This Week in Credit News: Hackers & ID Thieves

Personal Finance

This Week in Credit News: Hackers & ID Thieves

This Week in Credit News: Hackers & ID Thieves

The biggest news this week revolves around hackers and identity theft as Apple IDs and one woman’s Medicare card were exposed to the world. A DNC Flub Puts a Woman’s Identity at Risk Last night, in the midst of former President Bill Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention, the camera cut away to an… Read More

Hail to the Thief: Clinton Speech Opens Up ID Theft Possibility

Identity Theft

Hail to the Thief: Clinton Speech Opens Up ID Theft Possibility

Hail to the Thief: Clinton Speech Opens Up ID Theft Possibility

Was it excessive exuberance? Was it judgmental deficiency? Was it the thrill of hearing a barnburner by the President of the World? Well, whatever it was, it was a dangerous mistake. Last night at the Democratic National Convention, during a particularly rousing segment of President Clinton’s forceful and unabashed dissection of the Republican depiction of… Read More

How Can I Get a Mortgage After Credit Problems?

Mortgages

How Can I Get a Mortgage After Credit Problems?

How Can I Get a Mortgage After Credit Problems?

Once burned, twice shy doesn’t seem to apply to those who were burned by the housing downturn. Even those who lost their homes to bankruptcy or foreclosure in the past few years are often eager to take advantage of lower housing prices and ultra-low interest rates available now. The question they often ask us is,… Read More

5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Buy a House Right Now

Mortgages

5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Buy a House Right Now

5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Buy a House Right Now

Heather McClane still believes in the American Dream. Even now, five years after the mortgage bubble burst and with lingering uncertainty about the housing market and the economy as a whole, McClane desperately wants to stop renting. “I want a home so badly for my family,” she wrote in response to a Credit.com story, “especially… Read More

No-Interest Credit Cards Are on the Rise

Credit Cards

No-Interest Credit Cards Are on the Rise

No-Interest Credit Cards Are on the Rise

Keeping their debt levels in check, particularly when it comes to credit cards, has been a focus for Americans nationwide in recent years. Many credit card issuers have evidently noticed this trend, as they are offering no-interest cards at an increasing rate. According to a report by MarketWatch columnist Jennifer Waters, with nearly half of… Read More

Which Credit Cards Offer the Best Purchase Protection?

Credit Cards

Which Credit Cards Offer the Best Purchase Protection?

Which Credit Cards Offer the Best Purchase Protection?

Retailers make fat profit margins on the extended warranties they sell on products, so there’s a little secret they probably don’t want you to know: You can get warranty coverage on your purchases just by paying for them with certain credit cards. These sorts of protections generally fall into two categories: Purchase protection, which protects… Read More

In Argentina, Government to Monitor All Credit Card Purchases

Credit Cards

In Argentina, Government to Monitor All Credit Card Purchases

In Argentina, Government to Monitor All Credit Card Purchases

In an effort to curb out-of-country credit card use to keep the nation’s economy strong, Argentina’s government has issued a new tax law on consumers who use their cards in other countries, as well as new regulations that will monitor residents’ card use. The rules, presented by Argentina’s top tax collector, AFIP chief Ricardo Etchegaray,… Read More

First Semester Checklist: 5 Money Priorities for Freshmen

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First Semester Checklist: 5 Money Priorities for Freshmen

First Semester Checklist: 5 Money Priorities for Freshmen

Are you heading off to your first year of college? Congratulations! College is the first time many get to enjoy independence and explore their dreams. So what do you need to do to make sure the next four years are some of the best of your life? One thing you can do is get your… Read More

Snapshot: The Housing Market Right Now

Mortgages

Snapshot: The Housing Market Right Now

Snapshot: The Housing Market Right Now

The long-awaited recovery of the housing market appears to have started, but it remains tentative and slow, according to a series of reports released at the end of August. Sales of new and existing homes are rising, and the numbers of foreclosures are dropping, as homebuyers take advantage of record-low mortgage rates. “Mortgage interest rates… Read More

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