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Credit Card Information

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The days of letting credit card cash advances pile up in high-yield savings accounts are behind us. Still, credit card balance transfer offers proliferate as credit card issuers compete for market share. Does it still make sense for you to surf a card balance from one credit card to another? The answer, and how vigorously it's [...]
You're probably wondering how hard you'll have to work out over the next few weeks to make up for the extra treats you enjoyed during the holidays. And if you're feeling tight at the waist, chances are you're feeling a pinch in the wallet, too. Surveys from the American Research Group and the American Retail Federation [...]
It's the classic election year question: Are you better off now than you were four years ago? As the primary season gets under way, expect to hear some version of that question with increasing frequency. Your answer may depend on where you live - and how you vote. A CardRatings.com study used financial data from Experian to [...]
Categories: Credit Scores
Prepaid credit cards are growing in popularity among consumers fed up with bank fees. In 2011, consumers loaded about $460 billion onto prepaid cards, according to research from Mercator Advisory Group. And by 2016, the amount of money added to prepaid cards is expected to mushroom by almost 50 percent to nearly $685 billion. Prepaid credit cards [...]
As the credit card offers fill your mailbox and you see more TV ads for credit cards, you may think that the credit card issuers are looking for new customers. And you're right. If 2011 wasn't your year for credit, 2012 might be better. We talked to credit card experts to find out what consumers can [...]
If you're the parent of a teenager, at some point he or she is going to ask you about two things that may make your heart skip a beat: getting a driver's license, and getting a credit card. Before your son or daughter can get behind the wheel of a car with a license, he or [...]
Categories: Financial Literacy
You hand your Visa to the waiter to pay for your dinner and he disappears with your credit card. He returns a few minutes later with your bill. You sign the credit card receipt and leave. You don't think anything of it until the end of the month when you receive your Visa statement, and you [...]
Many credit cards look and act alike. Cash back rewards cards battle over seasonal bonus promotions, while travel rewards cards often rely on the reputation of their brand partners. A simple bonus, perk or privilege can win the battle for a prospective cardholder's business. To illustrate, we've scoured our database for six of this year's [...]
Categories: Credit Card Deals
Despite an inexplicable drop in the price of four calling birds, PNC Wealth Management estimates the cost of all the gifts in "The Twelve Days of Christmas" at a cool $101,119.84. Following the song to the letter means delivering 364 gifts to your true love this month. If you're going to charge all of those [...]
Your phone rings. It's your favorite charity on the line, asking for a donation. You could give generously by simply rattling off your credit card number. You're in the market for a new car. You just received an offer for a cash back rewards card. Why not put the new car on the card and pocket [...]
Editor's Note: The CardRatings team of credit card experts picked the best credit cards of 2011 based on their features, perks and overall value to consumers. CardRatings.com was recently ranked the No. 1 credit card comparison site in Bing Editor's Picks. Our evolving economy has forced many of us to rethink our relationship with credit. Former [...]
Categories: Best Credit Cards
We want to make the holidays special for our loved ones. And when advertised deals are calling your name and seasonal ambience is enveloping you, it's easy to get enraptured by the holiday spirit, succumb to the offers and spend, spend, spend. "And then you get the hangover," says Julie Mayfield, author of the personal finance [...]
With the days of easy credit long gone and the economy still in weak recovery, more holiday shoppers plan to pay cash for their purchases this year, according to the results of a recent poll by CardRatings.com and MSN. And credit cards easily surpassed debit cards, suggesting that more consumers are taking advantage of the [...]
Editor's Note: The CardRatings team of credit card experts picked the best credit cards of 2011 based on their features, perks and overall value to consumers. CardRatings.com was recently ranked the No. 1 credit card comparison site in Bing Editor's Picks. If you've got a high credit score and a solid income, expect major banks to [...]
Categories: Best Credit Cards
If you're the parent of a student in college, you probably aren't worrying too much about getting your son or daughter a new credit card. You have plenty of other things to worry about. Those pictures your son posts on Facebook, in which you hope, but rather doubt, that it's grape soda in that wine [...]
Stealing credit card numbers is a crazy way to make a living, and we've certainly seen more than a few crazies showing up on police blotters lately. You might have heard about the thief who used a stolen credit card account to purchase the same meal at Burger King every day for almost a month. [...]
Although many people want to reduce debt and better manage their finances, Americans aren't quite ready to give up their love affair with credit cards – particularly during the holiday season. Fortunately, using a credit card doesn't always mean you have to go into debt. For starters, you can charge only what you can afford to [...]
Sometimes an invention can solve a problem. At other times, it can leave you wondering: Was this a problem to begin with? Think of the difference between a TV remote control and a Flowbee. Everyone likes to change the channel without getting out of the Barcolounger, but how many people want to cut hair using [...]
Play your rewards cards right and they can lead to enviable vacations, luxury gifts or cold hard cash. Play them wrong and they can cost you. Maximizing your rewards credit cards boils down to understanding how your card works and minding the pitfalls, say the experts. Here are six strategies to help you get the [...]
Categories: Rewards Credit Cards
If you’ve ever been turned down for a credit card, the Fair Credit Reporting Act requires the lender to tell you which part of your credit profile hit a sour note, whether it was a past bankruptcy or too many late payments. Since the recent economic downturn, the best credit card companies have made their [...]
Categories: Credit Scores
The number isn't as catchy as 911 or 411, but for beleaguered credit card holders, 1-855-411-CFPB (2372) could end up being a financial lifeline. In case you don't know what that last phone number is, that's the direct toll-free hotline to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the brand new Federal agency launched on July 21. If [...]
If you've ever filed for bankruptcy, or considered doing so, you probably worried about the impact of a bankruptcy filing on your credit score. That concern is understandable. After all, a bankruptcy stays on your credit reports for 10 long years. But choosing bankruptcy protection doesn't mean your overall credit rating has to suffer for a decade. [...]
Every year, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency surveys the leaders of America's major banks to understand the overall lending landscape. This year's Survey of Credit Underwriting Practices marks the first time in four years that a majority of credit card issuers left their consumer lending requirements unchanged, instead of tightening them. In [...]
Categories: Rewards Credit Cards
If you buy a bag of corn chips at the grocery, you're probably also getting a container of salsa. If you purchase an iPod, you'll probably want earbuds with it or some apps. Some products, like digital cameras (batteries) and reading lamps (light bulbs), virtually demand that you purchase an add-on. It's a longer leap of [...]
When we're kids, those shirts in the bedroom closet can look like lurking monsters. Without a nightlight, the dark can seem ominous and chilling. When we're a little older, our fears turn to horror movies, roller coasters and pop quizzes. But for grownups, there's nothing quite as dark and creepy as a steadily dropping credit [...]
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