- A Special Guide for Seniors and Families – Articles with information specific to Seniors (or all of us) on dealing with money management issues.
Loan Scams: ‘Easy’ Cash Offers Teach Hard
Lessons – Provides tips on how to spot a scam and avoid losing
your money. Rule number one: Legitimate lenders never "guarantee" or
say that you are likely to get a loan or a credit card before you apply,
especially if you have bad credit, no credit, or a bankruptcy.
and Solutions for Customers of National Banks – Helps
you find answers to your National Banking questions.
- Avoiding Credit and Charge Card Fraud – Steps to make it more difficult for a crook to capture your card or card numbers, and how to report losses and fraud.
- Billed for Merchandise You Never Received? – Explains your rights and steps to take to correct the problem. Includes a sample dispute letter.
- Building a Better Credit Report – Learn how to legally improve your credit report, how to deal with debt, how to spot credit-related scams, and more.
Buying a New Car – Tips to help
you make a smart deal. Explains commonly used industry terms, and
worksheet to help you negotiate on price.
Buying a Used Car – Explains your rights when buying from a dealer or a private party. Offers buying tips and resources if you have problems after the sale.
- Car Ads: Reading Between the Lines – Many car dealers advertise unusually low interest rates and other special promotions. Learn what questions to ask to get the best deal for you.
- Choosing a Credit Card
- Choosing A Credit Card: The Deal is in the Disclosures – Explains credit card terms, how your balance is computed, and how to shop for the best deal. Outlines cardholder protections.
- Consumer Handbook to Credit Protection Laws
- Cosigning a Loan – Lists your obligations if you decide to cosign on a loan for a friend or relative. At the top of the list: you may have to pay up to the full amount of the debt if the borrower does not pay.
- Credit, ATM and Debit Cards: What To Do If They're Lost or Stolen – Outlines procedures for reporting loss or theft, and how to minimize your risk.
- Credit and Divorce – Encourages recently divorced consumers, and those contemplating divorce, to look closely at issues involving credit. Understanding the different kinds of credit accounts opened during a marriage may help illuminate the potential benefits - and pitfalls - of each.
- Credit and Debit Card Blocking – Blocking often occurs when you use a credit or debit card to check into a hotel or rent a car. The clerk usually contacts the company that issued your card to give an estimated total. If the transaction is approved, your available credit (credit card) or the balance in your bank account (debit card) is reduced by this amount. Learn why blocking may be a problem, and how to avoid it.
- Credit and Your Consumer Rights – Explains credit laws that protect your right to obtain, use, and maintain credit. Offers practical tips to help you solve credit problems.
- Credit Card Loss Protection Offers – Since your liability for unauthorized charges is limited to $50, there's no need to buy loss protection insurance.
- Credit Insurance: Is It For You? – Helps borrowers decide if credit insurance, which is usually optional, is right for them. Explains the four main types of credit insurance and offers shopping tips.
- Credit Repair: Self-Help May Be Best – Explains how you can improve your credit worthiness and lists legitimate resources for low or no-cost help.
- Equal Credit Opportunity – The Equal Credit Opportunity Act prohibits the denial of credit because of your sex, race, marital status, religion, national origin, age, or because you receive public assistance.
- Fair Credit Billing – The Fair Credit Billing Act establishes procedures for resolving billing errors on your credit card accounts. Includes sample dispute letter.
- Fair Debt Collection – Answers commonly asked questions about your rights under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. It prohibits debt collectors from using unfair or deceptive practices to collect overdue bills that your creditor has forwarded for collection.
- Getting Credit: What You Need to Know About Your Credit – Provides tips on shopping for credit cards, using cards carefully, and keeping your credit record clean. Also explains credit reports and credit scores, how to protect your identity, improve your credit record, and what to do if you are a victim of identity theft. A good source of information for people learning about credit.
- Getting Credit When You're Over 62 – Under the federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act, it's against the law for a creditor to deny you credit or terminate existing credit simply because of your age. Explains your rights and offers tips for applying for and maintaining credit.
- Gold and Platinum Cards – If you're looking for credit, be wary of some 'gold' or 'platinum' card offers promising to get you credit cards or improve your credit rating. Lists tip-offs to rip-offs.
Out of Work? How to Deal with Creditors – If you've recently lost your job, your first thoughts may be, "how will I make ends meet." The Federal Trade Commission spells out your rights when it comes to fair debt collection and credit reporting practices."
- How to Dispute Credit Report Errors – Explains how to dispute and correct inaccurate information in your credit report. Includes a sample dispute letter.
- How to File a Consumer Complaint about a Bank
- Identity Theft – Identity theft is a federal crime. It occurs when one person's identification (which can include name, social security number, or any account number) is used or transferred by another person for unlawful activities. This booklet is designed to help you understand what identity theft is, how it happens, how to protect yourself, and what steps to take if your identity is stolen.
- Keys to Vehicle Leasing
- Loan and Credit
- Credit & Charge Cards: What Consumers Should Know about the Cost & Terms of Credit – Knowing how credit card charges, finance charges, and terms of credit can change your financial status.
- How to Establish, Use, and Protect Your Credit – Credit is an important financial tool, but it can also be dangerous, leading people into debt far beyond their ability to repay.
- Publications – Federal Reserve publications relating to loans and credit.
- The Credit Process: A Guide for Small Business Owners – Summary of the sources and types of commercial loans, business plan design, and the loan-review process for small business financing.
- Your Credit Report – It used to be that a retailer or bank would have to call each creditor you listed on an application form before they would decide to extend credit to you. Today, they rely on credit reports, so it's important for you to know what is in yours.
- Your Credit Rights – You need to understand how credit is awarded or denied and what you can do if you are treated unfairly. The major laws that regulate credit are outlined in this brochure.
- The Credit Practices Rule – The Rule prohibits many creditors from including certain provisions in consumer credit contracts. It also requires creditors to provide a written notice to consumers before they cosign obligations for others about their potential liability if the other person fails to pay.
- Time-Barred Debts – Offers information on debt collection practices as they relate to debts that are past the statute of limitations.
- Understanding Vehicle Financing – Get the facts on dealership financing - what it is, how you apply, special financing offers, cash back and rebates you may be eligible for, and more.
- Vehicle Repossession – If your payments are late or you default on your contract in any way, your creditor or lessor may have the right to repossess your car. Learn what repossession may mean to you.
- Your Access to Free Credit Reports – Learn
how to order a free copy of your credit report from each of the nationwide
consumer reporting companies – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – once
every 12 months.