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Report: African-Americans challenged by credit card debt

Written by Maryalene LaPonsie
Posted On: February 14, 2014

While families of every race and ethnicity can struggle with credit card debt, a recent report is taking special notice of the challenges faced by the African-American middle class. The report, co-authored by the NAACP and policy firm Demos, not only considered how low-to-moderate income black families are addressing their credit card debt, but also uncovered [...]

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Could Bitcoin give credit cards a run for their money?

Written by Maryalene LaPonsie
Posted On: January 28, 2014

Widespread news of security breaches at retailers including Target and Neiman Marcus led to a holiday hangover for millions of shoppers. While these breaches are under investigation, some say future attacks could be thwarted if consumers turned to a new method of payment: Bitcoin. Basics of Bitcoin For those of us used to heading to the bank [...]

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Coin: Your new best friend or a consumer nightmare?

Written by Maryalene LaPonsie
Posted On: December 13, 2013

Between your credit cards, debit card and gift cards, your wallet might bursting at the seams. Enter Coin. The scorching hot start-up is hoping to replace your many cards with their one card. You get to keep all your current accounts, including rewards credit cards and loyalty cards, but they are all loaded on a [...]

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Big Brother wants to know what you put on the credit card

Written by Maryalene LaPonsie
Posted On: October 11, 2013

The Internet exploded earlier this year with the revelation the National Security Agency had been involved in large-scale, unwarranted surveillance of citizens nationwide. The aftermath involved the flight of informant Edward Snowden to Russia, a lockdown of NSA data and a national debate regarding whether widespread surveillance is a benign necessity to keep us safe or [...]

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Wells Fargo has credit cards on the brain

Written by Maryalene LaPonsie
Posted On: September 20, 2013

It may be the fourth-largest holding company in the U.S. in terms of assets, but Wells Fargo is a relatively minor player in the world of credit cards. However, that may be changing with news that the bank has set its sights on grabbing a larger share of the credit card market. The company had [...]

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Put the parking tickets -- but not the poker chips -- on the credit card

Written by Maryalene LaPonsie
Posted On: September 13, 2013

We've previously talked about how credit cards seem to be quickly approaching the point of universal acceptance. Now it seems like more cities are jumping on the bandwagon, too. A crop of news articles has sprung up outlining how cities are now accepting credit card payments for a variety of services. The stories are notable because [...]

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It only costs $72 billion to send the kids back to school

Written by Maryalene LaPonsie
Posted On: August 9, 2013

For many families, the beginning of the school year is a close second to January 1st when it comes to fresh starts. I speak from experience when I say each year I make just as many school-related resolutions as I do New Year's resolutions. This will be the year we get ready the night before. [...]

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Use your credit card without actually using your credit card

Written by Maryalene LaPonsie
Posted On: May 10, 2013

The latest trend in credit cards may have you forgetting your cards completely. The next big thing seems to be the movement toward card-less payment methods. Rather than search your wallet for your best credit card, you may only need to scan your phone, or your fingers, to make purchases in the future. Mobile wallets - [...]

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