3 Parent-Friendly Debit Cards for Kids

Credit Cards

3 Parent-Friendly Debit Cards for Kids

3 Parent-Friendly Debit Cards for Kids

As children grow up, we expect them to take on more and more responsibilities before they become adults. For example, teenagers are often asked to purchase meals and pay their own way when going out with others. Although children cannot open their own credit card accounts until they are 18 (or can prove they have… Read More

Google Goes Analog With a Real Debit Card

Credit Cards

Google Goes Analog With a Real Debit Card

Google Goes Analog With a Real Debit Card

Google now offers a Google Wallet Card as a physical extension of the credit-, debit- and loyalty-card management app Google Wallet, allowing users to withdraw cash from ATMs and pay with the card in stores. The card is tied to a user’s Google Wallet Balance, to which a user can add money from a variety… Read More

How to Pick a Credit Card When You Have Few Options

Credit Cards

How to Pick a Credit Card When You Have Few Options

How to Pick a Credit Card When You Have Few Options

There are all sorts of reasons that people find themselves ineligible for a credit card. Some lack a credit history simply because they have never applied for a loan or put any bills in their name. Also, recent immigrants will find that their credit reports are blank slates, almost as if they had not existed… Read More

Debit Thief Accidentally Sends Gifts to Victims

Identity Theft

Debit Thief Accidentally Sends Gifts to Victims

Debit Thief Accidentally Sends Gifts to Victims

While many consumers may get ripped off by identity thieves without knowing it, one particularly unfortunate fraudster recently gave his victims a pretty good clue: He accidentally shipped his purchases to their house. A couple in Alaska recently learned from their credit union that a criminal had used their debit card number to make $5,000 worth… Read More

Banks’ Hybrid Debit/Credit Cards Unpopular With Consumers

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Banks’ Hybrid Debit/Credit Cards Unpopular With Consumers

Banks’ Hybrid Debit/Credit Cards Unpopular With Consumers

At various points last year, a number of major banks toyed with the idea of rolling out new kinds of cards that allowed consumers to choose between debit and credit for each transaction, but now nearly all are canceling those plans and moving on. These hybrid debit and credit cards were envisioned as a means… Read More

Walmart & AmEx Team Up for Low-Cost Prepaid Card

Credit Cards

Walmart & AmEx Team Up for Low-Cost Prepaid Card

Walmart & AmEx Team Up for Low-Cost Prepaid Card

A lot of attention has been paid to the cost of prepaid and traditional debit cards in recent years, and now the nation’s largest retail chain is partnering with a major financial institution to create a competitive entry into that market. Walmart and American Express recently announced that they were going to release a new… Read More

Obama Blasts BofA’s New $5 Fee

Personal Finance

Obama Blasts BofA’s New $5 Fee

Obama Blasts BofA’s New $5 Fee

Criticism of Bank of America’s $5 monthly fee for debit card purchases reached all the way to the White House this week, when President Obama himself blasted the bank for charging the new fee. And he suggested that the newly-established Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has the power to prevent the bank from charging such fees…. Read More

Americans May Turn Away from Debit Cards

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Americans May Turn Away from Debit Cards

Americans May Turn Away from Debit Cards

Many major lenders are now testing plans that will charge consumers a monthly fee for maintaining an account with an associated debit card, and customers say that this will make them reconsider their payment methods, according to a report based on a poll by the Associated Press and GfK Custom Research. Currently, nearly 67 percent… Read More

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