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  • Over-limit card scam fools cardholder - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    A cardholder gave her bank info over the phone to her card issuer to prevent an over-limit charge. But it probably wasn't her bank who called, but a thief

  • Apple Pay vs. Google Wallet vs. Softcard -- a mobile wallet review - Fri, Dec 19, 2014 8:00 AM EST tried out Apple Pay, Google Wallet and Softcard to see how they stack up against each other -- and your old-fashioned wallet

  • Card borrowing lags while student, auto loans soar - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 3:00 PM EST

    Consumers are borrowing more to finance cards and college degrees, while credit card borrowing is stuck at 2003 levels, a Federal Reserve Bank of New York report shows

  • How many cards is too many? - Thu, Dec 18, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    While there's no right number, a consumer who has spent two years steadily opening new credit accounts should give it a rest

  • Fed: Countdown to higher rates continues at 'patient' pace - Wed, Dec 17, 2014 2:30 PM EST

    Interest rate setters at the Federal Reserve signaled that near-zero market rates are approaching an end, but they'll not be rushed

  • Credit card interest rates decrease to 14.92 percent - Wed, Dec 17, 2014 2:00 PM EST

    December 17, 2014: Average rates on new credit card offers decline slightly to 14.92 percent this week, according to the Weekly Credit Card Rate Report.

  • Jobless grad with student loans, $29,000 card debt ponders bankruptcy - Wed, Dec 17, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    A recent graduate not only has student loan payments, but card debt of almost $30,000 -- and no job. Is bankruptcy her only answer?

  • 7 high-tech holiday scams - Wed, Dec 17, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    As they attempt to spoil your holidays, crooks are turning to technology, using email, apps and phony online surveys in service of their cons

  • 5 simple ways to keep frequent flier miles from expiring - Tue, Dec 16, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    There are a number of ways to keep your frequent flier account active, even without a credit card. They might take a little time and money, but investing to preserve a cache of valuable frequent flier ...

  • Minimize costs of card acceptance without surcharges - Mon, Dec 15, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    Interchange fees can add up for small businesses that accept credit cards. But adding a surcharge for card-paying customers is not the answer – especially in states where surcharges are banned. There are ...

  • Biometrics: Your body could be your next password - Sun, Dec 14, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    Call it body language: Finger prints, vein scans, voiceprints and other unique biological means of authenticating a person’s identity for credit card purchases are closer to reality than they are to the ...

  • Overcoming financial infidelity - Fri, Dec 12, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    Couples who keep secrets about money may also be hiding other issues. Take these steps to avoid and overcome financial infidelity

  • Want a mortgage? Ditch cash-only, build a credit history - Fri, Dec 12, 2014 1:00 AM EST

    Unless you have the cash to buy a house, you'll need a mortgage. And you can't get a home loan without some kind of credit history

  • Authorized users can't access credit card account information - Thu, Dec 11, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    Authorized users cannot access the individual account information, which can be frustrating if you think you're a joint account holder

  • CFPB moves to soften medical debt's impact - Thu, Dec 11, 2014 12:00 AM EST

    It's unique among debts, so medical debt deserves to get special scrutiny, the federal consumer watchdog agency decides

  • Rate survey: Credit card interest rates remain at 14.95 percent - Wed, Dec 10, 2014 2:45 PM EST

    December 10, 2014: Average rates on new credit card offers held at 14.95 percent this week, according to the Weekly Credit Card Rate Report

  • You can't boost secured card limit with extra cash - Wed, Dec 10, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    A college student with a secured card wants to increase his credit limit and asks whether giving the issuer more cash will do the trick

  • Poll: More Americans expect to be in debt forever - Tue, Dec 9, 2014 10:00 PM EST

    A new survey conducted by asks Americans when they expect to get out of debt; 18 percent of those in debt say "never"

  • Holiday buying 2014: more savings and gift cards, less credit - Tue, Dec 9, 2014 12:00 PM EST

    Fewer Americans plan to holiday shop with credit cards in 2014, while more have set aside money or will use gift cards for their purchases, an Accenture study finds

  • How to get, use a low-limit card - Tue, Dec 9, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    If a low credit limit is desired, you have to start backward. A higher limit card can be downsized once the account is approved

  • Choose your rewards strategy: One card? Or multiple? - Tue, Dec 9, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    Using one rewards card consolidates points, but having several lets you be sure every dollar spent earns you something back

  • Business or personal credit: Which can be built faster? - Mon, Dec 8, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    Generally speaking, you can build personal credit faster than business credit. But for small-business owners, it's important to pursue both

  • 8 tips for merchants to avoid credit card chargebacks - Mon, Dec 8, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    Chargebacks are a costly and unfortunate fact of life for many small businesses that accept credit cards. However, there are ways you can protect yourself against unfair chargebacks

  • Avoid late payments by setting up auto bill pay - Fri, Dec 5, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    Life happens, and when it does, it's easy to forget a credit card payment. To protect your credit score and avoid fees, stop late payments before they occur

  • Don't be fooled by these 6 data breach myths - Fri, Dec 5, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    Do you think hackers target only large retailers? Or that smart-chip cards will be our security salvation? Think again.

  • Fed: Credit card debt rises 6.2 percent - Fri, Dec 5, 2014 3:00 AM EST

    Revolving debt increased at a 1.3 percent annual pace in October, according to the Federal Reserve's preliminary G.19 report on consumer credit.

