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A list of news releases related to consumer protection and education.

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  • Are You Financially Smarter than an 11th Grader?
    April 08, 2014 - Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Goes Head-to-Head with Local High School Students in a Financial Smarts Throwdown on April 9
  • Planning for Retirement Can Lead Americans toward a Financially Secure Future
    April 08, 2014 - Studies show that Americans are not saving nearly enough for retirement. If that isn’t enough, during the course of their working years a unique set of challenges has emerged, including changes in employee benefits, longer life spans, uncertainty with Social Security and Medicare, as well as planning for long-term health care. As a result, preparing for and financing one’s retirement is more complex, and more Americans are tackling these decisions themselves.
  • Commerce Commissioner, AccountAbility Minnesota Share Tips with Consumers to make Tax Time a Money Moment for Financial Capability Month
    April 03, 2014 - Tax season can be a valuable, once-a-year opportunity, to evaluate finances and start saving. As part of Financial Capability Month, Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman is joined by AccountAbility Minnesota Executive Director Tracy Fischman in this installment of the Minutes with Mike podcast series, to lend insight on taxes and saving to stay on the right financial path.
  • Governor Dayton and the Mayor of BizTown Proclaim April Financial Capability Month
    April 02, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – For its 4th year, Financial Literacy Month in Minnesota is getting a new name – on April 1, 2014, Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed April as Financial Capability Month.
  • Commerce reminds consumers – deadline for purchasing health coverage is March 31, visit Commerce Website for tips to help understand insurance
    March 24, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – Open Enrollment will be ending on March 31, 2014, and if you have put off purchasing health insurance now is the time to explore your options and purchase coverage. Open enrollment is the specific time of the year that someone can buy or change their insurance coverage, the next open enrollment period will begin on November 15, 2014. Buying a plan during open enrollment is the best way to ensure that you have coverage if you get sick to protect yourself or your family financially.
  • Commerce reminds consumers – deadline for purchasing health coverage is March 31, visit Commerce Website for tips to help understand insurance
    March 24, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – Open Enrollment will be ending on March 31, 2014, and if you have put off purchasing health insurance now is the time to explore your options and purchase coverage. Open enrollment is the specific time of the year that someone can buy or change their insurance coverage, the next open enrollment period will begin on November 15, 2014. Buying a plan during open enrollment is the best way to ensure that you have coverage if you get sick to protect yourself or your family financially.
  • Commerce Department Takes Action against Scam Mortgage Company
    March 24, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce filed an order to show cause and statement of charges against Mortgage Investors Corporation, also known as Veterans Information Department, www.usmilitarymortgage.com, www.verteranhomeloans.com, and www.veteransmtg.com for allegedly engaging in fraudulent, deceptive, and dishonest practices to refinance veterans’ residential mortgage loans in violation of Minnesota law.
  • Department of Commerce, BBB warn of salespeople pitching energy savings from radiant barriers
    March 21, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources and the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota have issued an alert to consumers who are considering the purchase of radiant barriers in their attics. Both Commerce and the BBB have received numerous reports of salespeople pitching the radiant barrier product at free dinners throughout Minnesota.
  • Minnesota Recognizes Flood Awareness Week, Commerce Reminds Consumers to Plan Ahead to Weather the Storm
    March 20, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – The first day of spring signals the beginning of severe weather season – floods, thunderstorms, and tornadoes. Consumers who have experienced the devastation of a natural disaster, forcing families and businesses to clean up and file insurance claims, understand the importance of planning ahead.
  • Commerce Department Files Statement of Charges in Senior Fraud Swindle Case
    March 19, 2014 - SAINT PAUL, MN – Late yesterday, the Minnesota Department of Commerce filed an order to show cause and statement of charges against Barbara Stark and Susan Walker, former Ameriprise Financial Services agents. The outcome will determine civil penalties and other disciplinary actions. The statement of charges alleges that Stark and Walker financially exploited vulnerable adults and elderly consumers by engaging in a willful pattern of stealing the retirement accounts of their victims to fund a lavish lifestyle that included multiple vacations, payments for a Lexus, private school tuition and rent.
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