This Week in Credit Card News: Many Using Credit Basic Needs

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This Week in Credit Card News: Many Using Credit Basic Needs

This Week in Credit Card News: Many Using Credit Basic Needs

Here are a few credit card highlights from the past week. A study showed that many people are using credit cards just to survive, that people seem to be choosing credit over debit when buying stuff, and that it’s essential to take steps to protect your identity before you ever leave your house. Oh, and... Read More

Are Prepaid Cards Taking Over the World?

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Are Prepaid Cards Taking Over the World?

Are Prepaid Cards Taking Over the World?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced recently that it’s taking a look at regulating the prepaid card industry. This decision has come at a really good time. Although these cards were originally targeted at the unbanked, now the whole world seems to be the target market. There are a few reasons why we’re turning into... Read More

3 Credit Cards That Just Wanna Have Fun

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3 Credit Cards That Just Wanna Have Fun

3 Credit Cards That Just Wanna Have Fun

If your kids aren’t already out of school, they will be soon. And now the fun begins, right? At first, it’s easy keeping everyone busy. But summer lasts a long time and trying to keep families entertained can be a tall order. And even if you don’t have kids, the long, hot days can get... Read More

What’s in Don Draper’s Wallet?

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What’s in Don Draper’s Wallet?

What’s in Don Draper’s Wallet?

It’s sizzling times at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, the fictional ad agency on Mad Men. With all the drinking, dining and carousing going on every week, you just know the characters have to be packing some powerful plastic. Here’s a look at what’s in each character’s wallet. Don Draper: Chase Sapphire Preferred Credit Card You... Read More

This Week in Credit Card News: Medical Costs Causing Credit Card Debt

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This Week in Credit Card News: Medical Costs Causing Credit Card Debt

This Week in Credit Card News: Medical Costs Causing Credit Card Debt

Here are some highlights of what’s been happening in credit card news this week. Unfortunately, it’s not all good news. Many Americans are accumulating credit card debt and it’s not because of a shopping spree. On a more pleasant note, you’ll gain insight into how to use credit cards to save money on vacation costs.... Read More

Credit Quandary: Closing Your Credit Card Account

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Credit Quandary: Closing Your Credit Card Account

Credit Quandary: Closing Your Credit Card Account

Credit card question: I’ve recently paid off credit card debt. Is there any reason I shouldn’t close the account? Answer: This is a question I’ve gotten a lot recently. I’ve heard from people who paid off their credit card debt over time. I’ve also heard from people who paid the debt off after receiving an... Read More

4 Small Business Rewards Credit Cards With No Annual Fees

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4 Small Business Rewards Credit Cards With No Annual Fees

4 Small Business Rewards Credit Cards With No Annual Fees

In honor of National Small Business Week, I’ve selected four business credit cards that offer some really good rewards. And since these cards don’t have annual fees, you get to keep all the rewards you earn. Now, that’s a pretty sweet deal. Just a quick reminder before we dive in: Business credit cards are not... Read More

The Best Store Credit Card: The One You Use Correctly

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The Best Store Credit Card: The One You Use Correctly

The Best Store Credit Card: The One You Use Correctly

When people ask me about store credit cards, I usually say there are better choices for a credit card. The reason? High interest rates. The May 2012 issue of Consumer Reports Money Advisor compared 15 store credit cards and also concluded that the downside is the high interest rates. But as with everything in life,... Read More

Protect Your Elderly Relative From Credit Card Fraud

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Protect Your Elderly Relative From Credit Card Fraud

Protect Your Elderly Relative From Credit Card Fraud

Since May is Older Americans Month, I decided to write about a topic that’s become a real issue in America. It makes me sad to say this, but unfortunately, we live in a world where senior citizens are often the target of financial fraud — elder abuse is a serious problem to watch out for.... Read More

This Week in Credit Card News: New Travel Cards

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This Week in Credit Card News: New Travel Cards

This Week in Credit Card News: New Travel Cards

This past week brought some good news, some bad news and some interesting news. The good news is that credit card delinquency rates are down. Actually, I think that qualifies as fantastic news! The bad news involves skimming at gas pumps and an unintended negative consequence of the Credit CARD Act of 2009. The interesting news is... Read More

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