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    • Consumer Resources
      • Complaints Against Businesses and People - Gov Sites

        The websites listed below cover consumer issues, complaints, and legal issues at the Federal, State, and local levels.

        • Agencies that process complaints against businesses and people in the Los Angeles area but including State and National agencies. Also, information on reporting crimes to police.

        • A State sponsored, comprehensive consumer protection, information and complaint processing website. Provides license verification for professions, with complaint histories, identity theft, landlord/tenant, mortgages and many other consumer issues.

        • A one-stop source for information about consumer problems and government services. Online access to a variety of government publications including the Consumer Action Handbook and its website. Sample complaint forms and information on where and how to file complaints

        • The Federal Trade Commission, the nation's consumer protection agency, collects complaints about companies, business practices, and identity theft. The FTC does not resolve individual consumer complaints. Provides The National Do Not Call Registry to stop unwanted telemarketing calls, the Consumer Sentinel Military to identify and target consumer protection issues that affect members of the United States Armed Forces and their families.

        • A large Federal website covering issues of protecting the public health, assuring the safety of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products, medical devices, the nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, and numerous other products. Provides news, scientific and consumer information.
      • Complaints Against Businesses and People - Non-Gov Sites
        • An authoritative source, with some free information but primarily a subscription site.
        • Compiles product evaluations from multiple sources.
        • Consumer World

          Consumer World, founded by Edgar Dworsky in 1995, is a free consumer resource guide with over 2000 links, including lists of consumer agencies, consumer news, price comparisons and sale shopping aids.

        • Consumer surveys and ratings of autos, boats, electronics, finance, healthcare, homes, insurance,

      • Price Comparison Services
        • Search products by keyword or subject, with shopping guides and Consumer Reports articles.

        • Compare features and prices on a wide range of items. The site also provides product ratings, merchant ratings, coupon shopping, rebates, green product shopping, and daily deals.

        • Shopzilla does comparison online shopping of brands in the US and Europe, consisting of Bizrate, Beso, Shopzilla, TaDa, PrixMoinsCher, and SparDeinGeld.
      • Shopping
      • Travel
        • Make bookings on hotels in destinations worldwide. Read hotel reviews and find the guaranteed best price on a choice of hotels.
        • KAYAK is a free service that compares hundreds of travel sites at once to find the best prices on flights, hotels, car rental, vacation packages and allows you to choose bookings.

        • Compare prices and book airline tickets, hotel reservations, car rentals, vacations, cruises and travel deals.

        • Compare prices and book airline tickets, hotels, cruises, rail travel, car rentals, and vacation packages.
        • Track flight prices before you buy and get airline refunds after you buy - If the price of your flight drops below what you paid, Yapta helps you get a refund for the difference.
    • Education: Saving, Financial Aid
    • Estate Planning
      • A solid portal for lawyer referral, articles, legal information and forms covering wide range of topics, such as probate and trusts and estates (http://wills-probate.lawyers.com/ ) and (http://trusts-estates.lawyers.com/ )
      • This publisher's website has information for their many self-help books, including retirement and estate planning.
    • Insurance
      • Offers premium comparisons and profiles for insurance companies that can operate in the state.
      • Offers free comparison of premiums from multiple companies plus informational content.

      • Provides information on life, health, auto, and home insurance, including a library of originally authored insurance articles and decision-making tools: company comparisons, ratings, rates, life insurance, car safety and others.
      • Provides information on life, health, auto, and home insurance, including a library of originally authored insurance articles and decision-making tools: company comparisons, ratings, rates, life insurance, car safety and others.

      • Insurance information for consumers covering individual insurance topics as well as industry licensing and regulation.

      • Articles on personal insurance by type of insurance (health, home, car, life, etc.), choosing levels of coverage, how to file claims, get fair treatment, and other consumer issues.  thebalance.com is an About.com brand.

      • Automobile Insurance
        • This site compiles reviews, articles, information and ratings from several major consumer publications sites.
        • This site compiles reviews, articles, information and ratings from several major consumer publications sites.

        • Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America and Trusted Choice provide insurance quotes from major low-cost insurance companies.

      • Health Insurance
        • From a respected organization, this section of their website covers medical insurance and Medicare.
        • Includes coverage of Medicare, Health Reform, and a wide assortment of medical topics.  Very Well Health is connected to About.com.

        • Los Angeles Public Library webpage focusing on health topics, offering links to sources of health information, including those for insurance.
        • Federal government website and online marketplace for finding health insurance coverage. Site is managed by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. For those living in California use the Covered California website.
        • Covering long term care insurance, a large, free site for consumers, created by seventeen major insurance companies.
        • The Medicare Rights Center is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs and public policy initiatives. Hotline: 1-800-333-4114.

