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Watch out for tech support scams

Since everyone is online more during the pandemic, there’s an increased urgency about fixing computers if there’s a problem. Scammers, as always, are lurking around just looking for a new opportunity to strike. They’re offering even more phony tech support services. Read more →


Chamber of Commerce, whose members include dozens of lawbreakers, lobbies against FTC enforcement

The Chamber of Commerce is lobbying to oppose tougher enforcement at the Federal Trade Commission because its ranks are filled with corporate wrongdoers, a Public Citizen report says. The 111 known Chamber member corporations have violated state and federal laws 15,896 times with fines of $154 billion since 2000. Read more →


The why and how of your total wealth

Many Americans lack financial literacy. Moreover, regardless of their financial wealth, many Americans also aren’t as happy as they could be … lacking what one of our reviewers defined as “life literacy.” We wrote “Your Total Wealth: The Heart and Soul of Financial Literacy” because of these two reasons. Read more →


Top consumer and personal finance stories of 2021

Consumers are continuing to face tremendous challenges in this, the second year of the coronavirus pandemic. I could probably write an article on 10 ways the pandemic affected people financially. I just hope it will end soon instead of continuing to drag on and on. Read more →


Keep an eye on your financial institution because regulator found errors in examination of consumer transactions

In its role to check on financial institutions, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found that some violated federal law in the first half of 2021. “Today’s report reveals that irresponsible or mismanaged firms harmed Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic," said CFPB Director Rohit Chopra. Read more →


Is your big bank charging you a lot of overdraft fees?

Banks continue to rely heavily on overdraft revenue, which reached an estimated $15.47 billion in 2019, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Three banks – JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America – brought in 44 percent of the total in 2019 by banks with assets over $1 billion. Read more →


Do research carefully before you buy or switch to a Medicare Advantage plan during open enrollment for 2022

It’s that time of year again. Advertisements for Medicare Advantage plans are flooding my mailbox and email. I’m even getting phone calls about the plans. And, every time I turn on the TV, there’s another ad about Medicare Advantage, with infomercials to be tolerated, too. Read more →


How to avoid a student loan debt relief scam

It’s a big problem. Companies promising to help with student loan debt advertise widely, using misinformation and high-pressure sales. However, consumers need to know that there’s nothing a student loan debt relief company can do for them that they can’t do for themselves for free. Read more →