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CA News & Special Reports
Consumer Action INSIDER - January 2016 The January issue of the Consumer Action INSIDER offers information on CFPB activities and class action lawsuits as well as updates on coalition activities. This month we also highlight our recent National Consumer Empowerment Conference; offer a guide for consumers on how to act when a collector calls; tell of one consumer's tale of woe after he signed up for Match.com; and give an update on a series of workshops that we've held on new phone networks and Internet safety. (Monday, January 04, 2016)
Five Recent Publications
Money Management 1-2-3: THREE: Planning a Secure Future (Spanish). La serie Money Management 1-2-3, contiene consejos para tomar decisiones financieras prudentes en cada etapa de la vida y ofrece los fundamentos para desarrollar habilidades financieras en la etapa inicial, intermedia y avanzada. La parte TRES, Planifique un futuro seguro, está dedicada a su retiro de la fuerza laboral, la financiación de su jubilación y la protección de lo que ha acumulado. Los temas incluyen: el retiro de fondos de sus inversiones y del valor líquido de su casa, cómo mantener el seguro adecuado, administración de gastos médicos, conceptos básicos de planificación sucesoria y, para algunos abuelos, la crianza de una segunda familia.
Money Management 1-2-3: TWO: Achieving Financial Goals (Spanish). La serie Money Management 1-2-3, contiene consejos para tomar decisiones financieras prudentes en cada etapa de la vida y ofrece los fundamentos para desarrollar habilidades financieras en la etapa inicial, intermedia y avanzada. La parte DOS, Logre sus metas financieras, aborda temas sobre la actualización de su presupuesto, el ahorro para acumular capital y la protección de sus activos. Algunos de los temas son: la preparación de un presupuesto, administración de la deuda, el ahorro y las inversiones.
Money Management 1-2-3: THREE: Planning a Secure Future. The “Money Management 1-2-3: Be Smart About Money All Your Life” series focuses on basic money management skills at the beginner, intermediate and advanced level. Part three, Planning a Secure Future, focuses on leaving the workforce, funding your retirement and protecting what you've accumulated. Topics include tapping your investments and home equity, staying adequately insured, managing medical expenses, the basics of estate planning and, for some grandparents, raising a second family.
Friday, May 27, 2016
CFPB Glossary of Financial Terms - Spanish. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has created a glossary of important financial terms - including mortgage terms - such as promissory note, short sale and loan modification. One version is available in Spanish. Another has been translated into Chinese.
Friday, May 27, 2016
CFPB Home Loan Toolkit. This step-by-step booklet guides consumers through the mortgage shopping, home buying and mortgage closing process. It warns of pitfalls to avoid and helps make this complex process understandable. The guide is also available in Spanish.
Monday, December 21, 2015
Interactive map: The Uneven housing recovery. While the housing market in many of our country's major cities has rebounded since the foreclosure crisis, many markets in other parts of the country are actually getting worse, according to research by the Center for American Progress (CAP). More than seven million homeowners are still underwater struggling to avoid foreclosure, says CAP. See which counties remain hardest hit today.
Friday, November 20, 2015
CFPB Monthly Complaint Report: Mortgage Complaints. Complaint reports from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) focus on a different issue each month providing a snapshot of complaint trends by type, state and company, and highlight actual complaints reported by consumers. Mortgage complaints highlight continued problems preventing foreclosure and trouble when home loans are transferred.
Friday, September 04, 2015
CFPB Monthly Complaint Report: Credit Reporting Issues. Complaint reports from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) focus on a different issue each month providing a snapshot of complaint trends by type, state and company, and highlight actual complaints reported by consumers.
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