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Welcome to the fourth installment of The Best Credit Cards in America. To start the year off on a good note, this is a special “get out of credit card debt” edition. I decided to focus on balance transfers because credit card debt is such a huge problem in the U.S., especially right after the holidays. A very... Read More
Taxes aren’t due this year until April 17 but already readers are asking: Should I pay my taxes with my credit card? Or better yet, a rewards credit card? I’m all for maximizing cash back, miles, or points, but if you pay your taxes with a credit card, you have to pay a convenience fee,... Read More
While the nation’s largest credit card issuers have drastically increased the value and number of offers they send to consumers in recent months, experts say that issuers could soon have some serious competition. Federal credit unions could be stepping up their game against major credit card lenders in the U.S., as they’re able to offer... Read More
Every consumer’s financial situation is unique, but when seeking out a new credit card, many may be faced with the same questions. Many credit card offers are very generous these days, and it may leave consumers wondering whether they’re better off accepting a card that gives them a low ongoing interest rate, or one that... Read More
In the past, consumers who had concerns about charges or fees that had been added to their credit card accounts were able to take their lenders to court to dispute them. But thanks to a new ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court, this is typically no longer the case. The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled... Read More
If you’re like a lot of Americans these days, you’re looking for a new credit card that allows you to earn benefits while you spend. And in that case, you’re probably on the lookout for the best available rewards credit card. However, because each person across the country is in a unique financial situation and... Read More
I think consumers deserve a T-shirt that says: I survived 2011. Even if you emerged from 2011 financially bruised and in debt, you’re alive and kicking. And you have reason to be optimistic because I think that 2012 will be a better year for consumers than 2011. Now, we’re not back to having a robust... Read More
We often hear from readers who are concerned about the effect that closing or opening a new account will have on their credit scores. Q: I had a store card that had a $2000 credit limit with no balance. It was closed by the issuer due to inactivity. Can this hurt my credit score? I... Read More
One of the first factors you may look for when shopping around for a credit card is a low interest rate. And if you’re in the market for a low APR credit card, you may be dismayed to find that they are fewer and farther between in recent years. Many lenders have started raising interest... Read More
I wanted to title this piece, “Lessons from someone who has 50+ credit cards, a great credit score, and hasn’t paid interest on a credit card balance in fifteen years.” But since that’s a little long, I’ll stick with the shorter title. This article is an excerpt from a recent interview with Scott Bilker, founder... Read More
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