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Consumer protection

Consumer Protection

Laws and Agencies that Provide Financial Safeguards

Big ideas


  • Credit and debt can be used to achieve personal financial goals

  • Consumer protection laws provide financial safeguards

What rights do you think you have as a consumer

What rights do you think you have as a consumer?

Consumer protection laws

Consumer Protection Laws

  • Federal, state and local laws provide safeguards for personal finances

  • Laws are monitored and enforced by different government organizations

    • Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

    • Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

    • Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

Securities and exchange commission

Securities and Exchange Commission

  • Regulates the buying and selling of stock

  • Monitors brokerage firms and stock exchanges

  • Investigates possible “wrong doing” in regards to the trading of stocks and securities

  • A large government bureaucracy

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Securities and Exchange Commission

  • Investigates potential manipulation of the market

    • “Well-timed” sales of stock

    • Often referred to as “insider trading”

      • When a stock holder has “inside” knowledge about the future of a particular stock’s value

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Securities and Exchange Commission

Not all actions on the stock market are legal

Rules and regulations are based on Acts passed by Congress

Federal trade commission

Federal Trade Commission

  • Provide financial safeguards

  • Includes the Bureau of Consumer Protection

    • Protects consumers against unfair, deceptive or fraudulent practices

    • Enforces consumer protection laws enacted by Congress

    • Regulates financial practices

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Federal Trade Commission

  • Originally created as a way for the federal government to engage in “Trust Busting”

  • Still enforces antitrust regulations

  • Protects consumers from fraud

Consumer product safety commission

Consumer Product Safety Commission

  • Issues recalls on products available for purchase

    • NOT food (FDA)

  • Publishes information about product safety

  • Publishes annual list of “safe holiday toys”

Other organizations

Other Organizations

Better Business Bureau

Ohio Consumer’s Council

“Residential utilities consumer advocate”

Educates consumers about utility issues

Acts as a representative for Ohio residents in court against utility companies

Electric, Water, Natural Gas, Telephone

Allows a person to:

Research companies

File a complaint about a company

Provide information about types of scams

Is both national and local – Cleveland has a branch

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