Credit Cards Blog

Thursday, November 4, 2010 3:13 pm
By Leslie McFadden · Bankrate.com

With the holiday shopping season almost upon us, prepare to be tempted at the register by attractive discounts in exchange for opening up a store credit card account. The question is, are these offers ever worth accepting? While the initial discount is an obvious money saver, store cards have several important drawbacks to consider. As

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010 3:17 pm
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

Are you receiving call after call from debt collectors about some unpaid credit card bills? Take a deep breath, stay calm and get focused on your rights. When it comes to dealing with third-party debt collectors, you’ve got plenty of rights, thanks to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. And those rights apply to every single

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010 3:54 pm
By Leslie McFadden · Bankrate.com

American Express launched a travel rewards credit card this week called the Blue Sky Preferred Credit Card, a card aimed at frequent travelers that don’t mind paying an annual fee. The card offers double points on hotel, car rentals and dining purchases, and one point on all other eligible purchases. Points are redeemable for travel,

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Monday, November 1, 2010 12:57 pm
By Leslie McFadden · Bankrate.com

Not sure what to buy a relative this holiday season? A gift card is likely your fallback gift idea. Fortunately, as Bankrate’s 2010 Gift Card Study revealed, most retailer gift cards don’t expire or have any fees. Gift cards that bear a credit card brand, such as American Express or Visa, must comply with new

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Thursday, October 28, 2010 3:29 pm
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

Looking for a way to take some of the sting out of a high credit card balance? Consider transferring the balance to a card with a rock-bottom introductory interest rate. Zero percent balance transfer deals are available, with some deals lasting for a year or more. And some issuers are even rolling out deals offering zero

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010 10:02 am
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

Say so long to hefty advance fees for debt relief help. Beginning on Oct. 27, 2010, all for-profit companies that sell debt relief services over the telephone may no longer charge a fee before they settle or reduce a customer’s credit card debt or other unsecured debt. This new rule comes courtesy of amendments to the

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010 3:10 pm
By Leslie McFadden · Bankrate.com

On Monday, the Federal Reserve Board released a new report that reveals the details of credit card marketing deals, including payments, between credit card issuers and universities or higher education-affiliated organizations, such as alumni associations or foundations. The Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, also known as the Credit CARD Act, requires

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Thursday, October 21, 2010 12:15 pm
By Leslie McFadden · Bankrate.com

Today representatives from more than 2,500 participating banks across the nation will give credit lessons in high school and college classrooms as part of “Get Smart About Credit Day,” a program sponsored by the American Bankers Association Education Foundation. The website, getsmartaboutcredit.com, offers tips, a quiz and basic information about credit. In honor of today’s

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010 1:06 pm
By Leslie McFadden · Bankrate.com

The Federal Reserve Board proposed a new rule today that would clarify some of its final rules implementing the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009. The landmark legislation was signed into law May 22, 2009, and rolled out in three stages. The last round of credit card provisions took effect Aug. 22,

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 4:50 pm
By Leslie McFadden · Bankrate.com

In conjunction with survey findings on the impact of the Credit CARD Act, Consumer Reports recently published a list of the best and worst credit cards in the current marketplace. For the best cards, the magazine named seven cash-back cards, two travel cards and three low-interest/fees cards, and called out two fee-laden cards as being

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