Credit Cards Blog

Friday, January 13, 2012 4:59 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Facebook friends could be the worst enemies of your credit score. That’s according to a disturbing article Friday from the New York Observer. The report, penned by Adrianne Jeffries, outlines the next frontier of determining creditworthiness: Using social media connections to help predict if you’ll pay back your credit card. (This is just as scary

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Thursday, January 12, 2012 4:37 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Remember that ketchup commercial from at least two decades ago: “Good things come to those who wait?” It might as well be, “Good credit scores come to those who wait,” after a new study shows consumers who exhibit more patience tend to have better credit scores. The research comes from the Boston Federal Reserve’s Center

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012 4:33 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

When you’re mad as heck at your credit card issuer, I bet you at least once thought about screaming into the phone …”I’ll see you in court!” I hate to prick your bubble, but it’s probably an empty threat.  The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that consumers who sign credit card agreements with arbitration clauses can’t

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012 3:21 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Holy moly, it looks like it was an expensive holiday season. A new report released from the Federal Reserve on Monday showed consumers charged more in November. Revolving credit (aka credit card debt) rose to $798.3 billion from $792.7 billion the previous month. Not only is that the third month in a row credit card

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Monday, January 9, 2012 3:39 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

The worldwide headlines read like an international spy novel with credit cards as the currency of destruction. First strike: A Saudi Arabian hacker rumored to live in Mexico exposes at least 6,000 legit credit card accounts online belonging to Israeli citizens. Second strike: Israeli hackers allegedly are ready to leak the details on thousands of credit

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Friday, January 6, 2012 4:35 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

A national law firm is still soliciting consumers who were allegedly wronged by the “viking” credit card company. Hagens Berman is looking for more names to add to a consumer-rights class-action lawsuit filed against Capital One in June. The lawsuit alleges the issuer misrepresented its zero percent balance-transfer offer when it applied payments meant to

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Thursday, January 5, 2012 2:48 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

It’s the new year, and many of you are probably committed to bettering yourself in 2012. Maybe you plan to eat healthier or fit in more exercise? Refocus your career? How about improving your credit score? A new survey released Tuesday from the National Foundation for Credit Counseling found that almost a quarter (24 percent)

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012 2:59 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Here’s yet another example of “the customer is always right,” especially when it comes to fees for financial products. Last week, Verizon Wireless said it would start charging subscribers $2 for every payment made online or over the phone with a credit card. The company said the new “convenience fee” would cover transaction costs and

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012 5:25 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Ever want to team up with your Facebook friends to donate to charity or buy a gift for a mutual friend? You can now using Citi rewards points. The credit card issuer unveiled a new Facebook app Tuesday that allows you and your Facebook friends to pool Citi ThankYou rewards together for one purchase or

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Thursday, December 29, 2011 5:38 pm
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

At long last, the checks are in the mail. For the more than 10 million credit card customers who filed claims in an antitrust class-action lawsuit over foreign-currency conversion fees charged between 1996 and 2006, the settlement checks are on the way. The first checks were mailed to consumers in late November, and the mailings

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