Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – 5th Anniversary

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – 5th AnniversaryConsumer Financial Protection Bureau – 5th Anniversary

The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB) is a independent bureau within the Federal Reserve System that helped empower consumers with the information they need to make financial decisions that are best for them and their families. Created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act), the CFPB  works to promote fairness and transparency for mortgages, credit cards, and other consumer financial products and services.

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Consumers Count: Five years standing up for you
July 21, 2016, marks five years since we opened our doors.

By Zixta Q Martinez – JUL 14, 2016

We want you to join us as we reflect on five years working to ensure that banks, lenders, and other financial companies treat you fairly.

After the 2008 financial crisis, Congress created the CFPB as the only federal agency with the sole mission of protecting consumers in the financial marketplace.

Since we opened our doors, we’ve focused on making the financial marketplace work for consumers. We’ve listened to your complaints about problems with your financial companies, created new consumer protections for financial products and services, and held bad actors accountable for breaking the law. We’ve also created new tools and resources to help you navigate financial decisions, like choosing a mortgage or an auto loan, or deciding at what age to claim Social Security retirement benefits.

In observance of our 5th anniversary, here are five ways we’ve made consumers count:

1. Our actions have resulted in $11.7 billion in relief for more than 27 million harmed

2. We’ve handled nearly one million consumer complaints.

3. We’ve empowered millions of consumers to “Know Before You Owe.”

4. We’ve put in place new rules to make the mortgage market safer for you.

5. We’re curbing potentially harmful financial practices with new consumer protections nationwide.

For more: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/blog/consumers-count-five-years-standing-you/

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For more: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/

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North American Leaders Summit 2016

Mexico Pres Peña Nieto, U.S. Pres Obama & Canadian PM Trudeau
Mexico Pres Peña Nieto, U.S. Pres Obama & Canadian PM Trudeau

On June 29. 2016, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will host President Barack Obama and Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto at the 2016 North American Leader’s Summit (NALS) to be held in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

This meeting  built on wide-ranging and ongoing cooperation among the United States, Canada, and Mexico with a particular focus on economic competitiveness, energy and the environment, and defence and security cooperation. They will also have the opportunity to exchange views on a number of important regional and global security issues.

Canada, the U.S. and Mexico have a successful history of cooperation on environmental issues. This cooperation includes efforts to safeguard North America’s natural resources and ecosystems, as well as efforts to address the global challenges posed by climate change.

The United States, Canada and Mexico celebrate successful cooperative agreements like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC) , the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) which safeguards the natural resources of North America.

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President Obama’s Travel Itinerary

President Obama is greeted by Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

President Obama and Mexico’s President Pena Nieto hold bilateral meeting
Canadian Galleries, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada

President Obama, Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau and Mexico’s President Pena Nieto participates in the Trilateral North American Leaders Summit Meeting
Canadian Galleries, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

President Obama participates in a North American leaders family photo
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

President Obama, Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau and Mexico’s President Pena Nieto hold a working lunch
Garden Court, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

President Obama, Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau and Mexico’s President Pena Nieto hold a press conference
Great Hall, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

President Obama is greeted by Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau
Peace Tower Entrance, Centre Block, Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

President Obama and Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau hold bilateral meeting
Cabinet Room, Centre Block, Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

President Obama addresses The Canadian Parliament
House of Commons Chamber, Centre Block, Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

President Obama participates in an Embassy meet and greet
Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

 

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June 29, 2016
North American Leaders’ Summit 2016
National Gallery of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016

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GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP SUMMIT 2016

UNITED STATES TO HOST 7TH ANNUAL GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP SUMMIT

When we connect global entrepreneurs with the access and exchange needed to create and innovate, we unleash their power to change the world.

A clear example of this is found in Silicon Valley where thousands of firms have achieved success. With that in mind, what better place to gather entrepreneurs at all stages of business development for the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES)?  This Summit will be the 7th installment in a series previously hosted by the United States and the governments of Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Morocco, and Kenya.  In bringing the Summit back to the United States, President Obama highlights his commitment to building bridges that help us tackle global challenges together.

