Credit Cards Blog

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 3:53 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Just after we get news that banks are giving more credit cards to Americans with not-so-pretty credit and offering bigger credit limits to everyone, we hear late payments are rising again after more than two years of declines. So will the latter unhinge the former? First, the good news: Equifax said earlier this month that

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Monday, October 17, 2011 3:39 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

How often does a credit card offer end up in the proverbial round file in your house? One study by mail manager Catalog Choice found that almost two-thirds of people surveyed never opened credit card offers. Of course, the survey polled its customers, or Americans who are diligent about managing their mail, and the results

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Friday, October 14, 2011 11:02 am
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

Move over stodgy store credit cards. Now there’s an app for instant credit. A new app launched by U.S. Bank allows iPhone users to apply and receive on-the-spot credit at retail stores. Rather than apply for a store credit card like the rest of us, iPhone users will be able to reach for their phones

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Thursday, October 13, 2011 3:59 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Discover cardholders have one more way to buy items on Amazon.com: with rewards points. The credit card issuer on Tuesday unveiled its new pairing with the online retail giant that allows Discover cardholders to pay for Amazon purchases with Cashback Bonus points. And to kick off the holiday shopping season, cardholders will earn double cash

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011 2:14 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Recent credit card stats seem like good news at first blush. Credit card debt declined in August for the second straight month, per the Federal Reserve. Late payments on credit cards fell in the second quarter, according to the American Bankers Association. And more rewards credit card holders are redeeming their rewards, according to a Capital

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011 3:04 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Two weeks ago, my brother-in-law stumped me with a credit card question. While traveling in Ireland with my family, he encountered retailer after retailer asking if he wanted to charge his purchase with his Capital One credit card in euros or dollars. Imagine my embarrassment when I couldn’t help him answer that question. To keep

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Monday, October 10, 2011 12:30 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

So no one likes these new debit card fees that are in the offing. Does that mean it’s time to put purchases on your credit card instead? Before answering that question, let’s back up to the beginning. Bank of America said last week it’s going to charge a $5 fee every month you use your

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Friday, October 7, 2011 1:49 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

A battle is waging in Massachusetts over the use of credit scores to determine auto insurance rates. The Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents, or MAIA, is getting ready to go door-to-door, so to speak, to gather enough voter signatures to place the possible ban of the practice on the state ballot next year. The petition also

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011 2:55 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Sometimes general answers to common credit answers aren’t enough. Some consumers want more personalized help, and that is what Experian is offering. On Wednesday, the credit reporting bureau, one of the three major ones in the industry, launched a new service nationwide that provides consumers with a one-on-one call with a credit expert to help

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Monday, October 3, 2011 3:53 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

As if keeping up with reports from the three main credit bureaus wasn’t enough, another credit report is making its debut. And it knows even more about you. CoreLogic, a provider of information, analytics and business services, said Monday it is launching a new credit report to help lenders make even better decisions about who

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