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In this section called "On Our Radar," Consumer Action shares thought-provoking and informative issues on a variety of topics. You can add your thoughts and comments.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The issues presented in "On Our Radar" and the comments of our guests do not necessarily state or reflect the views of Consumer Action.

 

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Senator Elizabeth Warren calls on consumers to stand up for the CFPB
Hear a call with Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) reminding consumers of the progress that's been made by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and seeking grassroots support to keep the agency strong and independent.

Finding private refinancing options for student loans
Whether you're ready to tackle your student loan debt or feeling overwhelmed by your repayment options, you have choices. A new tool by Consumer Affairs helps borrowers review the private student loan consolidation options available to them in today's market.

Overdraft fees are big business for big banks
Frustrated by overdraft fees charged by your bank? You're not alone. A new report filed by U.S. PIRG Education Fund explains how overdraft fees result in billions in revenue for financial institutions across the country. Is your bank on the list of the worst offenders?

A guide to personal injury lawsuits (and their benefits)
The Center for Justice & Democracy’s new study on personal injury (or “tort”) lawsuits shows how they benefit not only the consumers who win the suits, but the general public.

Protect your privacy when making mobile payments
The Consumer Federation of America has released new tips on how to protect your privacy and security when making mobile payments.

Avoiding fraud, cyber threats when banking
The FDIC has released new materials to help bank customers reduce their vulnerability to computer related crimes.

Communities are losing millions to predatory lenders
A new website reveals how much money communities are losing to predatory lenders each day that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) delays taking action to rein them in.

How safe are your savings?
Investors will continue to be preyed upon as long as brokers, banks and insurers are allowed to place profits above the best interests of their clients, finds a new report by Demos.

Recent changes in reverse mortgages impact older homeowners
Consumers have more choice in reverse mortgages, but these loans are generally more expensive and more complicated, finds a new study by the AARP Public Policy Institute.

Groups release joint principles on prepaid payroll cards
Two national consumer groups work with industry to develop joint principles on payroll cards, a type of prepaid card used for distributing wages when workers don't have a bank account to accept direct deposit.

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