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Breaking Barriers: Helping Low-to-Moderate Income Families Go Solar

Solar power is a growing industry that provides clean energy and can result in big savings on monthly energy bills. But not everyone can easily reap the benefits of solar power. Low-to-moderate income families struggle with many barriers that prevent them from going solar. Some of these barriers include: Large upfront costs Lack of access […]

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Posted by Danielle Blustein on Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 | 2 Comments »

New Report Finds Automakers Are on Track to meet Higher Fuel Economy Targets

The Obama Administration is moving forward with plans to significantly boost the fuel efficiency of cars and trucks by 2025. Through the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) program, automakers will be required to raise their fleet-wide fuel economy average by about 10 miles per gallon. For consumers, this means that the average efficiency for a […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Thursday, July 21st, 2016 | No Comments »

The CFPB’s 5th Anniversary: 5 Ways The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Helps Consumers

On July 21st, The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is celebrating its five year anniversary! The CFPB was created by Congress during the financial crisis to ensure that consumers are treated fairly in the financial marketplace. Over the years, the CFPB has expanded its role to protect consumers in all financial sectors. Consumers Union advocated […]

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Posted by Danielle Blustein on Thursday, July 21st, 2016 | 1 Comment »

CFPB Fines Santander $10 Million for Tricking Consumers into Overdraft Fees

Overdraft “protection” sounds a lot better than it really is. It’s really just a high cost, short term loan – one recent CPFB report even compared it to a 17,000% APR loan. Recognizing the problems with overdraft, since 2010 the federal government has required banks to get affirmative consent from consumers before signing them up for overdraft fees […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 | No Comments »

Missouri Demands Insurers ‘Show Me’ Evidence for Raising Health Insurance Premiums

Missouri recently enacted the Missouri Health Insurance Rate Transparency Act, which gives the state’s insurance regulator the job of reviewing proposed health insurance rates before consumers get the bill. This process, known as “rate review,” is a key consumer protection required by the Affordable Care Act. This law is an important step in the right […]

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Posted by Dena Mendelsohn on Saturday, July 16th, 2016 | 1 Comment »

What YOU can do to fight climate change!

This past April, the United States signed the Paris Agreement, committing the nation to greatly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Environmental Protections Agency (EPA) released the Clean Power Plan last August, which focuses on ensuring greener power plants. But individual Americans remain unsure about what they can do to combat climate change. A new study […]

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Posted by Danielle Blustein on Thursday, June 30th, 2016 | No Comments »

Does Higher Fuel Economy Lead to Happier Car Owners?

How does fuel economy impact owner satisfaction for cars, trucks and SUVs? Researchers at Consumer Reports decided to look at this question closely to see if a link exists. This sort of analysis is complicated because there are a number of factors that can affect satisfaction levels. For example, having a number of mechanical issues […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 | No Comments »

Survey: Strong Public Support for Improving Fuel Economy In New Vehicles

With gas prices remaining near historic lows and more car buyers opting for mid-size SUVs and crossovers than sedans, do consumers still value fuel economy when making car-buying decisions?  It turns out the answer is very much yes! In fact, according to a new survey published by Consumers Union, a majority of Americans expect their […]

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Posted by Jason Kuruvilla on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 | 2 Comments »

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 »

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