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Consumer Action INSIDER - May 2016 The May issue of the Consumer Action INSIDER offers information on CFPB activities and class action lawsuits as well as updates on coalition activities. This month we also direct you to a valuable tool for measuring your financial health; tell you all about our coast-to-coast trainings on IP phone transitions and prepaid cards; detail one consumer’s battle with the rental car industry; and outline some new California initiatives that could have big impacts on consumers. (Monday, May 02, 2016)

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Insurance Checkup

Library: English | Insurance Checkup Assessing and adjusting your coverage  Staying adequately insured means reassessing your coverage each year and adjusting it in response to specific life events. This Insurance Checkup fact sheet explains why it’s important to revisit your insurance policies regularly, lists specific life events that typically warrant a change in coverage, provides tips and tools for managing your insurance and offers links to resources where you can learn more. Category: Automobiles Housing Housing Insurance Insurance Medical/Healthcare on Apr 26, 2016

Money Management 1-2-3: THREE: Planning a Secure Future

Library: English | Money Management 1-2-3: THREE: Planning a Secure Future  The “Money Management 1-2-3: Be Smart About Money All Your Life” series focuses on basic money management skills at the beginner, intermediate and advanced level. Part three, Planning a Secure Future, focuses on leaving the workforce, funding your retirement and protecting what you've accumulated. Topics include tapping your investments and home equity, staying adequately insured, managing medical expenses, the basics of estate planning and, for some grandparents, raising a second family. Category: Money Management Mortgages on Apr 05, 2016

Money Management 1-2-3: TWO: Achieving Financial Goals

Library: English | Money Management 1-2-3: TWO: Achieving Financial Goals  The “Money Management 1-2-3: Be Smart About Money All Your Life” series focuses on basic money management skills at the beginner, intermediate and advanced level. Part two, Achieving Financial Goals, addresses updating your budget, accumulating a nest egg and protecting your assets. Topics include budgeting and debt management, filing your tax returns, saving and investing, homeownership and insurance. Category: Money Management Mortgages on Apr 05, 2016

Money Management 1-2-3: ONE: Getting a Strong Start

Library: English | Money Management 1-2-3: ONE: Getting a Strong Start  The “Money Management 1-2-3: Be Smart About Money All Your Life” series focuses on basic money management skills at the beginner, intermediate and advanced level. Part one, Getting a Strong Start, addresses how to manage your income, use credit wisely and live within your means. Topics include understanding your pay stub, creating a budget, setting up bank accounts, establishing and building good credit and managing student loans. Category: Money Management Mortgages on Apr 05, 2016

What you need to know about ‘alternative’ mortgage lenders

Library: English | What you need to know about ‘alternative’ mortgage lenders  Nearly 50 percent of all home loans are made by mortgage lenders that are not banks. Non-bank mortgages offer benefits for many borrowers—if they know which loan terms to look for and which to steer clear of. In addition to highlighting potentially risky loan terms to avoid, this fact sheet explains the consumer protection requirements lenders must meet and offers tips and resources for homebuyers shopping for a mortgage. Category: Housing Buying a Home Home Financing on Mar 21, 2016

What’s not to ‘Like’?

Library: English | What’s not to ‘Like’? Protecting your privacy on social media  Online sharing is a hugely popular pastime. This publication presents the potential risks of oversharing on social media and provides specific tips and tools for participating in social networks while also protecting your privacy and staying safe online. Category: Internet Privacy Rights on Mar 11, 2016

Watch out! Online video and your privacy

Library: English | Watch out! Online video and your privacy  While consumers now have many more options for how, where and when they watch video, they also face new risks to their personal privacy. This publication makes viewers aware of the privacy issues raised by video streaming and video sharing technology as well as what they can do to protect themselves. Category: Internet Privacy Rights on Mar 11, 2016

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

Library: 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. Filed Under: Banking Credit Cards Money Management Prepaid Cards on Feb 04, 2016

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