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Managing Money

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 & Special Reports

CA News Logo Consumer Action INSIDER - September 2018 The September issue features a Hotline Chronicles article about credit card surcharges; a Maryland organization that helps strengthen family finances and economic stability; coverage of an event in Washington, DC, looking at the state of financial reform 10 years after the Grand Recession; and CFPB Watch and new class actions. (Saturday, September 01, 2018)

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Five Recent Publications

Low-income Broadband Plans

Low-income Broadband Plans. The flyers in this package describe programs that offer low-income households more affordable access to the internet. A companion brochure, Getting up to speed: Broadband internet for low-income households, explains the benefits of internet access.

Improving your financial health with FinTech

Improving your financial health with FinTech A beginner’s guide to personal finance apps. Financial technology (FinTech) is the use of modern technology, such as the internet and apps (downloadable mobile software), to develop powerful financial services tools for consumers and businesses. For those who are motivated to improve their finances and dedicated to working toward their goals, FinTech can make the process more convenient, efficient and even rewarding. This guide will introduce you to the types of FinTech tools available and how they can help you. It will also tell you what to consider when choosing an app and how to stay safe when using FinTech.

Micro Business: Preparing for success (Chinese)

Micro Business: Preparing for success (Chinese). 開創一個很小──或是微型──企業,可能會成為日後長期專業化以及財務成功的關鍵。但是由於很多企業無法在開始幾年後繼續維持下去,所以個人想成為一位企業家的決定絕非易事。這本指南對於計劃創業之過程,以及如何達到微型企業成功目標均有詳盡解說,內容包括:成本/盈利估算、資金籌備、確認法律及專業運作所需項目(如保險、簿記、業務建議等等),以及在互聯網營業之相關事宜。
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.

Just Say No to Scams

Just Say No to Scams A guide to protecting yourself from liars, cheats and crooks. Scammers cheat unsuspecting consumers out of millions of dollars each year, but there are ways to avoid becoming a scammer’s next victim. This guide will help consumers understand how crooks reel in their prey, recognize and evade scam attempts, and learn about scam prevention and reporting resources.

Just Say No to Scams (Quick Tips)

Just Say No to Scams (Quick Tips) Quick tips for protecting yourself from fraud. The Just Say No to Scams “quick tips" sheet provides consumers with the basics of recognizing the signs of a scam, understanding how to protect themselves and knowing where they can learn more. Formatted as a two-sided black-and-white publication, the tip sheet is easy and economical for community educators to print and distribute.

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Recommended Publications

Friday, January 05, 2018

Mortgage loan relief for disaster victims. The National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) has produced a guide to assist those helping homeowners struggling after a hurricane, flood, fire or other natural disaster.

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.

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