        • The official U.S. Government site for Medicare information.
        • The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is part of the U.S. Dept. of Labor. This page offers extensive information about health benefit plans, including legal rights and frequently asked questions.

        • The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is part of the U.S. Dept. of Labor. This web site offers free publications and reports covering health plans and retirement plans. Some are written for employees, others for employers. Some also available in Spanish.

        • Official website for Social Security, including information on benefits and rules for retirement, disability, supplemental security income, Medicare.

      • Home Insurance
      • Life Insurance
    • Life Events
      • Financial Literacy
        • AARP is an organization serving those over the age of 50; with helpful articles and useful tools. This section is about managing money:Budgeting & Saving, Credit, Loans & Debt, Insurance, Investing, Estate Planning, Taxes, Scams & Fraud, Low-Income Assistance, Retirement Planning, Social Security, Experts, Money Tools, Financial Services.
        • Includes coverage of benefits, retirement planning, careers and job hunting over 50.
        • Guide from the Los Angeles County Consumer & Business Affairs Center for Financial Empowerment.  This directory is a comprehensive list of organizations that provide a variety of financial well-being services to County residents, including credit building, credit counseling, financial coaching, free tax assistance, homeownership, small business development, etc.

        • The National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®) has advice to plan for life events ranging from joining bank accounts and planning for a baby to teaching kids about money.

        • The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is part of the U.S. Dept. of Labor. This web site offers free publications and reports covering health plans and retirement plans. Some are written for employees, others for employers. Some also available in Spanish.

      • Financial Portals
        • Offers many personal finance and money topics; sites are authored by freelance guides and contributors with experience and background in their fields.  thebalance.com is an About.com brand.

        • Official website for Social Security, including information on benefits and rules for retirement, disability, supplemental security income, Medicare.

    • Motor Vehicles: Buy, Sell
      • Resources to prepare for shopping and selecting an auto loan: includes worksheet on total cost, budgeting, loan choices, and what may be negotiable.

      • A consumer focused source for auto reviews, ratings, pricing information and cost calculators, from an authoritative source.

      • Consumer satisfaction surveys, plus new and used car buying guides, reviews, ratings, videos and photos, from a well-known automotive source.
      • An LAPL Research Guide providing automobile price guides, buying guides, consumer information and related links.
      • A standard pricing guide for new and used cars, with reviews and related information. Also, covers motorcycles, boats, RVs, and manufactured homes.  The website is licensed to use the NADA trademark of the National Automobile Dealers Association.

    • Real Estate: Buy, Sell
      • Home & Real Estate - Government Websites
      • Home Buying/Selling/Owning
        • Contractors
          • Should I hire a contractor? A best site for estimating project cost and how-to guides, with videos and calculators.

          • Should I hire a contractor? Try this site for how-to guides, project shopping, forums, videos and contractor searches.
          • Get rates on loans including home equity, mortgages, high yield savings accounts and CDs.
        • Mortgages
          • Fannie Mae's Reo homes for sale, with home search and financing information.
          • Compares mortgage rates from lenders nationwide, with up to 5 competing lenders from a 200+ lender network.
          • Large site with interest rates, loan and credit information.

          • Information on home buying and refinancing, reverse mortgages, loan rates, calculators, and other topics.

        • Neighborhood
        • Sellers Ready to Deal
          • Where can I find sellers ready to deal? Rated by Money Magazine as Best Site.

    • Retirement: Planning & Saving
      • Retirement & Retirement Planning
        • A section for employees with useful explanations, articles, and tools; they do not sell any 401k products or services. A Babel Fish translator allows translation in several languages.
        • From the website of MarketWatch, part of the Wall Street Journal digital network, information on a wide range of topics, including retirement.
        • https://imealliance.com/default.aspx

        • Site from the private, nonprofit, nonpartisan and noncommercial foundation, National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®). Answers questions in 8 areas relating to retirement decisions: work, Social Security, home & mortgage, insurance, retirement plans, savings & investments, debt, fraud.
        • 401(k) retirement plans, from both an employee and employer/Human Resources perspective that is provided by a major financial organization.
        • This site is from the U.S. Employee Benefits Security Administration, part of the Dept. of Labor. Links to publications, information, and sites from other organizations to promote understanding of the value of saving for retirement and the rules and requirements for retirement savings plans. Resources for employees and employers.
        • The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is part of the Dept. of Labor. This web page provides information about pension and 401(k) plans and guidance about retirement savings.
        • The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is part of the U.S. Dept. of Labor. This web site offers free publications and reports covering health plans and retirement plans. Some are written for employees, others for employers. Some also available in Spanish.

        • Official website for Social Security, including information on benefits and rules for retirement, disability, supplemental security income, Medicare.

      • Retirement Calculators

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