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If you were thinking of applying for a new cash-back credit card in the coming months, your list of options just got a little longer. Chase plans to offer a new Chase Freedom Unlimited credit card that offers more rewards on base purchases than the current cards in its lineup. The new card allows cardholders... Read More
Is your credit so bad you get pre-declined credit card offers in the mail? OK, that’s a joke — a bad joke — but bad credit is obviously no laughing matter. It can keep you from accomplishing your personal financial goals, and it can be expensive. People with bad credit typically pay higher interest rates,... Read More
An ample credit limit can give you lots of spending power and flexibility, so it’s understandable why a person may be looking to get a higher one. Still, if you’re one of them, be sure you can handle more available credit first. Credit cards are best leveraged by paying your balance off in full each month. Otherwise, interest... Read More
Visa has released data showing adoption of Visa chip cards by U.S. banks and merchants is gathering steam. But the capacity for Europay-Mastercard-Visa (EMV) chip cards to swiftly and drastically reduce payment card fraud in the United States is by no means assured. Just look north to Canada, where EMV cards have been in wide... Read More
Credit card issuers have to let you know at least 45 days in advance that your annual percentage rate (APR) is going to rise, thanks to a law change in 2009. But the heads up doesn’t exactly take the sting out of knowing that your credit card balances are about to get more expensive, particularly if you’re... Read More
Business owners use business credit cards for many reasons. For starters, using a business credit card allows people to separate their personal and work expenses, which can make it easier to organize finances and manage bookkeeping. Business credit cards also have some nice perks that consumer credit cards may not offer, making them handy tools... Read More
As the economy strengthens and the housing market heats up, many Americans are becoming new homeowners. Moving into a new house is a big deal, but it’s just the first step to making a home. You’ll still need to buy furniture, window coverings, or decor and possibly even pay for renovations. For many new homeowners, the right credit card... Read More
Get ready for a whole new type of “auto” pay. Visa announced earlier this week that it is developing new technology that would effectively turn your car into a credit card — at least when it comes to paying for gas and parking. The issuer is currently teaming up with Honda and Park Whiz to test out two... Read More
Certain credit card debtors are in for some relief. Citibank has agreed to provide nearly $16 million in consumer relief and forgo collecting on about $34 million in debt held by nearly 7,000 cardholders as part of two enforcement actions taken by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The CFPB consent orders, released on Tuesday, allege that,... Read More
New parents certainly have a lot on their minds — and a laundry list of purchases they need to make that may be weighing down their wallet (I should know — I’m currently awaiting the imminent arrival of my third child). A good credit card can help make life with a new baby a little bit easier,... Read More
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