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  • California exchange's health insurance rates to increase 4% in 2015

    California exchange's health insurance rates to increase 4% in 2015
    Heading into the second year of Obamacare healthcare coverage, California officials said more than 1.2 million consumers in the state-run insurance exchange can expect modest price increases of 4.2% on average next year. Covered California on Thursday...
  • University of Illinois has 100-year history of interaction with China

    University of Illinois has 100-year history of interaction with China
    Walk around the campus of Tsinghua University, one of the top schools in China, and you may feel like you're at the University of Illinois. There's the stately Grand Auditorium, which looks remarkably similar to Foellinger Auditorium on U. of I.'s...
  • Young diners a fast-food challenge

    Most consumers will tell you they prefer fresh, tasty, healthy food over processed, greasy, assembly-line fare. Millennials, though, may be the first generation to back that up with their wallets. Fast-food operators say they are getting increasing...
  • Africa: an investment opportunity [Commentary]

    When President Barack Obama convenes nearly 50 African leaders in Washington next week for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, the grand scale of the event could fill television screens for days. The real action, however, will be the behind-the-scenes,...
  • Banks rake in overdraft fees on small debit card purchases, CFPB finds

    Banks rake in overdraft fees on small debit card purchases, CFPB finds
    The majority of debit card overdrafts are caused by small purchases, resulting in many consumers paying more for overdraft protection than they spent on the transactions that triggered it, according to a study released Thursday by the Consumer Financial...
  • GM, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Nissan see auto sales zoom in July

    GM, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Nissan see auto sales zoom in July
    Automakers posted one of the best months in years for auto sales in July, with General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota and Nissan all reporting big gains. By the time all the numbers are tallied Friday, automakers are expected to have sold around 1.5...
  • More on the survey of top scams and consumer complaints

    If you've had a run-in with a car dealer, a lazy contractor or a credit card company, join the club. Those topics topped the list of consumer complaints reported to agencies nationwide. I mentioned the survey in today's Watchdog column (read it here)....
  • California exchange insurance rates for 2015 draw mixed reaction

    California exchange insurance rates for 2015 draw mixed reaction
    The 4.2% increase in Obamacare insurance rates in California for 2015 announced Thursday drew an enthusiastic reaction from activists and insurers. But there was also some skepticism. "This is a rebuke to all the Obamacare naysayers and political...
  • Early Start To Back-To-School Shopping Season

    Early Start To Back-To-School Shopping Season
    Back-to-school shopping isn't just an end-of-summer activity anymore. Deals on classroom supplies, clothes and electronics started before Fourth of July picnics and close to 40 percent of consumers have already made back-to-school purchases, according...
  • Consumer Reports: Staying Healthy While Traveling

    Travelers lay a lot of groundwork for summer vacations by researching locations, airfares and the best hotel deals, Consumer Reports notes. But planning how to stay healthy (and what to do if they get sick) usually isn't part of their preparation....
  • Consumer Reports: What to look for in luggage

    When it comes to luggage, figuring out what to buy isn't easy, since the selection is enormous, says Consumer Reports. According to the Travel Goods Association, U.S. consumers spent nearly $2.9 billion on luggage in 2013. With countless styles and a vast...