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Managing Money (www.managing-money.org) is a financial literacy clearinghouse featuring Consumer Action’s award-winning multilingual educational materials, headline news on personal finance topics and recommended publications created by other organizations and government agencies. The materials focus on financial services, sound financial planning and debt management, saving for emergencies and retirement and how to avoid frauds and scams.
 
 

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CA News Logo Consumer Action INSIDER - September 2017 The September 2017 issue of Consumer Action's monthly newsletter introduces readers to a housing agency that's using Consumer Action's free resources to help clients; provides information on a California bill that would protect consumers in the event of another Wells Fargo-type scandal; details how the FTC is fighting robocalls; offers detailed information on our upcoming National Consumer Empowerment Conference; and more. (Thursday, August 31, 2017)

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Five Recent Publications

Micro business: Preparing for success

Micro business: Preparing for success. Starting a very small—or micro—business can be the key to long-term professional and financial success. But since many businesses do not make it past the first few years, becoming an entrepreneur is not a decision to make lightly. This guide explains the process of planning and launching a micro business, from estimating costs/earnings and finding funding to identifying legal and professional needs (insurance, bookkeeping, business advice, etc.) and doing business on the internet.

Personal bankruptcy: Your financial fresh start

Personal bankruptcy: Your financial fresh start. Bankruptcy can offer a financial fresh start for consumers overwhelmed by debt, but there is a lot to know about the process and potential consequences before a decision to file can be made. This guide explains the differences between the two types of personal bankruptcy, what is required of filers, what happens to debts and assets, alternatives to consider, the general legal process, and where to find assistance and more information.

Insuring yourself in the ‘sharing economy’ (Vietnamese)

Insuring yourself in the ‘sharing economy’ (Vietnamese). Nền “kinh tế trao đổi” có thể giúp cho quý vị có nhiều cách kiếm tiền mới, nhưng cũng giống như bất kỳ các nghề buôn bán hay nghề tự do nào khác, nó có các vấn đề về bảo hiểm quý vị nên để ý tới. Ấn bản này giải thích các rủi ro tiềm ẩn liên hệ đến từng loại “trao đổi,” các bảo hiểm nào thường được cung cấp bởi “mặt bằng” liên đới tới người tiêu dùng, bảo hiểm cá nhân của quý vị có thể không đủ bảo vệ ra sao, các lựa chọn nào khác để bảo vệ quý vị hoàn toàn, và tìm thêm nguồn hướng dẫn và trợ giúp ở đâu. 
The "sharing economy" can offer you new ways to earn, but, as with any business or self-employment venture, there are insurance issues to consider. This publication explains the potential risks associated with each type of "sharing," what protection is typically available from the "platforms" that connect users, how your personal insurance may fall short, what your options are for full protection, and where to get more information.

Insuring yourself in the ‘sharing economy’ (Korean)

Insuring yourself in the ‘sharing economy’ (Korean). "공유 경제"는 수입을 벌어들이는 새로운 방법을 제공하지만 모든 사업 또는 자영업과 같이 고려해야할 보험 문제가 있습니다. 이 안내서는 각각의 "공유 경제" 유형과 관련된 잠재적인 위험들, 사용자들을 연결시켜 주는 "플랫폼들"이 일반적으로 제공하는 보험들, 개인 보험이 충분하지 않을 수 있는 이유 그리고 추가 정보를 얻을 수 있는 곳 등에 대해 설명하고 았습니다.
The "sharing economy" can offer you new ways to earn, but, as with any business or self-employment venture, there are insurance issues to consider. This publication explains the potential risks associated with each type of "sharing," what protection is typically available from the "platforms" that connect users, how your personal insurance may fall short, what your options are for full protection, and where to get more information.

California’s Lemon Law (Chinese)

California’s Lemon Law (Chinese) Protection for new and used car buyers. 這本有關新車和二手車買主的加州保護法手冊將詳述州立檸檬法如何運作,涵蓋哪些車輛,以及大多數汽車經銷商採用的仲裁方案,以及加州的消費者應如何索償。
This fact sheet about California’s protections for new and used car buyers explains how the state Lemon Law works, which vehicles are covered, the arbitration programs used by most car dealers and how consumers can pursue a claim in California.

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Recommended Publications

Friday, September 23, 2016

Spanish-English glossary of real estate terms. A new Spanish-English glossary of commonly used real estate terms has been released to help real estate agents and brokers make the home buying process more manageable for consumers who seek to better understand the complexities of a mortgage transaction in Spanish. The glossary offers both formal and colloquial translations of key mortgage terms.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

2016 Car Insurance & Credit Scores Report by WalletHub Cover Art 2016 Car Insurance & Credit Scores Report by WalletHub. The WalletHub study gives us information on the connection between credit scores and car insurance.

Friday, September 04, 2015

CFPB Monthly Complaint Report: Credit Reporting Issues. Complaint reports from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) focus on a different issue each month providing a snapshot of complaint trends by type, state and company, and highlight actual complaints reported by consumers.

Friday, January 23, 2015

California Lifeline carrier search tool. The California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) has a multilingual tool that enables consumers to search for California LifeLine service providers.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Owning a Home Cover Art Owning a Home. Designed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Owning a Home features an interactive, online set of resources and tools to help borrowers.

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