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Low-income Households Benefit Most from Improving Fuel Economy

Filling up your car’s gas tank is a major monthly expense for a lot of households in the U.S. But new federal rules are hoping to lower the costs of those bills by encouraging automakers to development more fuel efficient cars and trucks. A recent Consumers Union study found that owners can expect to save […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 | No Comments »

Electric Vehicle Momentum Builds Nationwide

Clean cars are no longer just for the future. Many clean vehicles are already in showrooms, and you can expect the pace of new model rollouts to accelerate. Last week, members of the California Air Resources Board met to finalize their their midterm review of fuel efficiency standards for vehicle model years 2022-2025. They also […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Friday, March 31st, 2017 | 2 Comments »

Banks Made Over $30 Billion from Overdraft Fees in 2016

Overdraft fees are a real money-maker for banks. According to the Wall Street Journal, overdraft revenue is up 2.5% to $33 billion since 2015. Overall, in 2016, the top 10 biggest banks made $7.5 billion. These fees are costly for consumers. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has compared overdraft to a short-term loan with […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Thursday, March 30th, 2017 | No Comments »

Clean Power Plan halted: What this means for you

Withdrawing the Clean Power Plan is a mistake that will increase costs for consumers through higher energy and health care bills. The Clean Power Plan requires states to reduce carbon pollution from power plants and encourages investments in energy efficiency and low-cost renewable energy. It is important to note that renewable energy is the fastest […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 | No Comments »

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 | 2 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 | 3 Comments »

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