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How to Apply for a Credit Card When You’re Unemployed

How to Apply for a Credit Card When You’re Unemployed

How to Apply for a Credit Card When You’re Unemployed

When you’re unemployed, applying for a new credit card is probably one of the last things on your mind. But even when you don’t have a job, you might still need a card for the security, convenience, rewards and benefits it offers. If you’re eyeing a new piece of plastic, read on to learn how to apply for... Read More

7 Unusual Ways to Use Credit Card Rewards

7 Unusual Ways to Use Credit Card Rewards

7 Unusual Ways to Use Credit Card Rewards

Credit card rewards can be extremely valuable, but most people tend to redeem them for some rather boring options. Common credit card rewards include cash back, gift cards, merchandise and travel reservations. Nevertheless, the credit card industry is extremely competitive, and it’s always looking for new and interesting ways for customers to redeem their rewards.... Read More

Are Chip Cards Counterfeit-Proof? Not Exactly

Are Chip Cards Counterfeit-Proof? Not Exactly

Are Chip Cards Counterfeit-Proof? Not Exactly

Computer researchers may have found a flaw in chip-based credit cards. Though the cards are designed to combat fraudulent cloning, apparently there’s a way to rewrite the magnetic strip code so it resembles the standard Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) card. Researchers at the payment technology company NCR presented their findings at the Black Hat computer security... Read More

Why Didn’t I Get the Lowest APR on My Credit Card?

Why Didn’t I Get the Lowest APR on My Credit Card?

Why Didn’t I Get the Lowest APR on My Credit Card?

If you’ve ever scrolled through the terms and conditions of a credit card you are considering — a good idea, by the way — you may have noticed that most issuers quote a range for your annual percentage rate. And if you have good credit (and are a big finance nerd — or, maybe, more pointedly,... Read More

Why You May Start Seeing More Chip Card Readers Soon

Why You May Start Seeing More Chip Card Readers Soon

Why You May Start Seeing More Chip Card Readers Soon

The switch to chip-enabled credit cards last year came with a serious deadline: New rules went into effect in October making merchants more liable for fraud. As is obvious to everyone who’s swiped when they should have inserted their card at a checkout line, the changeover hasn’t gone as smoothly as hoped. So, quietly, the credit card associations have... Read More

Can I Let Someone Else Use My Credit Card?

Can I Let Someone Else Use My Credit Card?

Can I Let Someone Else Use My Credit Card?

It’s all too easy to do — an errand needs to be run, a cost needs to be covered, an ATM is too far away — and, suddenly, you find yourself turning over your credit card to your kid, spouse, friend or family member. It’s a just a one-time thing (or a once-in-a-while thing), sure,... Read More

5 Credit Cards Perfect for New Homeowners

5 Credit Cards Perfect for New Homeowners

5 Credit Cards Perfect for New Homeowners

Summer is a time when many families find themselves moving into a new home. And whether you are a first-time homebuyer or upgrading to a new place, moving presents many challenges. Your new home will likely need furniture, housewares and decor — all at a time when your savings may have been depleted by your... Read More

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