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  • Mom offers daughter balance transfer deal CreditCards.com - 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 CreditCards.com - 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 CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report

  • 'Webrooming' trend reduces online shipping costs, problems CreditCards.com - 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 CreditCards.com - 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 CreditCards.com - 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 CreditCards.com - Sun, Nov 23, 2014 10:46 PM EST

    A national survey by Creditcards.com 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 CreditCards.com - 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 CreditCards.com - 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 CreditCards.com - 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 CreditCards.com - 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 CreditCards.com - 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 CreditCards.com - 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 CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report

  • Ex didn't pay up, so your student loan defaulted? Go after him CreditCards.com - Wed, Nov 19, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    The court said he had to pay half of his ex-wife's student loan, but he shirked, and she isn't making enough, so now the loan's in default

  • Online fraud may surge after EMV chip card rollout CreditCards.com - Wed, Nov 19, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    U.S. issuers are replacing traditional magnetic stripe credit cards with cards containing counterfeit-resistant EMV chips. But fraudsters are expected to adapt, turning to online and other forms of fraud...

  • Some cards generous for travel, give less in cash back rewards CreditCards.com - Tue, Nov 18, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    If a travel card turns out to offer different rewards or fewer points than you expected, consider canceling it before the annual fee comes due

  • 'Spam Nation' author Brian Krebs sheds light on card data black market CreditCards.com - Tue, Nov 18, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    An insider on the digital black market, Brian Krebs uncovers major credit card breaches before the big retailers know what hit them. He takes readers along in his book "Spam Nation"

  • How trauma leads to destructive financial choices CreditCards.com - Mon, Nov 17, 2014 8:01 AM EST

    Child abuse. Warfare. Assault. If you have endured a life-threatening event, you may be more likely to make poor money decisions.

  • A business may spurn debit cards, but why? CreditCards.com - Mon, Nov 17, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    Small businesses running subscription-type services may find debit and prepaid cards a hassle. But think carefully before refusing to accept them

  • Adding yourself to spouse's card is fraud CreditCards.com - Fri, Nov 14, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    Taking the liberty of adding yourself to your spouse's card as an authorized user is considered fraud, and you could be charged with identity theft

  • 'Hand to Mouth' author Linda Tirado: Broke means bad money decisions CreditCards.com - Fri, Nov 14, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    Former IHOP night cook-turned-author Linda Tirado explains in very frank terms why being poor often leads to making shortsighted financial decisions

  • Study: Online accounts often go unchecked for fraud CreditCards.com - Thu, Nov 13, 2014 3:00 PM EST

    Americans regularly check their bank account and credit card statements for suspicious activity, but less than a third check various online accounts at least once a month, a study by credit bureau Experian ...

  • 5 steps to dispute debt caused by ID theft, stop abusive collection CreditCards.com - Thu, Nov 13, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    Take these steps to uncover all the damage left by an ID thief, contest the fraudulent debts and end a debt collector's scare tactics

  • New rules aim to tame prepaid cards CreditCards.com - Thu, Nov 13, 2014 12:01 AM EST

    The fee-laden cards, gaining in popularity, would have to disclose more about those fees under rules unveiled by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

  • Credit card interest rates slide to 15 percent CreditCards.com - Wed, Nov 12, 2014 12:30 PM EST

    Nov. 12, 2014: Average rates on new card offers declined this week for the first time in nearly two months, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report

  • Retailer beacons track your phone as you shop, raising privacy issues CreditCards.com - Wed, Nov 12, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    Retailers increasingly are using electronic beacons that track consumers' smartphones to analyze shopping behavior, improve service and offer customized deals. But the technology also raises privacy concerns...

  • Shared card leads to collection mess after a bankruptcy CreditCards.com - Wed, Nov 12, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    When Dad declared bankruptcy, the debt collectors shifted their attention to his daughter to collect a $3,600 balance on the credit card they shared

  • Student debt on the rise for the elderly CreditCards.com - Tue, Nov 11, 2014 8:11 AM EST

    A small but growing number of elderly Americans are paying back student loans well into retirement, many of them struggling to keep on top of payments while on a fixed income

  • A cash-advance PIN on an EMV card doesn't make it 'chip-and-PIN' CreditCards.com - Tue, Nov 11, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    Today's cards may have two types of PINs: one to complete a purchase at an EMV chip-and-PIN terminal, the other that allows you to get cash advances at ATMs

  • How startups can quickly begin accepting credit cards CreditCards.com - Mon, Nov 10, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    An entrepreneur wants to temporarily share a card processing machine with an established business while he gets his company up and running. Bad idea. But there are other ways to quickly begin accepting ...

