Credit Cards Blog

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 3:19 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Pat yourself on the back. Credit card balances fell because you paid your bills, not because banks wrote off your accounts as uncollectible, according to a new study released Wednesday. Credit reporting agency TransUnion found that credit card holders made $72 billion more in payments than purchases from the first quarter of 2009 to the

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011 12:54 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Upfront credit card fees are stirring up emotions in South Dakota. Last week, First Premier Bank and Premier Bankcard of the Mount Rushmore State filed a lawsuit against the Federal Reserve Board and the newly opened Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The suit says the central bank overstepped its authority when it ruled that upfront fees

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Monday, July 25, 2011 2:34 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

If your to-do list is 10 items deep (at least), you’ve probably let one credit card payment slip through the cracks. Now Citi has a card for you. Like its name suggests, Citi Simplicity features no late fees, no penalty fees and one single interest rate for purchases, cash advances and balance transfers. That means

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Friday, July 22, 2011 3:40 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

On Wednesday, I told you about how the newly formed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will help credit card holders. One of the things I mentioned is that the CFPB will start taking complaints about credit cards. Lo and behold, the agency already is offering an easy online form to hear from you. Talk about quick,

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Thursday, July 21, 2011 2:26 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

The generator of the most-used credit score has revamped its educational website to reflect new score disclosures rules taking effect Thursday. Fair Isaac Corp., the creator of the FICO score, breaks down the new credit score disclosures consumers will receive from lenders on Scoreinfo.org and provides sample notices. The goal is to help consumers make

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011 1:25 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

In just one day, credit card holders will officially get a government champion. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB for short, opens its doors Thursday, one year to the day after President Barack Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act into law. It’s very exciting — and I’ll tell you

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011 1:19 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

American Express gets personal with targeted coupons on Facebook. The credit card issuer on Tuesday unveiled its “Link, Like, Love” application on Facebook that gives cardholders discounts based on their likes, interests and social connections. To sign up, cardholders must go to the company’s Facebook page, click on the “Link, Like, Love” tab and follow

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Monday, July 18, 2011 2:44 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

In what is becoming a steeplechase for the rich, Citi is the latest credit card company to launch a new card catering to wealthier, traveling Americans. On Monday, the company revealed its Citi Executive/AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard with American Airlines parent, AMR Corp. The co-branded card offers elite, globetrotting benefits such as Admirals Club membership

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Friday, July 15, 2011 3:00 pm
By Marcie Geffner · Bankrate.com

Everyone loves credit card perks. While most card users are familiar with such popular benefits as airline miles, shopping points and cash rebates, many cards also offer other lesser-known benefits, as Dana Dratch explains in the Bankrate.com story, “Six hidden credit card perks.” On the list of hidden benefits: price protection, vehicle roadside assistance, return

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Thursday, July 14, 2011 1:51 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

There are recent signs the credit card holder is back.  But is it in a positive way? Figures are rolling in about more credit card spending, a trend that has been on the decline since the Great Recession took hold. A report Tuesday from First Data Corp. showed that the number of credit card transactions

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