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Consumer Advocate: Simple Phone Hack Exposes Credit Card History

Consumer Advocate: Simple Phone Hack Exposes Credit Card History

Consumer Advocate: Simple Phone Hack Exposes Credit Card History

Using relatively simple techniques, hackers can tap into some banks’ automated telephone customer service lines and determine balances and account histories, according to an investigation by a prominent consumer advocate. “The trouble with this system is that hackers, crooks, suspicious spouses, or nosy neighbors can access your credit card information using the same method the… Read More

Report: CARD Act Helps Consumers and Credit Cards Get Along

Report: CARD Act Helps Consumers and Credit Cards Get Along

Report: CARD Act Helps Consumers and Credit Cards Get Along

Consumers continue to grow happier with their credit cards, and a federal law requiring better transparency and lower rate increases from credit card companies has a lot to do with it, according to a new report by J.D. Power and Associates. Customer satisfaction dropped to 705 on a 1,000-point scale in 2009, when many card… Read More

Credit Card Satisfaction Increases for Second Straight Year

Credit Card Satisfaction Increases for Second Straight Year

Credit Card Satisfaction Increases for Second Straight Year

Americans reportedly feel happier with their credit cards for the second consecutive year, according to the latest annual J.D. Power and Associates U.S. Credit Card Satisfaction Study. On a 1,000-point scale, overall satisfaction jumped to a score of 731 from the 714 in 2010, which itself was an improvement from the 705 in 2009. [Featured… Read More

BofA Gets Out of International Credit Card Business: Why?

BofA Gets Out of International Credit Card Business: Why?

BofA Gets Out of International Credit Card Business: Why?

This week, Bank of America announced it would be dropping its international credit card operations to focus on its core business: American credit cards. The bank’s strategy is clear, says CEO Brian Moynihan. “We have been transforming the company to deliver the franchise to our core customer groups, and building a fortress balance sheet behind… Read More

5 Tips For First-Time Credit Card Users

5 Tips For First-Time Credit Card Users

5 Tips For First-Time Credit Card Users

Obtaining your first credit card in college can make you feel all grow-up. But unless you use it responsibly, it can set your financial life back many years. Here are some tips for managing your credit wisely.

Three Credit Card Lessons from the Downgrade

Three Credit Card Lessons from the Downgrade

Three Credit Card Lessons from the Downgrade

In the past week, the stock market has had more than a few ups and downs. The Fed’s announcement last week that it would keep the federal funds rate near zero for two more years was an attempt to calm fears in the short term. Long term, though, I still think interest rates will climb… Read More

Smartphones Changing the Way You Pay

Smartphones Changing the Way You Pay

Smartphones Changing the Way You Pay

Millions of Americans could see big changes soon in how they get cash, pay bills and manage their money, according to a spate of recent reports by researchers. The biggest and fastest change will happen in regards to the use of mobile phones to pay bills. According to a report published last week by Visiongain,… Read More

Consumers Continue to Make More On-Time Credit Card Payments

Consumers Continue to Make More On-Time Credit Card Payments

Consumers Continue to Make More On-Time Credit Card Payments

Since 2007, all of the 30 largest metropolitan statistical areas in the country have shown improvements in the rate of 60-day credit card delinquencies, but the cities of Cleveland, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Dallas and Houston took the largest strides, according to a new report from the credit monitoring bureau Experian. The former three cities all… Read More

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