Features by David Lazarus

Why moving to all-cash can cost you

Why moving to cash instead of credit has its own set of problems.
Posted In: cash, Credit Cards, Target

Black buying power hits $1.1 trillion. What does it mean?

If we were talking about countries, that would be the 16th biggest economy in the world, but it's not a country, it's the combined buying power of a group of people who are part of this country: African-Americans.
Posted In: African-Americans, minority

So you don't understand that medical bill fee...

L.A. Times consumer columnist David Lazarus answers listener questions about health care cost-shifting, whether account monitoring services are worth their costs, and what to do when you don't trust the bank you've got a home loan through.
Posted In: Personal Finance

Dissatisfied customer? Assert your consumer rights

What to do when a negative customer service experience turns into a nightmare? LA Times consumer columnist David Lazarus discusses how to assert your consumer rights to achieve satisfaction.
Posted In: consumer

10 biggest frauds consumers fall for and your scam stories

Millions of Americans fall for the same common scams every day. Have you been a victim of one of these cons? Learn how to keep your cash safe by listening to the expert wisdom of those who have lost money to shifty schemers.
Posted In: scams, fraud

'Hi, this is Rachel' -- Avoiding robocall scams

Ever picked up the phone and heard a woman on the other end with information about your credit card who sounded totally legit? Here is some advice on how to avoid being conned by these calls.
Posted In: robocalls, scams

Beware tribal payday loans

High interest payday loans are seen by critics as a fast track to endless cycles of debt for borrowers -- and there's a new breed of payday loan to watch out for.
Posted In: payday loans, scams

Furloughs: On the job, but out of work

Sequester-related furloughs went into effect this week, impacting mostly air traffic controllers employed by the federal government. How can other public servants prepare their personal finances to take on mandatory unpaid leave?
Posted In: furloughs, sequester

Staying smart and safe in a world full of scams

Los Angeles Times consumer columnist offers sage advice on how to avoid fraud in all forms.
Posted In: scams

Families face tough choices in the shadow of the Great Recession

A new HBO documentary takes a look at how millions of families have been left out in the cold in the richest country on Earth.
Posted In: tough choices, middle class, social services, American dream, documentary


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