How The Financial Reform Bill Affects Your Everyday Life (PHOTOS)

06/26/2010 09:44 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

NEW YORK (By Rachel Beck, AP) - The financial overhaul is about more than exotic derivatives and complex risk assessments. It will change how you interact with the financial system every day, from swiping your debit card at the store to applying for a mortgage.

That includes new rules governing how we bank, borrow and invest, plus the creation of a new regulator to make sure financial transactions like signing up for a credit card are safer and easier to understand.

The legislation does not go as far as some would have liked. Auto dealers, who make most car loans, won't face oversight by the new consumer bureau. Nor will banks with less than $10 billion in assets, even though they serve most communities in this country.

Here's a piece-by-piece guide to the new rules.

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