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  • The Robocall Scourge (Spring 2019). Robocalling is a huge and growing problem. In this issue of Consumer Action News, we report on why the problem is so pervasive and explain new ways companies, regulators and Congress are trying to address the problem. We also name some services and apps that might help you control the calls.
  • How J.C. Penney and Kohl’s failed middle-aged moms. Like many of its peers, J.C. Penney has failed its most loyal shopper: the middle-aged, middle-income mom of middle America. Analysts say retailers, caught up in a millennial-chasing frenzy, have invested heavily in new
  • 529 Day is almost here. College savings plans in many states are gearing up for their annual “529 Day” on Wednesday, when they offer incentives and promotions to encourage families to open and contribute to the special accounts.
  • The pros and cons of working in retirement. Some people go back to work after retirement because they need the money or want to add some structure or stimulation to their lifestyle. Other workers can’t wait to step off the treadmill
  • There's only one way to stop predatory lending. Perhaps the most obvious lesson from the 2008 financial crisis was the need for stricter supervision of mortgage lending. But it seems that it was not clear enough, because the Trump administration is now proposing to

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