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  • How closing cards and student loans affects FICO scores - Thu, Aug 28, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    Keeping cards active and paying loans on time is best way to maintain a strong credit score

  • Discover, AmEx tie for tops in customer satisfaction - Thu, Aug 28, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    American Express, the perennial leader in J.D. Power's ranking, shares the top satisfaction score for the first time since the survey started in 2007

  • Credit card interest rates rise to 15.06 percent - Wed, Aug 27, 2014 2:30 PM EDT

    Aug. 27, 2014: Average credit card interest rates rose this week for the first time in nearly two months, according to the Weekly Credit Card Rate Report.

  • Tips for detecting card theft - Wed, Aug 27, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    Yes, there are crooks out there waiting to steal your card info, but if you're vigilant you can stop them before they do too much damage

  • Poll: Cash or card for $5 purchase? - Tue, Aug 26, 2014 8:00 PM EDT

    The younger you are, the more likely you are to prefer debit or credit cards for payments of under $5, a new poll shows

  • Using prepaid cards to boost rewards - Tue, Aug 26, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    Some options are drying up, but there are still ways to earn points by buying gift cards and reloadable products

  • Capital One edits language allowing visits at home or work - Tue, Aug 26, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    Capital One said it is dropping language in its general purpose card agreements allowing visits at home or work, but keeping those rights in store cards for now

  • Renting a car? Know whether your card adds insurance - Tue, Aug 26, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    Renting a car can put your credit card benefits into play, but only if you know what's covered and avoid the exclusions

  • Can I pass on charge-back fees to my customers? - Mon, Aug 25, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    When a customer disputes a charge directly with the card issuer, the merchant gets hit with a charge-back fee. Technically, you may be able to pass that on to the customer but it's probably not good business ...

  • Seniors vulnerable to credit card fraud - Fri, Aug 22, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    As people get older, even when they are intellectually still very sharp, it seems to become more difficult for them to determine who to trust and when

  • 8 keys to safe credit, debit card use on campus - Fri, Aug 22, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    Students who enter college also begin a lifelong journey with credit and debit card use. Here is how to do it safely

  • Maxing out card might be worth temporary credit score ding - Thu, Aug 21, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    Maxing out your card will have a negative effect on your credit score, however, the potentially positive payment history might just be worth it

  • Why was my credit card application denied? - Thu, Aug 21, 2014 1:00 AM EDT

    Ever had your credit card application denied? No one likes rejection, but there are a few things you can do to improve your chances of being approved

  • Interest rates remain locked at 15.03 percent for 7th week - Wed, Aug 20, 2014 2:30 PM EDT

    Aug. 20, 2014: Average rates on new credit card offers held steady this week, according to the Weekly Credit Card Rate Report.

  • Credit card life after bankruptcy - Wed, Aug 20, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    After bankruptcy, issuers will be wary of lending to you. Applying for a secured card is a way to boost your FICO score and show lenders you can be trusted again

  • Are sign-up rewards bonuses seasonal? - Tue, Aug 19, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    If you're looking to get a points bonanza by signing up for a rewards credit card, timing can be critical. But figuring out when the next big bonus will be available is tricky

  • 6 signs of bad financial advice - Tue, Aug 19, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    While good sound nuggets of money advice can help you keep money in your pocket, bad advice can leave you digging out of financial hole

  • Should your small business accept bitcoin? - Mon, Aug 18, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    Five years into its existence, the virtual currency bitcoin is gaining legitimacy with major U.S. retailers. Small-business owners may find new opportunities in joining them, but should carefully weigh ...

  • How can I change our business's merchant category code? - Mon, Aug 18, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    The wrong MCC for a hotel can short circuit charging privileges for corporate credit card holders and cost the hotel business. To fix the problem, you need to understand how the codes work

  • Maxed out cards? Don't open another one - Fri, Aug 15, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    She's maxed out five credit cards and can't pay what she owes on them, but asks if it's OK if she can use the new credit card she got

  • Don't expect big score boost when unpaid debt falls off credit report - Thu, Aug 14, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    Is an old debt, charged off seven years ago, finally falling off your credit report? Sorry, but there's not likely to be a big rise in your score. It could even fall

  • Health care companies turn to 'big data' - Thu, Aug 14, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    More health care companies purchase intimate details about patients, such as their income and buying habits, and use it to make predictions about their health

  • Credit card APRs remain flat at 15.03 percent - Wed, Aug 13, 2014 2:45 PM EDT

    Aug. 13, 2014: Average rates on new card offers remained at 15.03 percent Wednesday for the sixth consecutive week, according to the Weekly Credit Card Rate Report.

