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Having incensed customers, inspired nationwide consumer protests, and inadvertently given community banks and credit unions a bonanza of free marketing opportunities, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase and SunTrust Banks Inc., are dumping monthly debit card fees. BofA was supposed to begin its much-maligned $5-a-month fee for debit card use in 2012, but after... Read More
Why pay more? We hear that a lot—it is the tag line of many store sales and a popular phrase among car dealership ads. We love the idea that we might be able to save a few dollars, yet we are probably spending more. Consider this research finding: McDonald’s customers spend 47% more when they... Read More
Earlier this year, MasterCard reportedly floated an idea to a group of ad executives regarding online ad targeting—the company was looking at ways a person’s credit card purchase history might be used as a basis for ad customization. According to The Wall Street Journal, MasterCard has shelved the proposal, which it shared with at least... Read More
Capital One has introduced Spark, a new sub-brand of small business cards. These cards replace the popular “No Hassle” and “Venture” business card brands. There are six new cards: Capital One Spark Miles for Business Capital One Spark Cash for Business Capital One Spark Miles Select for Business Capital One Spark Cash Select for Business... Read More
The average credit card debt per household that has credit card debt in this country is close to $16,000, according to the Federal Reserve. In some families it’s even more. So, how to deal? How to cope? Here are some steps. Get Honest. Don’t ignore your debt. Don’t pretend it doesn’t exist. Face the truth... Read More
If you’re spending a lot of money every month on credit card interest, transferring your balance to a new card with a zero percent interest probably sounds enticing. But is it right for you? Probably, but not necessarily, says Beverly Harzog, Credit.com’s credit card expert. Switching cards is not as simple as it sounds. And... Read More
Just weeks after a law that limits debit card swipe fees fully took effect, a bipartisan effort in Congress is moving to repeal it. Representatives Bill Owens (D-N.Y.) and Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) announced Wednesday that they are introducing a bill to overturn the Durbin Amendment, which has become the center of an ongoing controversy over... Read More
Credit cards are getting to be a little like cars. There always seems to be new models of the proven brands. I’ve always liked the Chase Freedom card and now there’s a “new model” that you might want to take for a test drive if you need a new cash back card. The Chase Freedom... Read More
In a few months, you’ll be able to buy a Subway sandwich with the tap of a smartphone. MasterCard announced recently that the restaurant chain will install contactless PayPass payment devices at more than 7,000 Subways across the country. To make a purchase, customers will simply tap their smartphone against the device. They will also... Read More
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