The Debt Diet Challenge Week 15: Paying Down, Paying Off

Managing Debt

The Debt Diet Challenge Week 15: Paying Down, Paying Off

The Debt Diet Challenge Week 15: Paying Down, Paying Off

This is our weekly installment of The Debt Diet Challenge, in which we follow the progress of participants selected to take Jean Chatzky’s Debt Diet as they work to get themselves out of debt and on track to a better financial future. Every week, the participants blog about their experiences with the program. Here are… Read More

More Help for Underwater Homeowners

Mortgages

More Help for Underwater Homeowners

More Help for Underwater Homeowners

The Obama administration announced Monday that it will overhaul the federal program aimed at helping people avoid foreclosure. The changes will make it easier for more people to qualify for the Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP), and scrap barriers that lenders complained made it financially difficult for them to participate. “We know that there are… Read More

Companies Consider Credit Card Purchase Data for Ad Targeting

Credit Cards

Companies Consider Credit Card Purchase Data for Ad Targeting

Companies Consider Credit Card Purchase Data for Ad Targeting

Earlier this year, MasterCard reportedly floated an idea to a group of ad executives regarding online ad targeting—the company was looking at ways a person’s credit card purchase history might be used as a basis for ad customization. According to The Wall Street Journal, MasterCard has shelved the proposal, which it shared with at least… Read More

Guide to Travel Insurance: Medical Evacuation Coverage

Personal Finance

Guide to Travel Insurance: Medical Evacuation Coverage

Guide to Travel Insurance: Medical Evacuation Coverage

Say you’re planning an ocean cruise, an African safari, or some other trip that will place you hundreds of miles away from the nearest hospital. What happens if you need medical attention immediately? The way to address this fear may seem simple: Buy travel insurance. Your credit card company may sell travel insurance, and many… Read More

Capital One’s New Spark Business Cards

Credit Cards

Capital One’s New Spark Business Cards

Capital One’s New Spark Business Cards

Capital One has introduced Spark, a new sub-brand of small business cards. These cards replace the popular “No Hassle” and “Venture” business card brands. There are six new cards: Capital One Spark Miles for Business Capital One Spark Cash for Business Capital One Spark Miles Select for Business Capital One Spark Cash Select for Business… Read More

5 Annoying Bank Fees, and How to Beat Them

Personal Finance

5 Annoying Bank Fees, and How to Beat Them

5 Annoying Bank Fees, and How to Beat Them

Photo by Nick Ares Ever since Bank of America announced it would charge customers $5 a month to use their debit cards, and Citibank said it would charge more people minimum balance fees, lots of people have been writing into Credit.com’s message forums saying that the new fees are outrageous. “It’s time to PROTEST in… Read More

P.T. Barnum’s Art of Money-Getting

Personal Finance

P.T. Barnum’s Art of Money-Getting

P.T. Barnum’s Art of Money-Getting

P.T. Barnum, the great circus showman of the 19th century, is probably best remembered for saying, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” That’s a shame, because he never said it; his competitor did. And as a result of this misattribution, many people think Barnum was nothing but a brash huckster who wasn’t worth learning from…. Read More

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