  • Understanding credit limits and how they work - Wed, Aug 13, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    Understanding how charging and repayments work with your first card can save you from financial headaches in the future

  • How to spot and prevent medical identity theft - Wed, Aug 13, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    While credit card breaches have grabbed headlines, fraudsters have been homing in on an even more lucrative source of identity theft: medical records

  • Returning a gift? The buyer loses the rewards points - Tue, Aug 12, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    To prevent users from gaming the system, credit card issuers usually dock your rewards points when you return an item, even if it was a gift

  • Customers with overdraft protection pay quadruple in fees - Mon, Aug 11, 2014 10:55 AM EDT

    People who opt for overdraft protection on their debit transactions pay a lot more in total fees than other checking account users

  • Should I pay my business's bills by credit card? - Mon, Aug 11, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    Using plastic to pay contractors and other recurring business bills can be a good way to rack up rewards points and improve cash flow. But beware it does not become a crutch

  • 8 ways to get friends to repay a personal loan - Mon, Aug 11, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    A pal was in a bind and turned to you for help. Sensing urgency, you agreed, but now you're not getting repaid and your frustration is growing as fast as the excuses

  • Pros and cons of charging automatic payments to a credit card - Sat, Aug 9, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

    Charging automatic payments on a credit card can be beneficial for busy consumers, but it also has its faults. Here are the pros and cons to think about

  • FICO's new credit score formula helps many, hurts some - Fri, Aug 8, 2014 5:00 PM EDT

    People with paid-off debt or medical debts will see scores rise with the new FICO math, while others will receive lower marks

  • New to US? A primer on how to create, build a credit history - Fri, Aug 8, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    If you're new to the U.S., our credit reporting system can be daunting. Here's a primer on how to create and build a credit profile

  • Fed: Card balances rise, keep pace with slow spending growth - Thu, Aug 7, 2014 3:20 PM EDT

    Credit card balances increased a modest 1.3 percent in June marking a fourth month of continued revolving debt growth, the Federal Reserve said Thursday

  • Time-barred debt can still do damage even after 13 years - Thu, Aug 7, 2014 6:59 AM EDT

    Credit checks for mortgages go deep and collection efforts may restart, so even on a debt 13 years old, potential damage can linger

  • 2014 retail credit card survey data - Wed, Aug 6, 2014 11:30 PM EDT

    Compare interest rates, rewards and more from this detailed comparison of 61 cards issued by 36 retailers. Part of's 2014 Retail Store Card Survey

  • Retail card survey 2014: APRs get higher, rewards more complicated - Wed, Aug 6, 2014 10:59 PM EDT
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    The cost of borrowing from your favorite retailer has gone up: The average APR on the credit cards from America's largest retailers has climbed more than 2 percentage points to 23.23 percent, according ...

  • P.F. Chang's names 33 restaurants hit by data breach - Wed, Aug 6, 2014 4:00 PM EDT

    P.F. Chang's China Bistro has named the places and times it suffered a data breach, with 33 of its 210 U.S. restaurants being hit for weeks or months

  • Card APRs locked at 15.03 percent for 5th week - Wed, Aug 6, 2014 2:30 PM EDT

    Aug. 6, 2014: Interest rates on new credit card offers held firm this week, according to the Weekly Credit Card Rate Report.

  • Make financial planning as easy as 50/20/30 - Wed, Aug 6, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    In Alexa von Tobel's best-selling book, "Financially Fearless," she simplifies financial planning with a quick and easy method for spending, saving and having fun

  • Did Macy's ruin my credit when it closed, reopened my card account? - Wed, Aug 6, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    A shopper is concerned that her credit score is ruined when Macy's closed her old card after issuing her a new one. Don't worry, Sally says

  • Third-party booking sites trip up hotel rewards - Tue, Aug 5, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    If your company requires you to book travel through a website such as Expedia or Orbitz, you probably won't be able to earn hotel rewards -- but it never hurts to try

  • Virtual debt collection lets you negotiate, settle up online - Tue, Aug 5, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    With a computer or a smartphone, you can review a claim, set up a monthly repayment plan or even cut a debt settlement deal with an algorithm

  • Americans' choice in noncash payment has become debit cards - Mon, Aug 4, 2014 5:00 PM EDT

    Americans are increasingly opting for electronic payments and debit cards, a study by the Federal Reserve System shows

  • Ready to pay rent with a credit card? - Mon, Aug 4, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    If you could pay your rent with plastic, would you? As more landlords offer that option, renters have to weigh carefully whether it's the best way to pay

  • Am I liable for business debt my partner hid? - Mon, Aug 4, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    Your partner rang up debts before you even joined the firm, and now a collector is calling you. Don't trust the collector -- or your partner. Keep calm and call a lawyer

  • Fines owed to city exempt from bankruptcy - Fri, Aug 1, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    In most cases, back taxes, student loans, child support and fines owed to a governmental body are exempt from being discharged in bankruptcy

  • New moves to protect military members from financial fraud - Fri, Aug 1, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    Federal and state regulators are cracking down and pairing with other groups to offer education, protection and recourse for military service members in the crosshairs of financial fraudsters

  • New myth: Closing a credit card account always hurts your score - Thu, Jul 31, 2014 8:11 AM EDT

    It's a new myth that closing a credit card account always hurts your score. The information about the card (good or bad) sticks with you for (seven to 10) years

  • 6 strategies to fight 'frugal fatigue' - Thu, Jul 31, 2014 8:00 AM EDT

    When penny pinching starts to hurt, "frugal fatigue" can set in. Here are six strategies to keep your savings on track

  • Rates remain at 15.03 percent for 4th week - Wed, Jul 30, 2014 1:00 PM EDT

    July 30, 2014: Interest rates on new credit card offers remained untouched this week, according to the Weekly Credit Card Rate Report

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