New Cash Back Credit Card for Consumers with Fair Credit

Credit Cards

New Cash Back Credit Card for Consumers with Fair Credit

New Cash Back Credit Card for Consumers with Fair Credit

Capital One’s No Hassle Rewards credit card for fair credit was a card that I frequently recommended for consumers with fair credit. That card, though, has been replaced with an “average credit” version of the Capital One Cash Credit Card. I like seeing offers for those with fair credit because this group often gets forgotten…. Read More

The FBI Plans to Track Your Tweets

Personal Finance

The FBI Plans to Track Your Tweets

The FBI Plans to Track Your Tweets

The FBI is asking tech companies to help it monitor people who use Facebook, Twitter, blogs and other social media. In a request for information posted on its website in mid-January, the bureau asks for help creating software that would monitor social media websites for potential threats, and immediately report them back to the bureau’s… Read More

PayPal Shifts Strategy, Now Available at Home Depot

Personal Finance

PayPal Shifts Strategy, Now Available at Home Depot

PayPal Shifts Strategy, Now Available at Home Depot

One of the best-known online payment processors in the world recently made the decision that it would not focus on developing a tap-to-pay service for mobile phones, and would instead focus on expanding itself into the world of brick-and-mortar retail. PayPal, the online payment processor owned by eBay, recently announced plans to start edging itself… Read More

The Best Low-Cost, Balance Transfer Credit Card Right Now

Credit Cards

The Best Low-Cost, Balance Transfer Credit Card Right Now

The Best Low-Cost, Balance Transfer Credit Card Right Now

Chase has sweetened the deal on the Slate from Chase: No Balance Transfer Fee credit card. The zero percent intro period has been extended from 12 months to 15 months. I rarely see a balance transfer card that waives the fee and gives an intro period longer than a year. This is a good deal,… Read More

More Confusion Over the 1099-C

Personal Finance

More Confusion Over the 1099-C

More Confusion Over the 1099-C

The last few weeks we’ve been flooded with questions about 1099-C and 1099-A forms sent to consumers who have defaulted on credit cards, auto loans, or mortgages. I’ve found it frustratingly difficult to get even basic answers to some of these questions. I’ve queried numerous tax professionals, and sometimes received conflicting advice. The Internal Revenue… Read More

Google Wallet’s Prepaid Cards Security Issue Fixed

Identity Theft

Google Wallet’s Prepaid Cards Security Issue Fixed

Google Wallet’s Prepaid Cards Security Issue Fixed

After the company was forced to suspend prepaid card use through its mobile purchasing service, Google recently announced that it had fixed a major bug that would have allowed hackers to rip off consumers. Earlier this week, hacks were discovered by two separate entities that would have allowed cybercriminals to repurpose consumers’ Google Wallet accounts,… Read More

Switching Banks? Watch Out for Fees

Personal Finance

Switching Banks? Watch Out for Fees

Switching Banks? Watch Out for Fees

Are you so fed up with the fees charged by your large bank that you’re considering a switch to a smaller, cheaper bank or credit union? If so, now you have one more expense to worry about: a fee to close your account. Many large banks now charge consumers fees of between $20 and $30… Read More

CFPB: Tech is Key to Better Consumer Protection

Personal Finance

CFPB: Tech is Key to Better Consumer Protection

CFPB: Tech is Key to Better Consumer Protection

The federal agency set up specifically to add protections for consumers and their finances in dealing with products from banks and other lenders says that it will utilize the latest technology in rolling out safeguards and communicating with borrowers and financial institutions alike. Technology will play a key role in the continuing development of the… Read More

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