Credit Cards Blog

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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Thursday, June 23, 2011 2:05 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Instead of “the doctor will see you now,” it could be “the doctor will see your credit now,” according to a tidbit found in an extensive report on credit released this week from watchdog group Demos. The group culled anecdotal evidence showing that hospitals and other health care providers are increasingly using a patient’s credit

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011 9:17 am
By Marcie Geffner · Bankrate.com

More people are concerned about saving for retirement, paying medical bills and keeping up their standard of living than are worried about making their minimum credit card payments. That’s one conclusion of a recent Gallup telephone poll that asked a random and demographically weighted sample of 1,077 adults about their financial concerns. The poll found that:

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011 12:31 pm
By Marcie Geffner · Bankrate.com

If you’re a “fan,” “friend” or “follower” of a credit card company or brand on a social networking service, you’re not alone. In fact, some 25 percent of people who have a credit card have made such a connection, according to a survey by Synergistics Research, an Atlanta-based marketing research firm. Perhaps not surprisingly, though,

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Monday, June 20, 2011 1:41 pm
By Marcie Geffner · Bankrate.com

Citigroup has released some additional information about the recent attack on its online credit card account management system, but the update sounds a defensive note and leaves many questions unanswered. In a letter to customers posted on its website, Citi said it took “immediate action to rectify the situation,” discovered May 10 during routine monitoring

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Saturday, June 18, 2011 10:00 am
By Marcie Geffner · Bankrate.com

The Association of Credit and Collections Professionals, known as ACA International, has introduced a “blueprint” of policy initiatives that the group says would update the debt collection industry’s antiquated practices. Consumers who’ve missed one or more credit card payments may be interested. A key goal, mentioned repeatedly in the group’s press statement, is the removal

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