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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 & Special Reports

CA News Logo Consumer Action INSIDER - September 2015 The September issue of the Consumer Action INSIDER offers information on CFPB activities and updates on coalition efforts and class action lawsuits. It also provides new and improved publications to help consumers shop for and choose the best auto loan (and exercise their rights should their auto purchase prove to be a lemon). In addition, the newsletter features stories on excessive and unfair car rental taxes; charity scams; Consumer Action's upcoming national conference; a fascinating new book on watchdogs and whistleblowers; and Consumer Action's recent homeownership workshop. ( Sunday, August 30, 2015 )

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Recent Publications

A consumer’s guide to ‘chip’ cards

A consumer’s guide to ‘chip’ cards. This publication answers credit and debit card customers’ questions about why the transition to “smartcards" is taking place, how the checkout process will change, what consumer protections they will have and where to get more information about chip cards.

California’s Lemon Law

California’s Lemon Law Protection for new and used car buyers. 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.

A consumer’s guide to choosing a prepaid card

A consumer’s guide to choosing a prepaid card. 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.

The right overdraft protection plan

The right overdraft protection plan A wise choice. Spending more money than is in your checking account can be a costly mistake. This fact sheet presents the consequences of overdrawing your account, the high cost of “courtesy” overdraft coverage, the better overdraft protection plans that exist and tips for avoiding overdrafts altogether.

Student Loan and Education Resource List

Student Loan and Education Resource List. This concise, five-page guide provides resources to help beginning students figure out what their college education financing options are, what they can afford, which schools are worth the cost and how to get the student loan process started. Current and former students can benefit from the sections on loan repayment and what to do if the loan goes into default. The publication includes resources specifically for veterans.

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Recommended Publications

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.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Chronology of Data Breaches Cover Art Chronology of Data Breaches. Privacy Rights Clearinghouse has been tracking breaches since 2005 and publishes a Chronology of Data Breaches.

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