Credit Cards Blog

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 5:07 pm
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

Discover has dropped its 2 percent fee on foreign transactions. As of Nov. 6, Discover will no longer charge foreign currency conversion fees to customers using their Discover cards outside the United States, according to Kathryn Henry, a spokeswoman for Discover. This change in policy regarding card transactions made in foreign countries applies to all

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Monday, November 7, 2011 2:39 pm
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

The holiday shopping season is fast approaching, and credit card issuers are rolling out all kinds of promotions to encourage holiday shoppers to charge their way through holiday shopping lists. “Consumers lose their minds a little bit” around┬áthe holiday shopping season, says John Ulzheimer, president of consumer education at SmartCredit.com. If you have trouble staying

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Friday, November 4, 2011 4:34 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Last week, I promised my perspective on MasterCard’s third-quarter earnings after Visa’s results last week held some interesting nuggets. Well, here it is, folks: 1. You were really happy if you owned the credit card company’s stock. MasterCard handedly beat estimates for its profit, and investors celebrated. Sadly, I don’t own the stock and second,

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Thursday, November 3, 2011 3:31 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Good news if you’re interested in getting a credit card. Banks are still giving out credit cards in increasing numbers versus a year ago, according to new Equifax data as reported by The Wall Street Journal. At least through July. The number of new credit cards rose by more than 25 percent to 21.6 million

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011 4:41 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

With Halloween costumes stuffed into the back of the closet, everyone is now looking toward the rest of the holidays this year. And that could mean racking up credit card debt. A USAA survey released Tuesday found that almost half of those polled plan to pay for holiday gifts with a credit card. Of those,

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011 4:04 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Looks like new government regulations on credit cards have made Americans a little less disgruntled with their issuers. A new survey of 1,258 consumers from Consumer Reports shows only 12 percent said their credit card companies treated them unfairly this year. That’s down from 15 percent last year and 22 percent in 2009. Still, just

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Monday, October 31, 2011 4:24 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

To keep in spirit of the day of the dead, I’ve culled the most recent bone-chilling headlines dealing with credit cards. Here’s one story of the undead. When Rita Katz applied for a credit card at the Gap, she was denied for an unexpected reason: Her credit report said she had kicked the bucket. Katz,

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Friday, October 28, 2011 4:49 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Mark your calendars. Starting Tuesday, Nov. 1, FedEx is giving away 30,000 Shop-Small $25 American Express gift cards through its Facebook page. The cards can be used for purchases at qualifying small businesses nationwide. The event is part of the second-annual Small Business Saturday, founded by American Express, to help boost sales at small retailers

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Thursday, October 27, 2011 3:12 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Poring through company earnings statements and reading transcripts of their investor calls isn’t fun. But invariably, valuable nuggets are revealed. On Wednesday, Visa announced its fiscal fourth-quarter financial results, which, by the way, left investors lukewarm because its profit beat expectations but its revenue did not. But that’s not what you’re reading for. So here

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011 4:31 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

The little Square plastic reader that could is hitting the big time after retail giant Wal-Mart said it will carry the mobile phone credit card swiper in its stores. That’s good news for the thousands of micro business owners — from crafters to bake-sale moms to at-home wedding cake creators — who turn away potential

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