How government financial reform can help you -- or hurt you

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As the House and Senate attempt to merge their respective financial reform bills, the Consumer Federation of America has published a consumer's guide to help people outside Washington make sense of the competing proposals.

The much-anticipated bill represents the most sweeping financial reform since the Great Depression. The CFA's consumer guide highlights key provisions of both bills and indicates how American consumers will benefit from the measures it supports.