Prepaid Cards: What’s the Catch?

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Prepaid Cards: What’s the Catch?

Prepaid Cards: What’s the Catch?

Bank cards, store credit cards, secured cards, prepaid cards — there’s lots of plastic out there, and even though they’re all forms of payment, these products are completely different. One isn’t necessarily better than the others; it depends on your needs as a consumer, and no matter what you choose, it’s important to understand its… Read More

A New Push to Make College Debit Cards Fee-Free

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A New Push to Make College Debit Cards Fee-Free

A New Push to Make College Debit Cards Fee-Free

Some members of Congress are trying to stop banks and colleges from aggressively marketing debit cards as a way for college students to receive their financial aid. The use of debit cards isn’t itself problematic, but the cards carry high fees that can chip away at the student’s aid, and students often aren’t aware of… Read More

Americans Are More in Love With Prepaid Cards

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Americans Are More in Love With Prepaid Cards

Americans Are More in Love With Prepaid Cards

American consumers have grown increasingly fond of reloadable prepaid cards, putting about $65 billion of their money on them in 2012 — double the amount loaded in 2009. And the cards are much more user-friendly and have fewer fees than when they arrived on the scene several years ago, says a new report from The Pew… Read More

A Guide to Gifting Prepaid Cards

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A Guide to Gifting Prepaid Cards

A Guide to Gifting Prepaid Cards

Alongside the joys of the holiday season comes the perplexing feeling when you have no idea what to give someone. Perhaps you don’t know the recipient well, or maybe you are just trying to please a person who has everything. At these times, it can be tempting to purchase a prepaid gift card and let… Read More

Amex Ups the Ante With Its Serve Prepaid Debit Card

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Amex Ups the Ante With Its Serve Prepaid Debit Card

Amex Ups the Ante With Its Serve Prepaid Debit Card

For decades, banks have offered their customers debit cards, which they originally called check cards. But recently, a new generation of debit cards – prepaid debit cards — are being offered by companies without traditional retail bank branches. American Express has been on the forefront of this trend, when it introduced its Bluebird card, co-branded with… Read More

How the Occupy Wall Street Debit Card Stacks Up

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How the Occupy Wall Street Debit Card Stacks Up

How the Occupy Wall Street Debit Card Stacks Up

The Occupy Wall Street movement started just more than two years ago, in which thousands protested large financial institutions and income inequality in the U.S., sparking a conversation about the role of financial institutions in our lives. In the two months leading up to Nov. 5, 2011, also known as Bank Transfer Day, an estimated… Read More

New Tech Could Mean Trouble for Prepaid Debit Cards

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New Tech Could Mean Trouble for Prepaid Debit Cards

New Tech Could Mean Trouble for Prepaid Debit Cards

These days, millions of consumers across the country rely on prepaid debit cards as a means of handling their finances because they find traditional bank accounts to be too expensive. However, with coming technology changes for the card industry, those people might have more difficulty in obtaining these accounts at low costs. Within the next… Read More

The Pros & Cons of Prepaid Debit Cards

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The Pros & Cons of Prepaid Debit Cards

The Pros & Cons of Prepaid Debit Cards

Did you know there are nearly 10 million households in the United States that don’t have a bank account? For them, basic items such as cashing a check or paying bills can become difficult and very expensive tasks. Prepaid debit cards can be an option, allowing customers to enjoy the ease of direct deposit, the… Read More

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