Airline Credit Cards Offering Free Tickets

Credit Cards

Airline Credit Cards Offering Free Tickets

Airline Credit Cards Offering Free Tickets

Summer’s almost here and perhaps you’re feeling a bit of wanderlust. What if you could hop on a plane and go somewhere for free? The credit cards in this roundup offer sign-up bonuses that are good enough for a free flight. Not bad, huh? Just one reminder: Rewards cards have APRs on the high side. But… Read More

Big Banks Introduce New Person-to-Person Payments

Personal Finance

Big Banks Introduce New Person-to-Person Payments

Big Banks Introduce New Person-to-Person Payments

Watch out, PayPal. Three of the nation’s largest banks announced Wednesday they’ve joined together to offer instant, person-to-person payment. The new venture, called clearXchange, is already offered in Arizona by Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America. It will be available nationwide within a year. “We’re adding one more piece to the menu… Read More

Financial News Roundup: Financial Collapse Threatens Illinois, 529 Plan Investments Grow

Personal Finance

Financial News Roundup: Financial Collapse Threatens Illinois, 529 Plan Investments Grow

Financial News Roundup: Financial Collapse Threatens Illinois, 529 Plan Investments Grow

Today’s top news headlines features advice on ways to help aging parents remain financially healthy during retirement and reasons investments in 529 college plans are growing. Plus, explore the severity of Illinois’ financial problems. Have The Money Talk With Aging Parents CNN Money Speaking with older parents about the state of their finances can be… Read More

How Does a Corporate Card Affect Credit Scores?

Credit Score

How Does a Corporate Card Affect Credit Scores?

How Does a Corporate Card Affect Credit Scores?

A friend of mine recently started a new job requiring frequent travel. In turn, his company provided him with a corporate card for use when charging reimbursable company expenses.  Since he is the one responsible for paying the card’s monthly balance, he was curious whether the corporate card will be reported on his credit report… Read More

Game Over: Cloud Computing and the Sony Breach

Identity Theft

Game Over: Cloud Computing and the Sony Breach

Game Over: Cloud Computing and the Sony Breach

There’s been a lot of commentary and gotcha-style journalism surrounding the Sony data breach, but not much constructive criticism. Yes, the breach could have easily been prevented. Had Sony enabled fairly standard firewall technology and kept its systems up-to-date with the latest patches, none of this most likely would have happened. Since most of us… Read More

New Law Would Increase Mortgage Down Payment Requirements

Mortgages

New Law Would Increase Mortgage Down Payment Requirements

New Law Would Increase Mortgage Down Payment Requirements

House Republicans recently discussed – but have not yet introduced – a bill that would push the required down payment for an FHA-backed mortgage to 5 percent, up from the current rate of 3.5 percent, according to a report from Fox News. The proposed change, which drew fire at a House Financial Services subcommittee hearing,… Read More

“Reckless Endangerment” Examines Who Burst the Bubble

Personal Finance

“Reckless Endangerment” Examines Who Burst the Bubble

“Reckless Endangerment” Examines Who Burst the Bubble

If the housing boom was a drug epidemic, investors were like crack addicts, driven by the need for more and more profit. Mortgage brokers were the street dealers, doing the dirty work to get the deals done. And Wall Street was the drug cartel. Investment firms including Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers controlled… Read More

Banks Now Look to Prepaid Cards for Revenues

Credit Cards

Banks Now Look to Prepaid Cards for Revenues

Banks Now Look to Prepaid Cards for Revenues

Banks have begun issuing more prepaid cards to increase revenues lost to laws such as the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act and the Dodd-Frank Consumer Protection Act, and these accounts have been adopted quickly by many groups, according to a report from Bloomberg Businessweek. In particular, prepaid cards have become popular with state… Read More

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