  • 2014 CreditCards.com Penalty Rate Survey: The price of being late CreditCards.com - Sun, Nov 9, 2014 10:39 PM EST

    Those who fall 60 days behind in credit card payments face an average penalty interest rate of 28.45 percent, according to CreditCards.com's survey of 100 major U.S. credit cards

  • Fed: Card balances on the rise once again CreditCards.com - Fri, Nov 7, 2014 3:00 PM EST

    Credit card balances rose at a 2 percent annual pace in September after a short-lived balance decline in August, the Federal Reserve said Friday

  • Have a balance transfer financial strategy CreditCards.com - Fri, Nov 7, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    Yes, comparison shop for low rates and fees, but more importantly, know how a transfer will fit into your financial big picture

  • Use of reloadable cards surging among millennials CreditCards.com - Thu, Nov 6, 2014 5:00 PM EST

    Ownership of of general-purpose, reloadable cards climbed 11 percent from 2011 to 2013 among younger adults, a study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia finds

  • Steps to rebuild credit after bankruptcy CreditCards.com - Thu, Nov 6, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    After declaring bankruptcy obtaining secured credit sources and becoming an authorized user can help bring life back to your line of credit

  • Credit card ownership statistics CreditCards.com - Thu, Nov 6, 2014 1:00 AM EST

    How many credit cards does the average American have, and what types do they have? We've compiled industry statistics to answer those questions and more about who's carrying what cards

  • Credit card interest rates remain at 15.09 percent CreditCards.com - Wed, Nov 5, 2014 2:00 PM EST

    Nov. 5, 2014: Average rates on new card offers held steady Wednesday at 15.09 percent, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report.

  • Employed grad with no debt gets rejected for new card CreditCards.com - Wed, Nov 5, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    With no debt, a job and regular payments on a low-limit card, a recent grad wonders what she has to do in order to get approved for a new card

  • Currency changes to aid blind slow to take shape CreditCards.com - Tue, Nov 4, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    New technology and phone apps have made it easier for blind consumers to discern cash, despite delays in physically changing the currency

  • When canceling a rewards card, purge clutter, but not points CreditCards.com - Tue, Nov 4, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    By all means, cancel a rewards card that is no longer right for you, but don't be hasty. Try to hang onto the points, and see if the issuer will offer to sweeten your deal

  • Can I open one rewards card for multiple businesses? CreditCards.com - Mon, Nov 3, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    There's nothing stopping you from using a single card for multiple companies you own, but it's generally not good business practice. There may be better ways to rack up rewards

  • Options limited if authorized user refuses to pay charges CreditCards.com - Fri, Oct 31, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    Call it authorized-user blackmail: A daughter adds her dad to her card, he runs up the balance, but threatens to stop payments if she closes the card

  • Know your rights under the Truth in Lending Act CreditCards.com - Fri, Oct 31, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    This federal law provides bedrock consumer protection by requiring lenders to disclose credit terms in a standardized way, and sets the rules for fees and billing

  • How early payment can result in late fees CreditCards.com - Thu, Oct 30, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    Leaving town? Paying your card bill early can backfire if you miss making the minimum payment by the due date, leaving you with late fees and penalty rates

  • 6 steps to using credit cards to manage caregiving costs CreditCards.com - Thu, Oct 30, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    When it comes to managing caregiving costs for a loved one among family members, credit cards can help, but only if everyone plays by the rules

  • Study: More young consumers with good credit have cards CreditCards.com - Thu, Oct 30, 2014 1:00 AM EDT

    A widening divide is developing among young consumers, as those with good credit are increasingly taking on credit cards, while those with bad credit are taking on less, according to a TransUnion study...

  • Credit card interest rates rise to 15.09 percent CreditCards.com - Wed, Oct 29, 2014 2:35 PM EDT

    Oct. 29, 2014: Average rates on new card offers rose slightly Wednesday, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report

  • Negotiation is key for defaulted student loan CreditCards.com - Wed, Oct 29, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    When a private student loan is in default, bringing the loan current may require a lump-sum payment as well as written proof of what you can afford to pay

  • EMV switch won't eliminate travel woes CreditCards.com - Wed, Oct 29, 2014 1:00 AM EDT

    As issuers roll out more secure chip cards in the U.S., they're opting for chip-and-signature technology, rather than the chip-and-PIN standard used in many other countries

  • EMV switch won't eliminate globetrotter woes CreditCards.com - Wed, Oct 29, 2014 1:00 AM EDT

    As issuers roll out more secure chip cards in the U.S., they're opting for chip-and-signature technology, rather than the chip-and-PIN standard used in many other countries

  • Retailers push system to rival Apple Pay and other mobile wallets CreditCards.com - Tue, Oct 28, 2014 11:00 AM EDT

    Two drugstore chains switched off support for Apple Pay, as a group of big retailers gets behind a rival system for checkout smartphone payments

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