  • Opening 3 cards at once dings credit score, short-term - Thu, Dec 4, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    Unlike rapid-fire applications for mortgages or car loans, which are bundled into a single credit score hit, each card application counts against you

  • 8 ways seniors can ease student loan debt pain - Thu, Dec 4, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    Student loan debt carried by seniors has quadrupled, but the elderly don't have a lifetime of increasing earnings ahead to help them cope

  • Credit card interest rates decline to 14.95 percent - Wed, Dec 3, 2014 4:00 PM EST

    December 3, 2014: Average rates on new credit card offers declined slightly this week, according to the Weekly Credit Card Rate Report.

  • Tips to rebuild credit after living abroad - Wed, Dec 3, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    After living overseas for five years, bringing a dormant U.S. credit file back to life takes a few smart moves combined with a little patience

  • 9 tips for using mobile gift cards safely - Wed, Dec 3, 2014 1:00 AM EST

    A growing number of mobile gift cards and apps let you give, receive and use gift cards all on your smartphone -- no traditional wallet needed. Convenient, right? But they also present new security issues...

  • Poll: Splurging trumps saving if given $1,000 in miles or cash back - Tue, Dec 2, 2014 2:00 PM EST

    At least 83 percent of Americans said they would splurge in some fashion if they received $1,000 in travel miles or credit card cash rewards, a poll from Capital One found

  • What yield does your bank make on credit cards? - Tue, Dec 2, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    Using 2013 federal bank data, we list 500 U.S. banks and show the percentage yield they make from credit card holders, before and after losses

  • Reward cards for a company's small fleet - Tue, Dec 2, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    There are different kinds of cards that a company's drivers can use at the gas pump, and they offer different levels of data and control regarding purchases

  • Banks that make the most money, and the least, on credit card loans - Tue, Dec 2, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    The most costly card companies are ones you probably never heard of -- but whose cards you just might carry

  • Understanding 'consent' to charge a card - Mon, Dec 1, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    A merchant needs consumer consent before charging their debit or credit card for a purchase. But there are some gray areas where misunderstanding of the law can cause disputes

  • 4 young adult money mistakes to avoid - Mon, Dec 1, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    We all make mistakes in our 20s. But when it comes to your money and your credit, you can end up paying for those mistakes well into your 30s -- and beyond. Avoid these four common errors of youth

  • Landlords limited in ability to pull tenants' credit reports - Thu, Nov 27, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    Though a tenant has left rent unpaid and thousands in damages, that's not enough to give a landlord the right to pull a credit report

  • Mom offers daughter balance transfer deal - Wed, Nov 26, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    A 28-year-old's mom offers to pay off $2,400 in card debt, but then wants to cut daughter loose as an authorized user on her card

  • Credit card interest rates hold steady at 14.98 percent - Wed, Nov 26, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    Nov. 26, 2014: Average rates on new credit card offers remained unchanged this week, according to the Weekly Credit Card Rate Report

  • 'Webrooming' trend reduces online shipping costs, problems - Tue, Nov 25, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    This holiday season, shoppers are more likely to price compare online, then head to the store to buy, to avoid shipping costs, delivery problems

  • Strategies for unlocking airline award seats - Tue, Nov 25, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    Airline frequent flier programs make it easier to earn miles than to redeem them for tickets. Having the right credit card might just open up a few more seats that can be purchased using points

  • Hidden debt shouldn't hurt spouse's business credit - Mon, Nov 24, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    A woman's personal debts should not endanger her husband's business credit. But the fact that she has hidden the debt from him signals other kinds of problems

  • Survey: 3 in 4 Americans make impulse purchases - Sun, Nov 23, 2014 10:46 PM EST

    A national survey by of 1,000 adults found more than three out of four Americans confess to making impulse purchases

  • 4 tips to keep impulse buying to a minimum - Sun, Nov 23, 2014 10:45 PM EST

    Impulse buying is a popular habit, but not always a good one. If you're an impulsive buyer wondering how to avoid making another unplanned purchase, here's how to help keep your spending in check.

  • If loan to friend or family goes bad, you may take a tax deduction - Fri, Nov 21, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    When friends or family borrow from you and then default, the IRS allows a bad debt tax deduction -- if you documented the loan and file the right forms

  • Parent's nursing home costs take priority over card debt - Fri, Nov 21, 2014 1:00 AM EST

    Before moving into a nursing home, her dad paid his card debt out of Social Security income. Now that income goes to the nursing home

  • 5 credit don'ts for homebuyers applying for mortgages - Thu, Nov 20, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    When you're about to apply for a mortgage, tread lightly on making changes to your credit. Steps you think should be helpful could derail your loan

  • Lessons from cities with the best and worst credit scores - Thu, Nov 20, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    One city is known for college grads, the other for cotton and the Blues. Measured by credit score, Mankato, Minnesota, and Greenwood, Mississippi, are as far apart financially as they are culturally

  • Credit card interest rates fall to 14.98 percent - Wed, Nov 19, 2014 12:00 PM EST

    Nov. 19, 2014: Average rates on new card offers fell below 15 percent Wednesday for the first time in more than a year, according to the Weekly Credit Card Rate Report

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