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October 13, 1986 | NANCY L. ROSS, The Washington Post
Elimination of the tax deduction for consumer interest payments--a provision of the tax-overhaul measure passed by Congress and awaiting President Reagan's signature--could have a significant effect on the credit card industry by encouraging more cardholders to pay off their balances without incurring finance charges. A recent survey of 500 affluent consumers, conducted by Synergistics Research Corp.
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December 16, 1994 | CONNIE KOENENN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stephen Brobeck's office on the sixth floor of his building near Dupont Circle gives him a view of consumer activity throughout the country. What he sees are a lot of smart shoppers. "Americans are far more sophisticated shoppers today than they were 20 years ago," he says. "They have information coming from all directions." Brobeck is executive director of the nonprofit Consumer Federation of America.
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NEWS
December 16, 1994 | CONNIE KOENENN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stephen Brobeck's office on the sixth floor of his building near Dupont Circle gives him a view of consumer activity throughout the country. What he sees are a lot of smart shoppers. "Americans are far more sophisticated shoppers today than they were 20 years ago," he says. "They have information coming from all directions." Brobeck is executive director of the nonprofit Consumer Federation of America.
BUSINESS
October 13, 1986 | NANCY L. ROSS, The Washington Post
Elimination of the tax deduction for consumer interest payments--a provision of the tax-overhaul measure passed by Congress and awaiting President Reagan's signature--could have a significant effect on the credit card industry by encouraging more cardholders to pay off their balances without incurring finance charges. A recent survey of 500 affluent consumers, conducted by Synergistics Research Corp.
BUSINESS
February 26, 1997 | From Times Wire Services
Americans charged more than $1 trillion on credit cards in 1996, and about one-third of the total was being paid off in installments, a consumer group found. The Consumer Federation of America released a study Tuesday estimating that 60 million households were carrying credit card balances averaging $6,000. The federation said credit card debt reached $374 billion to $396 billion by the end of the year.
REAL ESTATE
August 1, 2004 | From Times wire reports
Lower income and minority home buyers are most likely to prefer adjustable rate mortgages, yet they often misunderstand the risks of these loans, according to a new survey by Consumer Federation of America. The lack of financial knowledge could make them vulnerable to rate increases.
BUSINESS
October 29, 1999 | From Associated Press
Many Americans believe they stand a better chance of getting rich from lotteries or sweepstakes than from saving and investing, a poll found. Stephen Brobeck, executive director of the Consumer Federation of America, said the findings suggest that misconceptions about how small amounts of money can grow if saved or invested may be preventing some people from taking steps to improve their lot.
NEWS
May 8, 1989 | From United Press International
Four days after the California Supreme Court upheld most of the features of Proposition 103 to cut insurance rates, five major consumer groups proposed a banner program for a nationwide consumer revolt against the auto-insurance industry. "A consumer rebellion is under way against discriminatory insurance industry policies and waste," consumer advocate Ralph Nader said at a press conference to present a program of reforms for the industry. In an unprecedent show of unity on auto-insurance issues, the report was prepared by Consumer Federation of America, the National Insurance Consumer Organization, Consumers Union, Public Citizen and the U.S. Public Research Group.
BUSINESS
November 1, 1991 | From Associated Press
To hear a consumers group tell it, real estate agents are overpaid, under-worked, sometimes sneaky and poorly trained. But the agents say they are honest and hard-working, they have to hustle to make a buck and their customers like them. "There ought to be some relation between price and quality, and there isn't that right now," Stephen Brobeck, executive director of the Consumer Federation of America, said Thursday.
BUSINESS
July 11, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Americans can save billions of dollars annually on credit card and other interest payments by raising their credit scores, but many consumers still don't know enough about the complex numerical values that represent their credit risk. Although awareness of credit scores has increased in the last year, it remains poor, the Consumer Federation of America and Seattle-based thrift Washington Mutual Inc. found in an annual survey released Thursday.
BUSINESS
December 15, 1987 | Associated Press
A new guide by the Consumer Federation of America gives travelers comparisons on air fares and airline performance as well as less lofty information such as bar hours at major airports and how much it costs to get downtown. The federation's analysis of airline fares shows that the largest carriers are also usually more expensive without necessarily providing the best service.
BUSINESS
July 9, 1998 | From Times Wire Services
Borrowing by U.S. consumers increased at a slower-than-expected pace in May as credit card use registered one of the largest declines in nearly two decades, Federal Reserve Board figures showed Tuesday. Consumer installment debt rose by just $400 million for the month to $1.25 trillion, after rising a revised $5.6 billion during April. Previously, the Fed said April borrowing increased $5.5 billion. The scant rise in overall May debt was contrary to expectations for a much larger $4.
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