Friday, November 27, 2015

H&FF Radio delves into repos, better credit cards

WASHINGTON (4/23/10)--Sunday's H&FF Radio examines the significance of a million-plus repossessed cars, why credit cards from a credit union may be the better choice, how individual development accounts work for people with low and moderate incomes, and how government agencies are cooperating to fight identity theft.

Home & Family Finance airs Sundays at 3 p.m. ET on the Radio America Network. The show also is carried on American Forces Radio Network. The one-hour program devoted to consumer finance issues is brought to you by America's credit unions and their 90 million members, and is presented by CO-OP Network.

The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and Radio America are podcasting Home & Family Finance through iTunes, Podcast Alley, Odeo, and other popular podcast library sites, as well as on Radio America and CUNA's websites.

Sunday's show, which you also can hear later via the Internet, features Paul Berry, Washington, D.C., journalist and broadcaster, discussing these topics with special guests:

  • "Repo Madness." John Van Alst, staff attorney, The National Consumer Law Center, Boston, describes the economic, privacy, and safety issues raised by the estimated 1.9 million cars repossessed last year.

  • "Play Your Cards Right--Consider a Credit Card From a Credit Union." Susan Tiffany, director, consumer periodicals, Credit Union National Association (CUNA), Madison, Wis., presents facts that show a credit card from your credit union might be your best bet because of their lower interest rates and fewer fees.

  • "Weathering the Storm: Have IDAs Helped Low-Income Homebuyers Avoid Foreclosure?" Caroline Radcliffe, senior research associate and economist, The Urban Institute, Washington, D.C., answers questions about eligibility for Individual Development Accounts and whether they are right for people with lower and moderate incomes.

  • "Coordinating Federal Policies on Identity Theft." Linda Foley, founder, Identity Theft Resource Center, San Diego, Calif., covers how the Justice and Treasury Departments, FBI, Federal Trade Commission. and other groups are cooperating to combat identity theft and electronic security breaches.

Home & Family Finance is a resource center for personal finance information at CUNA. The radio show is sponsored by CO-OP Network, the national credit union ATM network; Cabot Creamery Cooperative, maker of award-winning cheddar; and the Defense Credit Union Council and member credit unions, serving those who serve our country worldwide.

For more information, read "Crooks Use High-Tech Scams to Commit Fraud" and "April Financial Fitness Challenge—Play Your Cards Right" in the Home & Family Finance Resource Center.

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