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Can Your Cellphone Break Your Credit Card?

Can Your Cellphone Break Your Credit Card?

Can Your Cellphone Break Your Credit Card?

When you hand your credit card to a cashier, you expect it to work. It’s a reasonable assumption, but plenty of consumers have had the experience of swiping a card multiple times to no avail. For some reason, the reader won’t recognize your card — it might happen once in a while, repeatedly at the same… Read More

6 Smart Ways to Use a Credit Card

6 Smart Ways to Use a Credit Card

6 Smart Ways to Use a Credit Card

We all know the dumb ways to use a credit card, such as getting into debt and racking up fees by missing payments. Nevertheless, there are still plenty of smart ways to use a credit card. Used wisely, credit cards can be a secure and convenient method of payment that offers valuable rewards. Here are six of… Read More

All Eyes on Apple’s iWallet

All Eyes on Apple’s iWallet

All Eyes on Apple’s iWallet

Regardless of which Apple rumor du jour you choose to believe, all indications are that Apple will unveil its new iWallet mobile payments solution Tuesday. But don’t throw away your real wallet anytime soon.  Cash is still king. Sure, making payments using your iPhone is “cool” – particularly for millennials and those want to prove… Read More

3 Credit Cards That Reward You for Being Responsible

3 Credit Cards That Reward You for Being Responsible

3 Credit Cards That Reward You for Being Responsible

One reason many people dislike credit cards is that often, they impose harsh interest rates and fees when cardholders carry debt or miss payments. For example, most cards charge a late payment fee equal to the minimum payment or $25, whichever is less, and up to $35 for subsequent late payments. In addition, cardholders who pay… Read More

The Credit Card Mistake That’s Costing Millennials

The Credit Card Mistake That’s Costing Millennials

The Credit Card Mistake That’s Costing Millennials

Using a credit card is one of the easiest ways to build credit — you can get a credit card even if you have poor credit — but there are plenty of misconceptions about how best to do that. A common myth involves carrying a balance — that’s not paying your statement in full after each billing period, meaning… Read More

The Best Money I Ever Borrowed

The Best Money I Ever Borrowed

The Best Money I Ever Borrowed

What’s the best money you’ve ever spent? Research shows that for most of us, money spent on experiences generates the most happiness. But is that worth borrowing money? In some cases, the answer may be yes. We asked people what was the best thing they had ever bought with credit, and got an array of… Read More

Credit Card Companies Warned of Deceptive Balance Transfer Offers

Credit Card Companies Warned of Deceptive Balance Transfer Offers

Credit Card Companies Warned of Deceptive Balance Transfer Offers

Some credit card issuers are misleading consumers about the real cost of balance transfers and low-interest promotions, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced Wednesday. The agency did not name any culprits, but issued a general bulletin alerting banks that they risk inviting an enforcement action if the deceptive marketing continues. In its bulletin, the bureau… Read More

What Do Your Credit Card Numbers Mean?

What Do Your Credit Card Numbers Mean?

What Do Your Credit Card Numbers Mean?

Most Americans carry around some sort of credit or debit card, embossed with a 15- or 16-digit card number on the front. But what exactly do those numbers mean? Are they sequential, random or do they follow some other type of pattern? It turns out that there is meaning behind those numbers. Looking at the first… Read More

America’s Favorite Credit Card Issuers

America’s Favorite Credit Card Issuers

America’s Favorite Credit Card Issuers

Consumer satisfaction with credit card issuers is at an all-time high, with cardholders’ opinions heavily swayed by the way an issuer handles fraud and data breaches. These are among the many findings in the 2014 J.D. Power U.S. Credit Card Satisfaction Study, which named American Express and Discover as the issuers with the most satisfied… Read More

I Got a Credit Card Offer in the Mail. Now What?

I Got a Credit Card Offer in the Mail. Now What?

I Got a Credit Card Offer in the Mail. Now What?

Perhaps you just received a credit card offer in the mail, or were handed one in the airport, or at the cash register in your favorite store. So now that you have this offer, what should you do with it? You may not come by credit card offers every day, but there is no shortage of… Read More

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