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Can an Authorized Credit Card User Hurt Your Credit?

Can an Authorized Credit Card User Hurt Your Credit?

Can an Authorized Credit Card User Hurt Your Credit?

These days, many consumers are quite aware of the role their credit score plays in their daily life, as it can affect everything from their credit qualifications to the interest rates and fees they face on various accounts in their name. But one critical misstep many consumers make, particularly if they have kids in their... Read More

Consumers Give Uncle Sam Their Comments on Prepaid Cards

Consumers Give Uncle Sam Their Comments on Prepaid Cards

Consumers Give Uncle Sam Their Comments on Prepaid Cards

Earlier this month the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced plans to regulate prepaid cards.  The CFPB is a relatively new regulatory agency created through the Dodd-Frank federal financial reform law and is focused on helping protect consumers in the financial services space. They are seeking consumer input (as well as input from industry entities)... Read More

Americans Continue to Cut Their Credit Card Debt

Americans Continue to Cut Their Credit Card Debt

Americans Continue to Cut Their Credit Card Debt

Millions of consumers changed their credit card behaviors as a result of the financial concerns brought on by the recent recession, and the result of those new attitudes toward carrying debt is still being reflected as the economy makes significant improvements. The amount of credit card debt carried by the average American has declined significantly... Read More

Some Colleges Forcing Students Into Fee-Heavy Prepaid Cards

Some Colleges Forcing Students Into Fee-Heavy Prepaid Cards

Some Colleges Forcing Students Into Fee-Heavy Prepaid Cards

In recent years there has been a lot of scrutiny for credit card lending agreements between financial institutions and colleges across the country. And while many of those have gone away, a new type of partnership seems to have sprung up to take their place. Currently, there are about 900 agreements between card issuers and... Read More

Are Prepaid Cards Taking Over the World?

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

How to Understand the Costs of Your Credit Card

How to Understand the Costs of Your Credit Card

How to Understand the Costs of Your Credit Card

These days, numerous Americans are now receiving significantly increased offers for new credit cards, and in larger volumes. Many may enter into these agreements, though, without carefully considering exactly how much this type of borrowing will cost them in the end. Credit card offers are now coming with extremely attractive terms. Many offer significant rewards... Read More

Overseas Shopping on Credit? Buyer Beware.

Overseas Shopping on Credit? Buyer Beware.

Overseas Shopping on Credit? Buyer Beware.

On a trip to Izmir, Turkey last November, Kathy Worley spent nearly $3000 for a silk rug. At least she thought she was buying a silk rug. After returning home, a conversation with a retired Turkish rug merchant led her to believe she may have been misled about the rug’s authenticity. “He said that a... Read More

Is Using Your Credit Card to Save on Gas Smart?

Is Using Your Credit Card to Save on Gas Smart?

Is Using Your Credit Card to Save on Gas Smart?

These days, the cost for a gallon of gas is well above $4 per gallon in many parts of the country, and that’s having a significant negative impact on consumers’ family budgets. However, using certain types of rewards credit cards that are now available will typically give borrowers the ability to slash their fuel budgets.... Read More

3 Credit Cards That Just Wanna Have Fun

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

Travel Rewards Credit Cards Are Taking Off

Travel Rewards Credit Cards Are Taking Off

Travel Rewards Credit Cards Are Taking Off

These days, many consumers are looking for ways to increase the value of their credit card accounts in various ways, and one method that has grown increasingly popular is the use of these cards to rack up miles or points that can be used to make travel more affordable. Credit cards that grant consumers airline... Read More

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