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Pay Your Taxes With Plastic? Beware.

Pay Your Taxes With Plastic? Beware.

Pay Your Taxes With Plastic? Beware.

If you’re thinking about paying you taxes with a credit card, hold on a second. Yes, charging your taxes might make sense. Right now, at the height of the tax season, banks are boosting the rewards and frequent flier miles they give to people with good credit, as we reported recently. But a little-known fee… Read More

Looking for a New Credit Card? Compare Frequent Flier Deals.

Looking for a New Credit Card? Compare Frequent Flier Deals.

Looking for a New Credit Card? Compare Frequent Flier Deals.

There’s a race on for good credit card customers, and it’s being run with frequent flier miles. Capital One recently announced a promotion offering up to 100,000 frequent flier miles to people who sign up for its Vantage Visa card, plus another 10,000 miles as a sign-up bonus for new customers. Capital One is pulling… Read More

TransUnion: Eight Million Credit Card Users “Inactive”

TransUnion: Eight Million Credit Card Users “Inactive”

TransUnion: Eight Million Credit Card Users “Inactive”

A new study from TransUnion claims that there are eight million inactive credit card accounts in the U.S. today. The whopping number of inactive accounts likely triggered a 24.6% slide in U.S. credit card delinquency rates, according to the TransUnion study. Financial demographics play a big role, too. Most of those eight million inactive card… Read More

Credit Card Q&A: What’s the Best Credit Card for Cash Back on Gas Purchases?

Credit Card Q&A: What’s the Best Credit Card for Cash Back on Gas Purchases?

Credit Card Q&A: What’s the Best Credit Card for Cash Back on Gas Purchases?

Credit question: What’s the best credit card for cash back on gas purchases? Answer: With gas prices inching upward, I’ve been getting this question a lot. There are really several credit cards that have pretty good cash back offers on gas purchases. One that I particularly like is the Discover Open Road Card – $75… Read More

Credit Networks Commit to Two-Tiered Swipe Fee System

Credit Networks Commit to Two-Tiered Swipe Fee System

Credit Networks Commit to Two-Tiered Swipe Fee System

Payment processing networks Visa, Pulse, Star, Shazam and CU-24, which altogether handle 80 percent of all debit card purchases made in the U.S. every year, say they will allow small banks – those with less than $10 billion in assets – to receive more money from these transactions than their larger competitors, according to a… Read More

Vending Machines Going Cashless

Vending Machines Going Cashless

Vending Machines Going Cashless

Forget the nickels! Cashless payments may be coming soon to a vending machine near you. The majority of vending machine operators plan to add credit or debit card swipers to their machines in 2011, according to a study by Apriva, a company that sells wireless transaction services to the industry. About 57 percent of companies… Read More

Consumers Continue to Cut Credit Card Spending

Consumers Continue to Cut Credit Card Spending

Consumers Continue to Cut Credit Card Spending

After the recession, many consumers recognized the consequences of taking on more credit card debt than they could handle. This awareness may have led a number of individuals to take efforts to spend less on these accounts and drastically reduce their outstanding debts, according to a report from the Mantiowoc, Wisconsin, newspaper the Herald Times… Read More

Renewed Credit Card Use to Cause Boom for E-commerce

Renewed Credit Card Use to Cause Boom for E-commerce

Renewed Credit Card Use to Cause Boom for E-commerce

Currently, e-commerce is worth about $176.2 billion, up about 12.6 percent from the end of 2009. But that number is expected to balloon in the coming years as consumers use their credit cards more often again, according to a report from Media Life Magazine, which cited information from Forrester Research. By the end of 2015,… Read More

3 Reasons You Should Never Get Cash Advances on Your Credit Card

3 Reasons You Should Never Get Cash Advances on Your Credit Card

3 Reasons You Should Never Get Cash Advances on Your Credit Card

It’s just so easy to walk up to an ATM and get the cash you need. If it’s coming out of your checking account, that’s okay. But if you’re getting a cash advance on a credit card, stop right there! I have no idea what loan sharks are charging these days, but I’m guessing that the… Read More

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