Debt on the Rise, Except for Home Loans

Mortgages

Debt on the Rise, Except for Home Loans

Debt on the Rise, Except for Home Loans

At the end of the third quarter, Americans owed less to lenders across the board than they did three months earlier. However, that change came despite an increased reliance on student loans, auto financing and credit cards. The total amount owed by consumers to lenders fell to $11.31 trillion between July and September, down $74… Read More

When Your Identity is Tossed Out the Window… Literally

Identity Theft

When Your Identity is Tossed Out the Window… Literally

When Your Identity is Tossed Out the Window… Literally

The scene of the crime is the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Day Parade. This year was spectacular — great entertainment with many new balloons and floats. Fall was in the air and so, too, was the confetti. This year, however, some of it was comprised of  shredded confidential documents, floating to the ground, courtesy of the Nassau… Read More

Criminals Still Rely on Real-World Identity Theft

Identity Theft

Criminals Still Rely on Real-World Identity Theft

Criminals Still Rely on Real-World Identity Theft

Many consumers across the country might know all about the threats they face online when it comes to identity theft and the possibility of losing their personal or financial data. But in truth, the far bigger threat exists in the real world. Crimes related to the theft of wallets, purses, personal identification and computers made… Read More

10 Financial Books to Give as Gifts

Personal Finance

10 Financial Books to Give as Gifts

10 Financial Books to Give as Gifts

At any given time I may have half a dozen books I am reading around the house, ranging from the financial books I often read for work to novels recommended by friends. I love books, so trying to pick ten financial books to recommend as gifts this holiday season is a challenging task, to put… Read More

How the Mobile Wallet Might Impact Your Credit Score

Credit Score

How the Mobile Wallet Might Impact Your Credit Score

How the Mobile Wallet Might Impact Your Credit Score

E-wallets are going mainstream, and as more consumers buy in they should be questioning whether the technology could affect their credit score. Consumers might not see an immediate parallel, but there are a few factors for mobile wallet users to consider. For one, the mobile wallet industry is still young, and the privacy and security… Read More

How to Buy Gift Cards and Maximize Your Rewards

Personal Finance

How to Buy Gift Cards and Maximize Your Rewards

How to Buy Gift Cards and Maximize Your Rewards

For some, gift cards are the perfect present while others find them to be the choice of last resort when they have run out of ideas. However you arrived at your decision to purchase a gift card, you can earn tremendous rewards for yourself when you purchase gift cards using a credit card. Maximizing category… Read More

The Most Searched-For Products for the Holidays

Personal Finance

The Most Searched-For Products for the Holidays

The Most Searched-For Products for the Holidays

Black Friday and Cyber Monday aren’t just a frenzy for shoppers, they’re also holidays for the data-divers out there, who can pinpoint some of the most interesting trends for the holiday season based on what you do online. Bill Tancer, General Manager of Research at Experian Marketing Services and New York Times Bestselling author of “Click:… Read More

Retailers File Swipe-Fee Settlement Appeal

Credit Cards

Retailers File Swipe-Fee Settlement Appeal

Retailers File Swipe-Fee Settlement Appeal

The massive battle over the amount of money charged to merchants by the world’s two largest processors of credit and debit card payments recently hit another bump in the road, as a group of retailers appealed the preliminary approval of the case’s settlement deal. The retail group, made up of 10 organizations, including the National… Read More

Tis the Season for Credit Card Fraud

Identity Theft

Tis the Season for Credit Card Fraud

Tis the Season for Credit Card Fraud

With the holiday season here, many consumers are taking to both the Internet and their favorite stores to get all their shopping done, but experts warn the threat of identity theft, particularly online, looms larger at this time of year. For this reason, consumers should do all they can to make sure that they’re not… Read More

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