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More Americans spending at least half their pay on housing

Analysis finds 26 pct. surge since Great Recession in US families who face burdensome rents.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-05-01/more-americans-spending-le
YouTube Kids app criticized as deceiving

...American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Children Now, Consumer Federation of America, Consumer Watchdog, Consumers Union, Corporate Accountability International and Public Citizen.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-04-07/youtube-kids-app-criticize
Brokers' conflicts can cost investors

...difference between a broker and registered adviser, says Barbara Roper, director of investor protection at the Consumer Federation of America. "The list of things that investors don't know is endless," she says.Just how damaging that ignorance...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-04-03/brokers-conflicts-can-cost
Payday loan regulators focus on credit rates, cycle of debt

...Dakota unsuccessfully tried to broadly restrict the high-cost loans in recent months. According to the Consumer Federation of America, 32 states now permit payday loans at triple-digit interest rates, or with no rate cap at all.The CFPB...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-02-01/payday-loan-regulators-foc
Local preparers not seeing increase in taxpayers deferring income tax fees

...2009 versus 21.6 million in 2014, according to a March 9 report from the National Consumer Law Center and Consumer Federation of America.The organizations stated in their report the cost of refund-anticipation checks has increased in recent...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2015-03-27/local-prepa
Beware of phishing scammers

...being the victim of a similar scam.I spoke with Susan Grant, the director of consumer protection for the Consumer Federation of America. Here's her advice:Phishing scams occur by phone or e-mail when predators pretend to be a trustworthy...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/2011-01-15/beware-phishing-scammers
Life
T-Mobile purchase to reduce options

...This marketplace doesn't work even before this merger," said Mark Cooper, the director of research for Consumer Federation of America. "I want policy-makers to confront the fiction that competition in this market is sufficient to protect...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2011-03-21/t-mobile-purchase-reduce-o
Business
Vote OKs cap on debit card fees

...were not a united front, either: While the consumer group U.S. PIRG said consumers would benefit, the Consumer Federation of America took no formal stance but said it was concerned about what both industries might do.Travis B. Plunkett...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2011-06-08/vote-oks-cap-debit-card-fe
Obama's consumer agency no sure deal

WASHINGTON --- Take a hard look now. A new agency that consumers were promised would make bankers, credit card companies and mortgage lenders treat them fairly will never look as strong again.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2009/10/25/bus_553148.shtml
Business
Don't be fooled by check scams

...billions of dollars have been lost as the result of fake-check scams. According to a recent survey by the Consumer Federation of America, nearly one-third of adults have been approached by a scammer trying to pass off fake checks and at least...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2009/07/20/yrb_541475.shtml
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