Credit Cards Blog

Friday, October 7, 2011 1:49 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

A battle is waging in Massachusetts over the use of credit scores to determine auto insurance rates. The Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents, or MAIA, is getting ready to go door-to-door, so to speak, to gather enough voter signatures to place the possible ban of the practice on the state ballot next year. The petition also

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011 2:55 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Sometimes general answers to common credit answers aren’t enough. Some consumers want more personalized help, and that is what Experian is offering. On Wednesday, the credit reporting bureau, one of the three major ones in the industry, launched a new service nationwide that provides consumers with a one-on-one call with a credit expert to help

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Monday, October 3, 2011 3:53 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

As if keeping up with reports from the three main credit bureaus wasn’t enough, another credit report is making its debut. And it knows even more about you. CoreLogic, a provider of information, analytics and business services, said Monday it is launching a new credit report to help lenders make even better decisions about who

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Friday, September 30, 2011 8:33 am
By Leslie McFadden · Bankrate.com

The law known as the Credit CARD Act implemented a number of restrictions on credit card fees. This week a federal judge stepped in to stall the effective date of one of those fee limits. A quick recap of events: One of the provisions in the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 limited

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011 3:40 pm
By Leslie McFadden · Bankrate.com

If you have no credit and wanted to establish it, you could start with a secured credit card or store card and build a good credit score over time. But what if you didn’t want to take on any debt? Enter RentReporters.com, a new service that validates your rent payments with your landlord and reports

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Monday, September 26, 2011 4:19 pm
By Leslie McFadden · Bankrate.com

One little paragraph in President Barack Obama’s deficit-reduction plan could make it easier for federal debt collectors to reach delinquent consumers. The Huffington Post reported that on page 28 of the proposal was a section that would allow federal agencies to call people’s mobile phones to collect debts owed to or guaranteed by the federal

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Thursday, September 22, 2011 2:06 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Give it up for the Baileys from Jackson, Mich. The couple, Jerry and Sue, paid off $92,000 in credit card debt in five and a half years and has been named Clients of the Year by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, according to a release from the nonprofit on Thursday. The Baileys rejected bankruptcy

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011 4:33 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Did you get a Citi credit card offer this summer? I bet you did. The credit card issuer mailed out 346 million card offers to consumers in North America from July through September, the most of any other company, according to results of Synovate’s Mail Monitor, which was released early to The Wall Street Journal.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011 1:55 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Now you can fit more credit cards in your virtual wallet. Visa, Discover and American Express jumped on the Google Wallet bandwagon, the search engine giant said Monday. The app transforms a cell phone into a payment method, enabling consumers to leave their plastic at home and tap their phones to complete purchases at payment

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Monday, September 19, 2011 4:17 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

It’s not Pulitzer-worthy, but the new credit card agreements from some issuers deserve a little recognition. CreditCards.com reported Monday that several large issuers — including Chase, HSBC, Discover and Citi — are rewriting their card contracts in simpler, plainer English that every Joe can read and understand. The multipage contracts that consumers get when they

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