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Managing Money ( 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 - February 2016 The February issue of Consumer Action INSIDER offers information on CFPB activities and class action lawsuits as well as updates on coalition activities (with highlights on our recent work to keep health care competitive, oppose bad changes to the Lifeline phone subsidy program, and fight for postal banking). This month we also give you the rundown on our FY 2015 annual report; tell you how one consumer fought an invalid “credit card minimum” requirement; offer our take on The Big Short movie (in theaters now); and provide advice on building a good credit score and getting the most from the Earned Income Tax Credit (just in time for tax season). ( Monday, February 01, 2016 )

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Five Recent Publications

A consumer’s guide to ‘chip’ cards (Spanish)

A consumer’s guide to ‘chip’ cards (Spanish). Esta publicación responde a preguntas sobre tarjetas de crédito y débito, explicando por qué está ocurriendo el cambio hacia "tarjetas inteligentes” (con chip), cómo cambiará el proceso al pagar por sus compras, las protecciones para el consumidor y dónde obtener más información sobre las tarjetas con chip.

A consumer’s guide to choosing a prepaid card (Spanish)

A consumer’s guide to choosing a prepaid card (Spanish). Una tarjeta prepagada con tarifas bajas, características atractivas y que ofrezca fuertes protecciones para el consumidor puede ser una buena opción para muchos consumidores. Esta publicación le informará sobre cómo comparar sus opciones y elegir la tarjeta prepagada que mejor se ajuste a sus necesidades.

Get Credit for Your Hard Work (2015 Tax Year)

Get Credit for Your Hard Work (2015 Tax Year) Low-income working taxpayers may qualify for the federal EITC. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) helps low-income, working taxpayers and families get more money back when they file their federal income tax return. This publication contains EITC guidelines for the 2015 tax year.

Credit Scores in the U.S.

Credit Scores in the U.S. A guide for students, immigrants and savvy consumers. Establishing credit and building a good credit score is essential, but it can be challenging for consumers who are new to the process, such as students and immigrants. This publication explains what a credit score is, how it is used, how to find out where you stand and what specific steps you can take to build a credit history or improve your score.

A consumer’s guide to choosing a prepaid card (Vietnamese)

A consumer’s guide to choosing a prepaid card (Vietnamese).

Thẻ nạp tiền trước nào có lệ phí thấp cùng với các tính năng tiện dụng và bảo vệ mạnh mẽ quyền của người tiêu thụ có thể là một lựa chọn đúng cho nhiều người tiêu thụ. Ấn bản này sẽ giúp quý vị biết cách so sánh các loại thẻ và chọn thẻ nạp tiền trước tốt nhất cho nhu cầu của quý vị.

A prepaid card that charges low fees, comes with desirable features and offers strong consumer protections can be a good choice for many consumers. This publication will help you learn how to compare your options and choose the best prepaid card for your needs.

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Recommended Publications

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.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Public access online to Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) launched an online tool to provide consumers with easy access to public mortgage information collected under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). The tool enables greater transparency by helping inform people of trends in their local mortgage markets.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Working Cars for Working Families Cover Art Working Cars for Working Families. Working Cars for Working Families is a project of the National Consumer Law Center to help people get good used cars.

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