Retailers Working Together to Develop Mobile Wallet Platform

Personal Finance

Retailers Working Together to Develop Mobile Wallet Platform

Retailers Working Together to Develop Mobile Wallet Platform

A large number of some of the nation’s largest retailers recently revealed that they would come together in an effort to make a mobile credit card payment system that allows consumers to turn their smartphones into a payment option. Walmart, Target and more than 20 other major retail companies are now working on developing a… Read More

Feds: Big Banks Have Only Themselves to Blame for Robo-Signing

Mortgages

Feds: Big Banks Have Only Themselves to Blame for Robo-Signing

Feds: Big Banks Have Only Themselves to Blame for Robo-Signing

As the mortgage crisis continues to grind on, federal regulators have issued what is arguably their strongest rebuke yet to some of the nation’s largest banks, releasing a report last week finding that leaders of the banks themselves – and not low-level employees or outside law firms – were responsible for faulty foreclosure practices that… Read More

Always Check Your Monthly Statements

Identity Theft

Always Check Your Monthly Statements

Always Check Your Monthly Statements

One of the most important aspects of consumers’ ability to keep their credit healthy and generally protect their finances may be one that gets overlooked these days. The rise in online billing statements and other factors might cause consumers to be less vigilant in regularly checking their monthly financial documents, such as credit card bills… Read More

Money Rules for Life: Credit Is Not The Enemy

Personal Finance

Money Rules for Life: Credit Is Not The Enemy

Money Rules for Life: Credit Is Not The Enemy

Before she became an expert on getting out of debt, before she wrote books and appeared on Good Morning America and Oprah as an expert in personal finance, Mary Hunt owed more than $100,000 on her credit cards. Partly by becoming a self-defined “cheapskate,” Hunt paid off all her debts and her experience became the… Read More

Lenders Pushing No-Frills Cards With Low Rates

Credit Cards

Lenders Pushing No-Frills Cards With Low Rates

Lenders Pushing No-Frills Cards With Low Rates

In recent months, lenders have begun hard pushes to attract both borrowers with low and high credit score by aggressively marketing cardsthat will fit their financial needs. Now, they’re once again pushing cards to those in the middle as well. The number of offers specifically targeted to affluent borrowers, mostly for high-quality rewards cards, or… Read More

4 Credit Cards for Your Spring Break Stay-cation

Credit Cards

4 Credit Cards for Your Spring Break Stay-cation

4 Credit Cards for Your Spring Break Stay-cation

I haven’t gone anywhere on spring break in years. That’s partly because my family and I prefer to take a big vacation in the summer – we’re beach people so we like to take a trip when it’s really, really warm. Another reason, though, is because I have one kid in college and one in… Read More

What’s a Good First Step in Establishing a Credit History?

Credit Score

What’s a Good First Step in Establishing a Credit History?

What’s a Good First Step in Establishing a Credit History?

If you’re in search of a line of credit for the first time in your life, you’re probably going to have a little bit of trouble finding a lender who will grant you a loan or a credit card. That’s because these days, many lenders are very wary of lending to consumers who have limited… Read More

How Can Someone Turn Fair Credit Into Good Credit?

Credit Score

How Can Someone Turn Fair Credit Into Good Credit?

How Can Someone Turn Fair Credit Into Good Credit?

If you’ve taken the time to have a close look at your financial situation and determined that your credit score, while acceptable, isn’t quite where you’d like it to be, you might be wondering about ways you can go about improving it. [Featured Products: Compare credit score, report, and monitoring plans at Credit.com] It’s usually not that difficult to turn a fair credit score into a good one, but… Read More

It’s the Economy, Seamus

Personal Finance

It’s the Economy, Seamus

It’s the Economy, Seamus

I’ve always been a political junkie. Since my earliest days as an observer and later as a participant in all things electoral, the golden rule has not changed: Love thy neighbor’s wallet as though it were your own. Americans “vote their pocketbooks.” I have always accepted it as a truism–doesn’t everybody? Can’t you just hear… Read More

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