GES 2016 aims to showcase inspiring entrepreneurs and investors from around the world creating new opportunities for investment, partnership, and collaboration; connect American entrepreneurs and investors with international counterparts to form lasting relationships; and highlight entrepreneurship as means to address some of the most intractable global challenges.

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June 22-24, 2016
2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit
Stanford University, Palo Alto, California

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Live Stream: http://www.ges2016.org/live/

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Continuing U.S. Economic Progress

https://twitter.com/WhiteHouse/status/738097415287250946.

Economic Situation:

United States of America Annual Gross Domestic Product

Year    U.S. GDP
2005  $13,093,700,000,000
2006  $13,855,900,000,000
2007  $14,477,600,000,000
2008  $14,718,600,000,000
2009  $14,418,700,000,000
2010  $14,964,400,000,000
2011  $15,517,900,000,000
2012  $16,163,200,000,000
2013  $16,768,100,000,000
2014  $17,555,000,000,000

Unemployment 2008- Sept 2014

President Obama Is Returning to Elkhart

MAY 24, 2016 AT 9:00 PM ET BY MELANIE GARUNAY

President Obama is returning to Elkhart, Indiana, the first city he visited as President, to highlight the economic progress we’ve made and the promise he kept.

Just three weeks into my presidency, I made a promise to the people of Elkhart, Indiana.

It was the first city I visited as President. Folks there had been hit harder by the recession than almost anywhere else in America. The unemployment rate was on its way to nearly twenty percent. Companies that had sustained that community for years were shedding jobs at an alarming speed — and hardworking families were losing their homes and health care along with those jobs.

When I spoke to the people of Elkhart in February of 2009, I promised them that if we worked together, we could pull that community and this country out of the depths of recession — that we could not only recover, but put ourselves on a better, stronger course.

Today, thanks to the hard work of people in Elkhart and in communities across the country, America has recovered from crisis and we’re on the cusp of resurgence.

That’s why I’m going back to Elkhart next Wednesday — to highlight the economic progress we’ve made and discuss the challenges that remain.

The story of Elkhart’s recovery is the story of America’s recovery.

Today, Elkhart’s manufacturing industry is back, and the town has regained nearly all of the jobs it lost during the downturn. The unemployment rate is lower than it was before the recession, and lower than the national average. In Indiana, more people have health insurance, and fewer homeowners are underwater.

This progress is thanks to the effort and determination of Americans like you. And it’s a result of the choices we made as a nation.

We still face some tough economic challenges, there’s no doubt about it. And all of us have to make some very important decisions about where we go from here.

That’s what I’m going to talk about when I return to Elkhart on Wednesday. I hope you’ll tune in.

Thank you,

President Barack Obama

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6/4/16 Weekly Address: Building on America’s Economic Recovery

VOTE SMART & VOTE DEMOCRAT 2016

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3:25 PM ET
President Obama delivers remarks on the economy
Concord Community High School, Elkhart, Indiana

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President Obama participates in a Economic Town Hall hosted by PBS
Concord Community High School, Learner Theater, Elkhart, Indiana

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Summer Food Service Program 2016

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During the school year, many children receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch through the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs.

What happens when school lets out?

Hunger is one of the most severe roadblocks to the learning process. Lack of nutrition during the summer months may set up a cycle for poor performance once school begins again. Hunger also may make children more prone to illness and other health issues. The Summer Food Service Program is designed to fill that nutrition gap and make sure children can get the nutritious meals they need.

Want to help end hunger this  summer? Here are a few ways you can help:

How To Apply

Find meals for children call:

National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE

For the entire article: http://www.summerfood.usda.gov/

Farm to Summer Resources

Local foods and agriculture-based activities at Summer sites can improve the quality and appeal of Summer Meals, address the summer learning and nutrition gap, bolster your Farm to School efforts with year-round programming, and support local and regional food systems all year long. USDA’s Farm to Summer team has a number of resources available for States interested in promoting the use of local foods their sponsors:

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Pres Obama Travels to Vietnam & G7 Japan 2016

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Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Vietnam and Japan

The President will travel to Vietnam and Japan May 21-28, on what will be his tenth trip to Asia. This trip will highlight the President’s ongoing commitment to the U.S. Rebalance to Asia and the Pacific, designed to increase U.S. diplomatic, economic, and security engagement with the countries and peoples of the region.

