planet Money” detailed the […]

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Posted by Madeleine Anderson on Monday, February 29th, 2016 | 1 Comment »


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