Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Thursday, March 15, 2012 4:11 pm
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

A new promotion from Capital One will double the miles for every dollar you spent on another travel rewards credit card last year.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 5:02 pm
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

Credit card debt increased slightly to $6,105 nationally in February, up from $6,069 in January.

Thursday, March 01, 2012 4:38 pm
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

Chase takes aim at international travelers by adding EMV chip technology to yet another travel rewards credit card. The Hyatt Credit Card, which comes with a $75 annual fee, has a traditional magnetic strip to accommodate merchants in the United States but also includes an embedded and encrypted microchip for merchants in the more than

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 4:47 pm
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

American Express is facing enforcement action from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and possibly the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau over the way late fees were assessed on some of its charge cards, according to its annual filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition to credit cards, American Express offers charge cards that

Thursday, December 29, 2011 5:38 pm
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

At long last, the checks are in the mail. For the more than 10 million credit card customers who filed claims in an antitrust class-action lawsuit over foreign-currency conversion fees charged between 1996 and 2006, the settlement checks are on the way. The first checks were mailed to consumers in late November, and the mailings

Thursday, December 29, 2011 4:35 pm
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

The days of 2011 are counting down. But there’s still time for you to snap up a free credit report. Wondering how you did creditwise in 2011?  Perusing your credit report will allow you to check out every single credit card account you have opened and review all your consumer loan accounts such as home

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 1:25 pm
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

American Express is turning up the heat on Nelly over an unpaid $20,000-plus credit card debt. American Express filed a lawsuit in a Missouri court in October against the rap star, whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr. American Express is seeking the payment of a $20,403.64 credit card bill, which they claim Nelly never

Tuesday, December 27, 2011 5:14 pm
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

It was not a merry Christmas for clients and employees of a U.S.-based security think tank. A loose-knit group of computer hackers known as “Anonymous” claimed Sunday to have pilfered thousands of credit card numbers and other personal information belonging to clients of Stratfor, a security analysis firm based in Austin, Texas, according to reports from

Thursday, December 01, 2011 4:40 pm
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

Debt is a major issue for many American families. And when it comes to juggling credit card debt, mortgages, car loans and student loans, many Americans are making the wrong financial moves. Staring at multiple debts, many consumers pay off smaller debts first even when larger debts have higher interest rates, according to a new

Wednesday, November 09, 2011 5:07 pm
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

Discover has dropped its 2 percent fee on foreign transactions. As of Nov. 6, Discover will no longer charge foreign currency conversion fees to customers using their Discover cards outside the United States, according to Kathryn Henry, a spokeswoman for Discover. This change in policy regarding card transactions made in foreign countries applies to all

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