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Best and worst states for credit conditions, 2020 study Written by Richard Barrington The pandemic has turned 2020 into a battle for both physical and economic survival. In each case, the strongest survivors may well be those that were in the best shape when the trouble began. Research shows COVID-19 preys most heavily on those with preexisting conditions. Similarly, the economic burden may fall most heavily on households with ...
Should you save credit card rewards? Written by Maryalene LaPonsie When it comes to credit card rewards, you can take two approaches to redemption. The first is to "earn and burn" rewards by redeeming points and miles as soon as possible. The other is to save rewards for future use as needed. Proponents of earning and burning rewards point out that they have subjective values that ...
Who can apply for a business credit card? Written by Kenya McCullum Whether managing a mom-and-pop shop or freelancing, running a business can be tough work. It doesn't matter if you have 30 employees or none at all— having a business credit card can be a convenience that helps business owners get the supplies they need, when they need them, without worrying about how much cash they ...
Chase announces new Freedom Flex℠ card and updates to Freedom Unlimited® Written by Brooklyn Lowery Meet CardName, the newest member of the Chase Ultimate Rewards® family, and a new, excellent option for maximizing those Chase Ultimate Rewards® points. Often new cash-back cards aren't ones that we get too excited about, but the no-annual-fee Freedom Flex℠ aims to raise the bar with hefty rewards on everyday purchases, a solid signup bonus, and, ...
Democrats and Republicans: Different politics, similar credit card views Written by Brooklyn Lowery Even when our political ideologies – and, therefore, in theory our macro financial ideologies – are far apart, when it comes to our credit cards and personal finances, we’re more alike than you may think. A national CardRatings survey conducted July 31-Aug. 4, 2020, asked respondents about the political ideology with which they most closely identify ...
Should you pay college tuition with a credit card? Written by Jennifer Doss Whether classes resume on or off campus this fall, one thing will remain the same: paying tuition. Credit cards are becoming more widely accepted as a form of payment for college expenses, but is it actually a good idea to pay tuition with one? If you’re a college student, there’s a good chance you may not even ...
Lost income? Banks are more likely to reduce your credit card limit, survey reveals Written by CardRatings Staff Losing a job or seeing a reduction in income could mean you're relying more than normal on your credit cards to get you through, but there's bad news: 21% of recent survey respondents who've lost jobs since March 1 have seen banks reduce their credit limits in the past three months. A recent CardRatings survey revealed ...
Lost income impacts how people redeem credit card rewards, survey shows Written by CardRatings Staff Whether you've lost income or a job since the start of March could very well have an impact on how you're thinking about your credit cards and, more specifically, the way you're thinking about credit card rewards. But the changes may not be what you'd think. A recent CardRatings survey revealed that those with job or income ...
Can you pay rent with a credit card? Written by Jennifer Doss Generally, yes, you can pay rent with a credit card. Should you pay rent with a credit card? The answer to this question is a bit more complicated.Paying rent with a credit card could have some benefits; or it could possibly be your only option at times. The right credit card can help offer you ...
Is COVID-19 making balance transfer offers harder to come by? Written by Jennifer Doss The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the way many companies conduct business, banks and credit card issuers included. For the most part, the changes we’ve seen within the credit card industry have been positive. Some issuers have added extra bonus categories and have expanded redemption options, for example. Other changes haven’t been quite as helpful, such ...

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