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Consumer Protection

Wall Street Bankers Who Broke the Law Belong in Jail

Eric Griego | Posted 07.15.2012 | Politics
Eric Griego

In Washington, I will fight to hold Wall Street accountable.

An Anniversary You Are Forced to Remember

Negah Mouzoon | Posted 06.27.2012 | Politics
Negah Mouzoon

Until federal policymakers act to protect consumers from one-sided contracts, April 27 will always mark the anniversary of a devastating day for consumers' rights.

Financial Services Should Take a Page From the Physician's Code of Conduct: First Do No Harm

April Rudin | Posted 06.20.2012 | Business
April Rudin

Financial services needs to fix itself and repair its relationship with consumers who have developed mistrust of an industry who has harmed them.

Gerry Smith

FTC Urges Congress To Shed Light On Opaque World Of Data Brokers

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 03.26.2012 | Technology

The Federal Trade Commission on Monday called on Congress to shed light on the opaque world of data brokers who collect and sell consumer data but rem...

4 Ways Prepaid Card Vendors Can Help Reduce Consumer Anxiety

Patrice Peyret | Posted 05.26.2012 | Money
Patrice Peyret

It's tax-filing season, and the fastest-growing way to receive tax refunds is on prepaid cards. So it is a great time to review how prepaid card vendors can do a better job explaining how the cards work and what the true costs are.

Few Things Are 100% Predictable, But Here's One..

Ellen Schloemer | Posted 05.26.2012 | Money
Ellen Schloemer

Imagine how many people would have walked away from getting a subprime mortgage if the broker had told them, "The rate on this loan is 2% higher than you qualify for, because I make more money that way."

Psst! Your 401(k) Is Ripping You Off

SmartMoney | Ian Salisbury | Posted 03.21.2012 | Money

This article originally appeared on SmartMoney.com America's conversion to the 401(k) plan has certainly created a new world for future retirees, w...

WATCH: These Fraudsters Are Finding Cheap Gas

The Huffington Post | Khadeeja Safdar | Posted 03.20.2012 | Money

Some customers simply won't stand for record-breaking fuel prices and are taking creative measures to avoid paying full price for gas. Thieves with...

Fighting for Consumer Rights, Fifty Years After Kennedy's Call

Jim Guest | Posted 05.15.2012 | Business
Jim Guest

Today marks the 50th anniversary of a watershed moment in the consumer movement -- the recognition by a president that consumers deserved their own set of rights.

50 Years Ago This Week, JFK Ushered in Modern Consumer Protection Era

Ed Mierzwinski | Posted 05.13.2012 | Politics
Ed Mierzwinski

As President Kennedy said fifty years ago, consumer protection "is not a game." While we haven't yet achieved all of President Kennedy's ambitious agenda "to make certain that our Nation's economy fairly and adequately serves consumers' interests," it's a cause worth fighting for.

Make My Phone Stop Ringing and You Just Might End Up in the White House!

Bill Bartmann | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics
Bill Bartmann

The targets for debt collectors have doubled in the last decade, with 14 percent of U.S. consumers today subject to debt collection. This 14 percent represents tens of millions of voters.

Extending the Olive Branch -- Consumer Conflict Resolution

Donna Larner Lavery | Posted 05.02.2012 | Business
Donna Larner Lavery

Although we are more connected through technology than ever before, we have lost the art of discussion and personal acknowledgement. Our phones and our keyboards have become our anonymous mouthpieces.

Can Companies Predict Your Divorce?

Richard Komaiko | Posted 05.02.2012 | Divorce
Richard Komaiko

By catching the consumer at the intersection of a big life change, like having a child or getting divorced, there is an opportunity to change customer shopping habits and brand loyalty forever.

Prepaid Debit Cards: A Brief Guide to What Really Matters

Jonathan B. Mintz | Posted 04.30.2012 | Money
Jonathan B. Mintz

More than $140 billion moves through prepaid debit cards every year in this country. Given the wide range of these products, consumers and regulators must find ways to navigate what really matters.

Catherine New

Stopping Lawless Debt Collectors From Harassing You

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 03.01.2012 | Money

Cebilla DeCastro still disconnects her phone at night, afraid of the calls from creditors. The 48-year-old prep cook filed for bankruptcy in June 2...

Baggage Delayed? What You're Entitled To

George Hobica | Posted 04.30.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

It happens to hundreds of airline passengers every day. They arrive at a destination far from home, but their bags don't.

Zach Carter

CFPB Crowdsources Nominations For Key Advisory Posts

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 02.23.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a significant break with traditional federal policy, the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is appealing directly to the public...

Catherine New

Look Who's Outsourcing

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 02.21.2012 | Business

Even scam artists are outsourcing. On Tuesday in its first crackdown on fraudulent telemarketing in South Asia, the Federal Trade Commission announced...

Consumer Watchdog's Latest Targets

AP | DANIEL WAGNER | Posted 04.17.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON — The nation's new cop on the consumer-finance beat is zeroing in on debt collectors and credit reporting companies. The Consumer Fi...

Government Agency Continues Its Fight Against Abusive Debt Collectors

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.31.2012 | Business

The government's efforts to police debt collectors -- an ongoing battle that has drawn in countless ranks of cash-strapped consumers in recent years -...

Alexander Eichler

Almost Half Of U.S. Households Live One Crisis From Poverty, Study Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.31.2012 | Business

What does it mean to be poor? If it means living at or below the poverty line, then 15 percent of Americans -- some 46 million people -- qualify. B...

Max J. Rosenthal

Scott Brown's Strategic Silence On Stock Ownership

HuffingtonPost.com | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 03.26.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) is touting President Barack Obama's call for legislation banning insider trading by members of Congress as a ...

Airfarewatchdog Answers Your Questions About Air Travel

George Hobica | Posted 03.26.2012 | Travel
George Hobica

Answering your burning questions about super-low airfares (is it really a good deal?) and finding good fares in surprising places.

Obama-Appointed Watchdog Taking Tough Stand

AP | DANIEL WAGNER | Posted 03.25.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The government's new consumer finance watchdog agency is prepared to sue companies that offer unfair or deceptive mortgages and cre...

Paul Brady

Fliers May Be Sticker Shocked Thanks To New Pricing Regs

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Brady | Posted 01.19.2012 | Travel

Airline customers are in for sticker shock. New Department of Transportation rules will force airlines to advertise higher, all-inclusive prices be...