The President will first visit Vietnam, where he will hold official meetings with Vietnam’s leadership to discuss ways for the U.S.-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership to advance cooperation across a wide range of areas, including economic, people-to-people, security, human rights, and global and regional issues. In Hanoi, the President will deliver a speech on U.S.-Vietnam relations. During meetings and events in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the President will discuss the importance of approving the Trans-Pacific Partnership this year. The President also will meet with members of civil society, the Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative, entrepreneurs, and the business community.

In Japan, the President will participate in his final G-7 Summit in Ise-Shima. This gathering will enable the G-7 leaders to advance common interests across the full range of economic and security priorities and to address pressing global challenges. The President and Prime Minister Abe will meet bilaterally to further advance the U.S.-Japan alliance, including our cooperation on economic and security issues as well as a host of global challenges. Finally, the President will make an historic visit to Hiroshima with Prime Minister Abe to highlight his continued commitment to pursuing the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.

G7 2016 Japan

The Group of 7 (G7) is a group consisting of the finance ministers and central bank governors of seven major advanced economies as reported by the International Monetary FundCanadaFranceGermanyItalyJapan, the United Kingdom, and the United States meeting to discuss primarily economic issues. The European Union is also represented within the G7. The G7 are the seven wealthiest major developed nations by national net wealth, representing more than 64% of the net global wealth ($263 trillion) according to the Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report October 2014. The IMF’s Managing Director usually participates. Recent G7 meetings include that of May 2013 in Aylesbury, United Kingdom with an emergency meeting in The Hague, Netherlands on March 24, 2014. Most recently, there was a meeting in Brussels on June 4, 2014.

The G7’s precursor was the ‘Group of Six’, founded ad hoc in 1975, consisting of finance ministers and central bank governors from FranceWest GermanyItalyJapan, the United Kingdom and the United States, when Giscard d’Estaing invited them for an “informal gathering at the chateau of Rambouillet, near Paris […] in a relaxed and private setting”.  The intent was “to discuss current world issues (dominated at the time by the oil crisis) in a frank and informal manner”.  Canada became the seventh member in 1976, after which the name ‘Group 7’ or G7 was used.  During 1986–87 the G7 with its finance ministers and central bank governors superseded the G5 as the main policy coordination group, particularly following the Louvre Accord of February 1987, agreed by the G5 plus Canada and endorsed by the G7.

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G7

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G7 Summit 2016

Shima, Mie Prefecture,  Japan

On May 26 and 27, Japan will convene the G7 Ise-Shima Summit in Mie Prefecture.

In Ise-Shima, the stage for the G7 Summit, you can find not only Ise Jingu Shrine with a history dating back to time immemorial, but also marvelous natural beauty including the rich sea spreading out before your eyes, islands large and small, and countless inlets. It is a perfect example of our heartland – a place dear to many, away from the bustling cities.

Today, the international community faces numerous challenges. A slowdown in the growth of the global economy, terrorism threatening people’s lives, a surge of refugees, and unilateral changes to the status quo through the use of coercion are all among the challenges affecting the peace and prosperity we enjoy in our daily lives.

The G7 members, which share fundamental values such as freedom, democracy, the rule of law, and human rights, must take a global perspective to provide the most appropriate roadmap for solving these challenges with a clear vision.

The heads of state and government of the Group of Seven (G7) will be meeting at

Key issues they will be addressing include:

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Vietnamese President Tran Pai Quang
Presidential Palace, Hanoi, Vietnam

President Obama attends a State Luncheon hosted by Vietnamese President Tran Pai Quang
Presidential Palace, Hanoi, Vietnam

President Obama and Vietnamese President Tran Pai Quang hold a joint press conference
Presidential Palace, Hanoi, Vietnam

President Obama meets with Vietnamese National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Nguan
International Convention Center, Hanoi, Vietnam

President Obama attends a state luncheon
International Convention Center, Hanoi, Vietnam

President Obama meets with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc
Presidential Palace, Hanoi, Vietnam

President Obama meets with U.S. Embassy Staff
JW Marriott, Hanoi, Vietnam

President Obama meets with civil society and business members
JW Marriott, Hanoi, Vietnam

