Credit Cards Blog

Monday, June 14, 2010 9:32 am
By Leslie McFadden · Bankrate.com

Pop quiz: Can you be a victim of credit or debit card fraud if you still have the physical card? As Sarah Palin would say, you betcha.  While card skimming isn’t new, recent skimming incidents, such as those at Bank of America ATMs recently, should serve as a reminder to protect your cards every time you

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Friday, June 11, 2010 9:29 am
By Leslie McFadden · Bankrate.com

Debit card interchange reform is at stake as Congress begins to merge two financial reform bills into a final version. The amendment to the Senate bill, the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010, would allow the Federal Reserve to set “reasonable and proportional” interchange fees for debit cards issued by financial institutions with assets

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Monday, June 7, 2010 1:32 pm
By Leslie McFadden · Bankrate.com

This week Congress will begin working to reconcile the differences between financial reform bills passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. President Barack Obama has asked Congress for the final version by July 4. As currently written, the Senate legislation has more provisions in it that could affect credit card use and

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Thursday, June 3, 2010 1:52 pm
By Leslie McFadden · Bankrate.com

Two reports to Congress from the Federal Reserve Board address whether credit card issuers use behavioral profiling tactics to adjust account terms and separately, if credit card rules similar to those under the Truth in Lending Act should extend to small business credit cards. Released late last month, these reports were required under provisions in the

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Sunday, May 30, 2010 8:30 am
By Leslie McFadden · Bankrate.com

The Credit CARD Act of 2009 required it and the Federal Reserve Board delivered it, but it’s probably of little value to any consumer trying to compare credit cards. I’m talking about the searchable database of credit card agreements the Federal Reserve Board posted to its website earlier this week. Section 204 of the Credit

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Saturday, May 29, 2010 8:00 am
By Ellen Cannon · Bankrate.com

Two studies released in the past week or so paint different pictures about credit risk, lenders and consumers. A FICO survey done by the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association showed that 59 percent of lenders are still concerned about credit card delinquencies. A Moody’s study released this week found that credit card charge-offs were down

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Thursday, May 27, 2010 3:20 pm
By Leslie McFadden · Bankrate.com

Yesterday, the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Atlanta, which has renamed itself CredAbility, released a new quarterly index that measures the financial health of the average American over time. The index uses a 100-point scale where anything below 70 indicates financial distress. The methodology is proprietary, but CredAbility uses data from public and government

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Thursday, May 20, 2010 12:18 pm
By Leslie McFadden · Bankrate.com

Yesterday the Senate rejected a proposed amendment to the financial reform bill before Congress that would have imposed states’ usury limits on national banks that issue credit cards. Currently, a combination of laws makes credit card interest rate caps null and void. Federally-chartered credit unions have a usury cap of 18 percent for credit cards.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010 4:54 pm
By Ellen Cannon · Bankrate.com

Beginning June 1, the Travelocity Rewards American Express card, issued by Barclaycard US, will be open for business. We’ve already completed our credit card rewards survey — which will be published on June 7 — so this card won’t make it. But its features are worth pointing out. First, it has a $39 annual fee. If

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Monday, May 17, 2010 1:50 pm
By Leslie McFadden · Bankrate.com

Fewer consumers are paying their credit card bills late, and balances across the nation are shrinking. The national credit card delinquency rate decreased in the first quarter and credit card debt declined for the fourth consecutive quarter, according to trend data from TransUnion. The ratio of borrowers that were at least 90 days behind with their

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