On Our Radar

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. Comments: 0

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. Comments: 0

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? Comments: 0

2015 survey offers California drivers insurance pricing insight
The annual pricing survey from the California Department of Insurance helps drivers narrow the list of which insurers to request a quote from—and to see how their current insurer's pricing compares. Comments: 0

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. Comments: 0

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. Comments: 0

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. Comments: 0

Study sees “financial self-efficacy’ as vital component of financial success
Financial self-efficacy is a psychological concept that can be an important predictor of successful performance in individual financial empowerment. Comments: 0

Study: How people perceive online behavioral advertising
Carnegie Mellon University researchers Aleecia M. McDonald and Lorrie Faith Cranor conducted this study of attitudes about Internet advertising. While many of the participants raised privacy issues in the first few minutes of discussion without any prompting about privacy, most knew little or nothing about online advertising and tracking. Comments: 0

Overdraft fees: How to beat the bank
Video report of one man's war with Wells Fargo about overdraft fees. Comments: 0

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