President Obama delivers remarks
National Convention Center, Hanoi, Vietnam

President Obama travels to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Noibai International Airport, Hanoi, Vietnam

President Obama arrives Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tan Son Nhat Airport, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

President Obama tours the Jade Pagoda
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

President Obama tours DreamPlex
DreamPlex Coworking Space, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

President Obama participates in a Business and Entrepreneurship Event
DreamPlex Coworking Space, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

President Obama delivers remarks to the Vietnamese people
DreamPlex Coworking Space, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

President Obama meets with U.S. Consulate Staff and family members
InterContinental Asiana Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

President Obama participates in a town hall with Vietnamese youth
GEM Center, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

President Obama departs Vietnam en route for Japan
InterContinental Asiana Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

President Obama arrives Japan
Chubu Centrair International Airport,  Tokoname, Aichi, Japan

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President Obama tours the Ise-Jingu Shrine
Ise, Mie, Japan

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Shima Kanko Hotel, Shima, Mie Prefecture,  Japan

President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold a joint press conference
Shima Kanko Hotel, Shima, Mie Prefecture,  Japan

President Obama attends a G7 welcome ceremony
Shima Kanko Hotel, Shima, Mie Prefecture,  Japan

President Obama joins other leaders in G7 session
Shima Kanko Hotel, Shima, Mie Prefecture,  Japan

President Obama joins other leaders in G7 working lunch
Shima Kanko Hotel, Shima, Mie Prefecture,  Japan

President Obama joins other leaders in G7 family photo
Shima Kanko Hotel, Shima, Mie Prefecture,  Japan

President Obama and other world leaders hold a bilateral meetings
Shima Kanko Hotel, Shima, Mie Prefecture,  Japan

President Obama holds a press conference
Shima Kanko Hotel, Shima, Mie Prefecture,  Japan

President Obama joins other leaders in G7 working dinner
Shima Kanko Hotel, Shima, Mie Prefecture,  Japan

President Obama joins other leaders in attending a cultural performance for the leaders
Shima Kanko Hotel, Shima, Mie Prefecture,  Japan

President Obama departs Shima, Mie Prefecture for Hiroshima
Chubu Centrair International Airport,  Tokoname, Aichi, Japan
President Obama arrives Hiroshima, Japan
Marine Corps Air Station Iwakune, Hiroshima, Japan

President Obama tours the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima, Japan

President Obama deliver remarks Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima, Japan

President Obama participates in a wreath laying ceremony
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima, Japan

President Obama meets with U.S. Service members
Marine Corps Air Station Iwakune, Hiroshima, Japan

President Obama departs Japan enroute for Washington DC
Marine Corps Air Station Iwakune, Hiroshima, Japan

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G7 2016
May 23–27, 2016
Shima, Mie Prefecture, Japan

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U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit 2016

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Statement by the Press Secretary on the U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit

President Obama will host the leaders of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden at the White House for a U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit on May 13, 2016.  This event follows the convening of Nordic leaders during the President’s trip to Sweden in September 2013.

This summit will be an opportunity to continue our close collaboration with the Nordic countries on a range of issues, including countering terrorism and violent extremism, protecting the environment, coordinating on Arctic issues, promoting the Global Health Security Agenda, advancing sustainable development, enhancing nuclear security, providing humanitarian assistance, and addressing the migration and refugee crisis in a humane and orderly way.

This summit will deepen U.S.-Nordic cooperation while highlighting America’s continued commitment to European security, trans-Atlantic trade, and the promotion of common democratic values.  The President and Mrs. Obama will host the Nordic leaders for a State Dinner on the evening of May 13.

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U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit 2016

President Obama welcomes  His Excellency Sauli Niinistö, President of the Republic of Finland; Her Excellency Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway; His Excellency Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden; His Excellency Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark; and His Excellency Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, Prime Minister of the Republic of Iceland to the White House for a U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit
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President Obama and the leaders of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden hold meetings at The U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit
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President Obama the leaders of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden delivers remarks at The U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit
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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host the leaders of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden at The U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit State Dinner
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May 13, 2016
President Obama hosts U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit
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