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When it comes to reining in the abusive practices of financial institutions, there is a new sheriff in town. It’s called the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and their sights seem clearly focused on abuses within the credit card industry. In July, the agency compelled Capital One to pay $210 million to settle charges that customers... Read More
Anyone who travels regularly has witnessed the following scene: An airline is preparing an aircraft for departure that seats over 200 people, using a boarding area that can comfortably accommodate only a fraction of the passengers. Throw in some delays for weather or mechanical failures, and the mood quickly takes on the air of an... Read More
When it comes to paying extra money for services from their credit cards, many Credit.com readers admit to having mixed feelings. Are things like debt protection, credit monitoring and identity theft protection valuable products? Or are they overpriced services that offer little real value? One reader whose identity was stolen twice now pays for an... Read More
The biggest news this week revolved around a new prepaid debit card being offered by the world’s largest retailer and one of the major credit card issuers. Walmart & AmEx Team Up for Low-Cost Prepaid Card Walmart and American Express recently announced that they were going to release a new prepaid card option specifically targeted... Read More
When Ben and his wife went shopping for a better credit card deal, they started feeling stuck. Could they find lower rates elsewhere? With all the dizzying complexity of credit card offers and contracts, they couldn’t figure it out. “I was talking about our credit card interest rates with my wife recently and wondering if... Read More
A lot of attention has been paid to the cost of prepaid and traditional debit cards in recent years, and now the nation’s largest retail chain is partnering with a major financial institution to create a competitive entry into that market. Walmart and American Express recently announced that they were going to release a new... Read More
Passengers are used to hearing flight attendants give safety briefings and warn of the perils of using their smartphones below 10,000 feet. But in recent years, flight attendants have added a new in-flight announcement to their repertoire: the credit card sales pitch. It’s a bit jarring the first time you hear the pitch and see... Read More
While many consumers may not know it, there is a price merchants pay for accepting all debit and credit card purchases, and these have been serious points of contention in the last few years. Just one year ago, the federal government put a limit of 21 cents per purchase for every debit card transaction handled... Read More
The biggest news in the financial world this week was the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s enforcement action with American Express. AmEx to Refund $85 Million to Consumers The CFPB announced this week that American Express would follow in the footsteps of Discover and be required to refund customers who purchased credit card products due to... Read More
American Express agreed to pay $85 million to 250,000 customers, plus another $27.5 million in fines, to settle accusations that its subsidiaries repeatedly violated consumer protection laws. The settlement, announced Monday, ends illegal practices including deceptive advertising and age discrimination that lasted for nearly a decade. The “laws were violated at all stages of the... Read More
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