In the Military? Holly Petraeus Talks Financial Protection for Soldiers on Credit Line Radio

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In the Military? Holly Petraeus Talks Financial Protection for Soldiers on Credit Line Radio

In the Military? Holly Petraeus Talks Financial Protection for Soldiers on Credit Line Radio

While her husband David leads U.S. military efforts in Afghanistan, Holly Petraeus remains focused on problems at home: financial traps, questionable dealings and outright scams targeting U.S. military servicemembers. Of the predatory businesses that pop up near military bases, Petraeus said to USAA Magazine, “I once heard those businesses described as bears lined up at… Read More

Swipe Fee Rule Change May Be Delayed

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Swipe Fee Rule Change May Be Delayed

Swipe Fee Rule Change May Be Delayed

Senate Democrats are currently bickering over the proposed rule that would cut debit card transaction fees by 70 percent, with one side arguing that the change would benefit consumers, while the other says it would be too harmful to banks, according to a report from the Capitol Hill news site Politico. Many on the Hill… Read More

Why You Need a Credit Card Account in Your Own Name

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Why You Need a Credit Card Account in Your Own Name

Why You Need a Credit Card Account in Your Own Name

I recently heard from a reader (let’s call her Diane) who was going through a difficult time. Her husband had recently died and she suddenly realized she had very little credit in her own name. Her late husband had been keeper of the finances and he’d done a great job with it. Diane was an authorized user… Read More

Going to Jail? There’s an ATM for That.

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Going to Jail? There’s an ATM for That.

Going to Jail? There’s an ATM for That.

So you’re in jail. What do you do with all that money you had in your pocket when you were arrested? Use an ATM, of course. Las Vegas-based Continental Prison Systems announced recently that it will install four ATM-like kiosks in lobbies at Riker’s Island, New York City’s massive jail complex. The kiosks can be… Read More

New Study Examines Reliability of Credit Reports

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New Study Examines Reliability of Credit Reports

New Study Examines Reliability of Credit Reports

Given the important role credit plays in most people’s daily lives and its impact on the U.S. economy, many entities (regulators, lenders, consumers, etc.) have a vested interest in better understanding the quality of credit bureau data. Many different studies and research projects have sought to address questions regarding the accuracy of credit bureau reporting,… Read More

Stores Now Setting Minimum Purchase Requirements

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Stores Now Setting Minimum Purchase Requirements

Stores Now Setting Minimum Purchase Requirements

Many small businesses in the U.S. have recently set minimum purchase requirements for credit and debit card transactions to around $5 or $10, according to a report from Cleveland, Ohio, television station WEWS. Retailers say in an effort to cut the amount of fees they pay to credit networks, which can rise to tens of… Read More

Save More Than $25,000 With Great Credit

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Save More Than $25,000 With Great Credit

Save More Than $25,000 With Great Credit

You could look at a recent FICO chart to determine the cost of monthly loan payments associated with different credit scores, but at first glance these numbers might not be enough of an incentive to try improving your credit situation. After all, interest rates are so low that even if you have a below-average score… Read More

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