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.

 

Postings

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.

A guide to personal injury lawsuits (and their benefits)
The Center for Justice & Democracy’s new study on personal injury (or “tort”) lawsuits shows how they benefit not only the consumers who win the suits, but the general public.

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.

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.

FDIC study: Serving the unbanked and underbanked
In the first national survey of banks' efforts to serve unbanked and underbanked individuals and families in their market areas, the FDIC found that improvement may be possible in certain areas.

Reasons you can't get your credit report fixed
A noted national consumer law organization releases a report documenting the abysmal quality of the credit report dispute system provided for by law to protect consumers from errors in their credit reports.

Could regulations have prevented the economic crisis?
A new report by the Congressional Oversight Committee points to three areas of regulation that could have prevented the current economic crisis.

Call to Action: Health Care Reform 2009
Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), chair of the key U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, has issued a detailed "white paper" on insurance-based health care reform. It includes public and private plan options and directives to limit "out of pocket" costs for patients.

Health care and the 2008 presidential election
Families USA has conducted an extensive analysis of plans by presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain.

The Arbitration Trap: Credit Cards Companies Ensnare Consumers
Consumers who seek justice in disputes with their credit card companies shouldn’t expect to find it in binding mandatory arbitration (BMA); in cases decided in California by a major arbitration firm over a four-year period, consumers lost 94 percent of the time, according to a new Public Citizen report .

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