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If My Car Is Being "Recalled," Why Aren't You Taking it Back?

Evan Handler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Evan Handler

In spite of announcing a "recall," all Toyota has done is to issue some warnings, to state that they're "working on" a solution, and to instruct me to be alert to the problem. In this "recall," I'm being told to keep driving my car.

The Top 10 Financial Products and Services that Must Be Regulated in 2010

Jonathan B. Mintz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jonathan B. Mintz

It's time to reset the debate and get specific about what the CFPA might actually do. Here is my "Top 10 Must-Regulate" list -- the top products and services the CFPA should take on to protect consumers.

How To 'Stop Getting Ripped Off'

Bob Sullivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Bob Sullivan

Hidden fees may be a daily annoyance for you; but for America, they are an economic calamity.

Friday Talking Points [108] -- Obama's Pivotal Week

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Since Democrats are taking some time to figure out what to do next, we shall do the same here, and skip over the entire health care reform subject, after highlighting two hilarious commentaries on the situation.

Shahien Nasiripour

Will The Banks Win Again? Bailout Watchdog Rallies Support For Consumer Protection Agency

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The battle in the Senate over a proposed consumer financial protection agency is the final show-down between banks and American families, bailout watc...

Jobs Obama Can Fill Now, Rehiring Consumer Reps At The White House

Jamie Court | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamie Court

Every other Democratic president since President Kennedy has hired a Special Assistant for Consumer Affairs. This is a gift Obama should give American consumers for the holidays.

Gaming the System

Sen. Mark Udall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Mark Udall

Families and small businesses are hurting during these tough times, and I find it unconscionable for credit card companies to game the system and jack up already high interest rates even higher.

Congressional Fail: Don't Let Congress Take Credit

Harry Moroz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Moroz

Even as consumers suffer the housing crisis and an abysmal job market, they face the prospect of hundreds or even thousands more dollars of credit card debt because of Congress.

Will Obama Save America From Capitalism?

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

American-style capitalism is the system that gives you pilots buying groceries with food stamps and sheriffs throwing families out of their homes. President Obama, it's time for a "new" New Deal.

Shahien Nasiripour

As Economy Crashes, Banks Make A Killing On Overdraft Fees

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Talk about kicking people when they're down. Banks and credit unions made an eye-popping $24 billion in overdraft fees in 2008, according to a rep...

Ryan Grim

GOP, Warning Of A 'New EPA', Oppose Independent CFPA

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Republicans are determined to prevent the creation of an independent Consumer Financial Protection Agency because they consider it as threateni...

House Financial Regulatory Reform Bill Passes

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The House passed the most ambitious restructuring of federal financial regulations since the New Deal on Friday, aiming to head off...

FTC Takes On Credit Monitoring Services Like Freecreditreport.com

New York Times | RON LIEBER | Posted 02.13.2014 | Business

The Federal Trade Commission is not amused. It has long believed that the company that owns freecreditreport.com is deliberately diverting people from...

Invite Regular Folks to the White House

Trey Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Trey Ellis

To re-energize the angry many that elected him, Obama needs to publicly bar representatives of the powerful few from the White House until they agree, concretely, to better serve the angry many.

Obama Slaps Congress, Lobbyists In Push For Consumer Protection Agency (VIDEO, REMARKS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The White House on Friday renewed its push for a consumer financial protection agency with President Obama and a senior economic official warning Cong...

Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009: Bad for California

Pedro Nava | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Pedro Nava

On Thursday December 10, 2009, in the dark of night in Washington D.C., the U.S. House of Representatives was overcome with amnesia. They acted as though the financial crisis never happened.

Keeping Our Children Safe this Holiday Season

Inez Moore Tenenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Inez Moore Tenenbaum

Fortunately, this year, you can holiday shop for your child or grandchild with more confidence than ever before. That's because there are new rules on your side and the side of America's children.

Jason Linkins

Bank Lobby Bloodied But Unbowed In Fight Against Consumer Protection

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Bloomberg's Yalman Onaran takes a glance at the state of play on the consumer protection front, and sizes up the influence that the banking lobby has ...

Jason Linkins

GOP Rep. Tells House Finance Committee That Banks Should "Trump" Consumers

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Over at the Wonk Room, Pat Garofalo pulls video of Representative Jeb Hansarling (R-Tex.) sitting on the House Financial Services Committee as they ma...

What Consumers Can Do About Overdraft Fees

Christine Escobar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Christine Escobar

Even if you're embarrassed to admit it, you're very likely among the estimated 50 million Americans who have been overdrawn on their checking account in the course of any given year.

Obama's Choice for 2010

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

After 2010, the Obama presidency, if history is any guide, will change substantially. It will become reactive, initiate few, if any, major pieces of legislation, and focus more on foreign policy.

Shahien Nasiripour

House Democrat Ed Perlmutter Has Lots Of Reasons To Support Big Banks

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Rep. Ed Perlmutter pushed and pushed and pushed for an amendment to exempt some of the country's biggest banks from supervision by a new consumer-prot...

Shahien Nasiripour

JPMorgan Chase Says New Credit Card Law To Cost Firm At Least Half A Billion Dollars A Year

HuffingtonPost.com | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The nation's second-largest bank said a new law that limits unfair rate hikes and hidden fees will cost it as much as $750 million a year. JPMorgan...

AP: Obama's Consumer Agency May Still "Die Along The Way"

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Take a hard look now. A new agency that consumers were promised would make bankers, credit card companies and mortgage lenders trea...

Bye-Bye Baubles

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lita Smith-Mines

I was encouraged to "bring my useless or broken gold" to an acquaintance's home, where I could "sell it all and take home cash." This was a new one for me, I've never left a social gathering richer than when I came in.