Credit Cards Blog

Friday, July 8, 2011 4:08 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Blame gasoline, food, jobs or just slow mail. The result is the same: More consumers are sending in their credit card payments late. The American Bankers Association said Thursday that the percentage of consumers at least 30 days past due on their credit card bills rose to 3.4 percent in the first three months of

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Thursday, July 7, 2011 3:38 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Starting July 21, if a creditor uses a credit score to offer credit at less-than-favorable terms, deny credit or adjust the rate on extending credit, it must reveal the score they used along with other information related to the score. Consumers will receive a notice outlining the range of possible credit scores, key factors that

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011 2:48 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Does it seem like your credit cards are dangling coupons to your favorite shopping spots? It’s no coincidence. Faced with regulations that are shaving fee revenue, credit card companies are teaming up with retailers to make the most of your shopping vices, according to a report from Aite Group. Credit card issuers are selling your

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011 2:40 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Bye-bye, contracted credit. Hello, plastic proliferation. At least that’s the take-away from Equifax’s new credit trends report, which shows banks handed out 1.8 million, or 26 percent, more credit cards this year through the end of March versus the same period in 2010. And in a sign of renewed confidence in riskier borrowers, 2.5 million

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Friday, July 1, 2011 11:56 am
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Before driving off to the beach or mountains to celebrate the red, white and blue, pack these five tips to keep your debit and credit cards fraud-free. ATM antics. Some crooks set up pinhole cameras behind ATMs to capture your personal identification number, says William Noonan, assistant special agent in charge of the Secret Service’s

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Thursday, June 30, 2011 1:08 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

American Express is helping small businesses “friend” new customers. The company on Tuesday unveiled a program that allows its cardholders to use rewards points to buy ads on Facebook. Any American Express cardholder can redeem points for Facebook ad credits. However, the deal is especially appealing for small businesses because the site can home in

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011 2:02 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Keep an eye on your credit cards. Credit card issuers are slacking off on keeping snoops out of your accounts. Fraud prevention dropped off for the third straight year at financial institutions, according to a credit card security study released Tuesday from Javelin Strategy & Research. Fraud detection remained steady, while resolution efforts grew more

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 1:56 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Raise your hand if you’re confused about credit scores. Well, mark your calendars. On Thursday, June 30 at 2 p.m. EDT, Bankrate will host a live Web chat on the topic with its own Credit Card Adviser, Leslie McFadden, and Credit Karma’s credit adviser Justine Rivero. The duo will pull back the curtain on credit

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Monday, June 27, 2011 2:19 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Earlier this year, I took a six-block ride in an ambulance to the emergency room, where I was treated for a tremendously painful herniated disc. My back is better, thank you for asking, but my credit is not. A pesky $37.50 bill to cover that ER trip got paid too late and still scars my

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Friday, June 24, 2011 12:48 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

American Express and Foursquare are melding the hipness of social media with the power of plastic. The companies said Thursday they are taking a pilot program national and teaming up with fashion retailer H&M, sporting equipment chain Sports Authority and New York restaurant owner Union Square Hospitality Group to offer AmEx cardholders discounts through Foursquare.

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