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Consumer Action INSIDER - September 2017 The September 2017 issue of Consumer Action's monthly newsletter introduces readers to a housing agency that's using Consumer Action's free resources to help clients; provides information on a California bill that would protect consumers in the event of another Wells Fargo-type scandal; details how the FTC is fighting robocalls; offers detailed information on our upcoming National Consumer Empowerment Conference; and more. (Thursday, August 31, 2017)

Investment basics (Fall 2017) Investing is necessary if you want to outpace inflation and achieve long-term financial goals. In the "Investment Basics" issue of Consumer Action News, we offer essential information and resources for understanding and managing the costs of investing, vetting financial advisers, avoiding common investing pitfalls and fine-tuning your investment game. We also report on the status of the fiduciary rule—increased protection for investors that is being resisted by some in the industry and government. (Tuesday, August 22, 2017)

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Recent Publications

Micro business: Preparing for success

Library: English | Micro business: Preparing for success  Starting a very small—or micro—business can be the key to long-term professional and financial success. But since many businesses do not make it past the first few years, becoming an entrepreneur is not a decision to make lightly. This guide explains the process of planning and launching a micro business, from estimating costs/earnings and finding funding to identifying legal and professional needs (insurance, bookkeeping, business advice, etc.) and doing business on the internet. Category: Micro Business on Sep 17, 2017

Fake news: Recognizing and stemming misinformation

Library: English | Fake news: Recognizing and stemming misinformation  Thanks to the internet and social media, misinformation travels much faster than it used to, and it can have serious repercussions. This fact sheet will help consumers evaluate the accuracy of what they read or hear, avoid “fake news” and refrain from spreading false stories. Category: Fraud/Scams Internet on Sep 13, 2017

Personal bankruptcy: Your financial fresh start

Library: English | Personal bankruptcy: Your financial fresh start  Bankruptcy can offer a financial fresh start for consumers overwhelmed by debt, but there is a lot to know about the process and potential consequences before a decision to file can be made. This guide explains the differences between the two types of personal bankruptcy, what is required of filers, what happens to debts and assets, alternatives to consider, the general legal process, and where to find assistance and more information. Category: Bankruptcy on Aug 29, 2017

Time for an insurance checkup (Spanish)

Library: Spanish | Time for an insurance checkup (Spanish)  Para mantener un nivel adecuado de cobertura de seguro, todos los años se le debe reevaluar y ajustar en respuesta a eventos específicos en su vida. Esta hoja informativa para analizar su cobertura explica por qué es importante revisar con regularidad sus pólizas de seguro, enumera los eventos específicos de la vida que por lo general requieren un cambio en la cobertura, ofrece consejos y herramientas para manejar sus seguros y enlaces a recursos donde usted puede obtener más información. Filed Under: Automobiles Housing Housing Insurance Insurance Medical/Healthcare on Aug 10, 2017

Insurance in the ‘sharing economy’ - PowerPoint slides

Library: English | Insurance in the ‘sharing economy’ - PowerPoint slides  This downloadable PowerPoint presentation is designed to be used in conjunction with the “Insuring yourself in the ’sharing economy'” lesson plan. The slides provide a visual component to the training that helps to engage learners and improve retention. Category: Insurance on Aug 03, 2017

Insuring yourself in the ‘sharing economy’ - Seminar lesson plan and class activities

Library: English | Insuring yourself in the ‘sharing economy’ - Seminar lesson plan and class activities  This downloadable packet guides community educators through a two-hour presentation on the insurance needs of consumers who participate in the sharing economy. In addition to the lesson plan (to be used in conjunction with the downloadable PowerPoint presentation), the packet includes exercises, resources and a class evaluation form. Category: Insurance on Aug 03, 2017

Questions and answers about insurance in the ‘sharing economy’

Library: English | Questions and answers about insurance in the ‘sharing economy’  Written in Q&A format, this eight-page backgrounder expounds on the topics covered in the “Insuring yourself in the 'sharing economy'” guide. Category: Insurance on Aug 03, 2017

Tax basics for earners in the ‘sharing economy’

Library: English | Tax basics for earners in the ‘sharing economy’  The sharing economy might enable you to put a little extra cash in your pockets in your spare time, or it could be your primary source of income. Either way, earning money will have an impact on your tax situation. This publication, while not tax advice, will help you understand how to report your income and expenses accurately, why you should take advantage of all the deductions you’re entitled to, how to avoid an unpleasant surprise when you file your tax return, and where to get more information and assistance. Category: Money Management on May 19, 2017

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