Credit Cards Blog

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 4:41 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

With Halloween costumes stuffed into the back of the closet, everyone is now looking toward the rest of the holidays this year. And that could mean racking up credit card debt. A USAA survey released Tuesday found that almost half of those polled plan to pay for holiday gifts with a credit card. Of those,

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011 4:04 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Looks like new government regulations on credit cards have made Americans a little less disgruntled with their issuers. A new survey of 1,258 consumers from Consumer Reports shows only 12 percent said their credit card companies treated them unfairly this year. That’s down from 15 percent last year and 22 percent in 2009. Still, just

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Monday, October 31, 2011 4:24 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

To keep in spirit of the day of the dead, I’ve culled the most recent bone-chilling headlines dealing with credit cards. Here’s one story of the undead. When Rita Katz applied for a credit card at the Gap, she was denied for an unexpected reason: Her credit report said she had kicked the bucket. Katz,

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Friday, October 28, 2011 4:49 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Mark your calendars. Starting Tuesday, Nov. 1, FedEx is giving away 30,000 Shop-Small $25 American Express gift cards through its Facebook page. The cards can be used for purchases at qualifying small businesses nationwide. The event is part of the second-annual Small Business Saturday, founded by American Express, to help boost sales at small retailers

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Thursday, October 27, 2011 3:12 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Poring through company earnings statements and reading transcripts of their investor calls isn’t fun. But invariably, valuable nuggets are revealed. On Wednesday, Visa announced its fiscal fourth-quarter financial results, which, by the way, left investors lukewarm because its profit beat expectations but its revenue did not. But that’s not what you’re reading for. So here

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011 4:31 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

The little Square plastic reader that could is hitting the big time after retail giant Wal-Mart said it will carry the mobile phone credit card swiper in its stores. That’s good news for the thousands of micro business owners — from crafters to bake-sale moms to at-home wedding cake creators — who turn away potential

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011 2:56 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

For a few hours last week, I took a break from being a regular Jane to try out the life of an American Express Platinum cardholder. The credit card issuer invited me, along with my closest media cohorts, to a lunch catered by Swiss-born, renowned chef Daniel Humm, whose soon-to-be released cookbook shares the same

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Monday, October 24, 2011 2:43 pm
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

Worried about credit card debt? You may be deeper in the red than you realize. When it comes to credit card debt, many Americans underestimate how much they owe by at least one-third, according to an Oct. 20 report in The New York Times. For the average household there’s a $2,400 difference between what a

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Thursday, October 20, 2011 3:28 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Happy Get Smart About Credit Day! Sure, it’s not one of those days where you exchange presents or invite family over for dinner, but taking the time to learn about your credit is something to observe. The day is sponsored by the American Bankers Association Education Foundation, which is sending out more than 3,300 bankers

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011 2:28 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Cheeseheads boast the highest credit scores in the country. That’s the takeaway from Experian’s credit study released last week that breaks down a city’s average credit score, based on VantageScore credit ratings, which range from 501-990. Four of the top 10 spots were taken by cities in Wisconsin. Wausau took No. 1 with a score of

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