The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston is pleased to host the 21st Annual National Consumer Protection Week Conference: What, Why, and How We Pay plus A preview of the New Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. This symposium for consumer professionals took place on Tuesday, March 22, 2011.Some presentations are available in PDF format.
Registration & Continental Breakfast
|8:45 A.M.||Welcome & Opening Remarks
Lynn E. Browne
The Dodd-Frank Act
Speaker will explain the structure of and authority granted to the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), its mission and purpose, and its intended impact on consumers.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Purpose & Function
New Way to Pay—Via Cell Phone
Consumer Protection Issues in Mobile Payments
Soon we will all have the option to pay at the cash register by simply swiping our cell phones. Speakers will talk about this new payment system and related consumer protection implications.
Why We Pay: Studies of Shopping Behavior
Speaker will highlight some of the changes to federal regulations that impact our regular banking practices.
Luncheon & Presentation
Merchants can now offer discounts for different payment methods. Are surcharges in the future? Speaker will discuss what this could mean for us as consumers in terms of how and how much we pay.
How Coming Discounts Could Lead to Surcharges