Alpha Consumer

February 2008


The Art of Complaining

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Companies have over-charged me $1,100 during the past year. My health insurance provider rejected a $200 claim because it erroneously determined that I had visited an out-of-plan doctor. My flex spending administrator mistakenly said it would not pay for my $600 prescription eyeglasses. And my ...

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consumers

Prevent Identity Theft

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At the Consumer Federation of America's conference this week, I spoke with Ed Farrell, associate director at Consumer Reports' National Research Center, about how to stop identity theft, and with Jean Ann Fox, director of financial services at CFA, about avoiding high-interest bank loans.

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identity theft
personal finance

Fight Poverty With Love

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A couple of interesting ideas have come into my in box over the past few days:

• James Q. Wilson, professor of public policy at Pepperdine University, argues that the next president of the United States should encourage marriage as a way of reducing poverty. "The new president should realize that ...

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marriage
poverty
wages