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Elizabeth Warren's Moment

Brent Budowsky | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Warren knows from experience and writes with warmth that every day in America there are boys and girls asking moms and dads why the family car is gone, why the family home was taken away, why Mom or Dad has lost a job, and why so Americans live from paycheck to paycheck, desperately struggling to make ends meet.

Does Facebook Know Your Location? Not for Long With Location Sentry's App

James Grundvig | Posted 06.23.2014 | Technology
James Grundvig

As the smartphone industry considers adding a 'kill-switch' for mobile devices to curb their theft, law enforcement officials crow that manufacturers ...

Zach Carter

We Can't Stop Watching These Congressmen Babble About Nothing

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Tuesday, the House Financial Services Committee held a three-and-a-half-hour hearing on financial fraud and consumer protection. Cong...

Wall Street Should Disclose Its Think Tank Contributions

Sen. Elizabeth Warren | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Wall Street banks have the right to express their views to lawmakers and regulators through lobbying, but the law is clear: If they want to influence lawmakers, they must disclose their lobbying expenditures.

Warning: Groupon May Be Dangerous to Your Wealth

Norman I. Silber | Posted 05.06.2014 | Money
Norman I. Silber

Merchants basically get it -- to many of them, Groupon looks less like an innovative advertising mechanism than a loan broker, arranging bundles of small loans from consumers, and taking a substantial cut... Consumers don't often see this side of the equation.

How to Get a Refund on a Non-Refundable Airfare and Avoid Change Fees

George Hobica | Posted 04.21.2014 | Travel
George Hobica

There are ways of avoiding the fees, and even to get a full refund on a non-refundable airfare you no longer need. The most-often used method is to cancel within 24 hours of booking, but read on for some other, lesser-known loopholes.

How to Spot a Vacation Club Scam

Kevin Richberg | Posted 04.21.2014 | Travel
Kevin Richberg

In the last six months of 2013 a "Vacation Club Scam" setup shop in central New York State, in the area where I grew up. When my family began receivin...

Trade Yes, But a Different Track

Larry Cohen | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Voters overwhelmingly expect the TPP to be a good deal for large corporations at the expense of small businesses:

How Advertisers Can Use Your Personal Information To Make You Pay Higher Prices

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 04.02.2014 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

What is at stake isn't purely a matter of annoying ads or nosy companies -- it's a deep set of customer protections that have taken decades of hard work to secure.

Consumer Review Credibility, Brand Marketing and Social Media

Jeremy Harris Lipschultz | Posted 03.25.2014 | Media
Jeremy Harris Lipschultz

Amazon and other sites have shown that shoppers consider product reviews an accurate way to gauge consumer experiences, and a site known for independe...

Shahien Nasiripour

Federal Reserve Asks Financial Industry Lobbyists For Personnel Recommendations

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Financial industry lobbyists are among those being asked to suggest who should replace Sandra Braunstein, the retiring Federal Reserve official who ov...

The Volcker Rule Is a Maddening Case Study in How to Suffocate Wall Street Reform

James Howard Kunstler | Posted 02.16.2014 | Business
James Howard Kunstler

The so-called Volcker Rule for policing (ha!) banking practices, approved by a huddle of federal regulating agency chiefs last week, is the latest joke that America has played on itself in what is becoming the greatest national self-punking exercise in world history.

Dear Congress: Don't Take Away the FTC's Best Tool for Fighting Patent Trolls

David Balto | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
David Balto

The criticism of the FTC's use of Section 5 in competition cases seems like a tempest in a teapot. This is not the time to shackle the federal agency best suited to use its enforcement powers to attack patent trolls.

I Don't Care Who Killed JFK

Peter Dreier | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

I refuse to waste my time wading into the muck of the JFK assassination controversies. It is not that I lack curiosity about American history. But nothing that I uncover would surprise me or alter my view of my country.

The FTC: a Tough Data Security Cop

David Balto | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
David Balto

In Wyndham and other cases the FTC is going after practices that are grossly at odds with responsible industry standards. However, deception actions should not be the only enforcement tool.

An Open Letter to the CFPB

Bill Bartmann | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Bill Bartmann

Having spent a lot of time thinking about this problem, I want to offer to you five simple ideas that will suppress the "criminal enterprise", uplift families, protect the safety and soundness of the banking system and ensure a functional credit and debt collection process.

Watchdogging Private Student Loan Companies

Ethan Senack | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Ethan Senack

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's public complaints database levels the playing field for private student loan borrowers -- giving aggrieved private student borrowers true negotiating strength in a financial marketplace that is tilted toward banks.

Kate Sheppard

Toy Magnets Can Injure Kids Like 'A Gun Shot Wound To The Gut'

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Consumer Product Safety Commission argues that small, powerfully magnetic balls contained in some toys pose "an unreasonable risk of...

Kate Sheppard

Consumer Agency 'Can't Protect People' During Shutdown, Chairwoman Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- Among the federal agencies hit hardest by the government shutdown is the Consumer Product Safety Commission -- an office no one pays m...

Redefining Success. Putting Money Back In Its Place.

John Hope Bryant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
John Hope Bryant

For 100 years the world has been on a fairly consistent march towards more and more free enterprise, and deeper and more sharp edged caverns of capitalism. And for approximately 80 of those years, most of the developed world was not on a bad path.

Shahien Nasiripour

Lawmakers Probe Big Banks Using Colleges To Target Students

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 09.27.2013 | Politics

A group of senior U.S. lawmakers has launched a probe into big banks’ relationships with universities amid concerns that students and taxpayers are ...

HCAN Report: How the Republicans Are Suppressing Obamacare Enrollment (Updated)

Ethan Rome | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Republicans have done everything they could think of to repeal, defund, undermine and otherwise disrupt Obamacare. But they've failed, and that's why they've turned to a last-ditch strategy to stop the law and take away the rights of millions of Americans to get the health care they need.

The Sharing Economy Fights Back Against Regulators

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 11.18.2013 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

It's not everyday you hear about a grassroots movement that was started with the help of a technology company. You don't usually see progressive acti...

Kim Bhasin

You May Be Paying Way Too Much At Walgreens

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bhasin | Posted 09.06.2013 | Business

NEW YORK -- Consumers in Manhattan shelled out $15.99 for Claritin at a Walgreens on 5th Ave., paying $4.50 more than those who bought the allergy med...

Matt Damon Is Right

Brent Budowsky | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

When the great actor Matt Damon recently said that President Obama "broke up with me," he hit the jackpot of telling political truth in the eyes of many progressive Democrats and independents.