Credit Cards Blog

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 1:47 pm
By Ellen Cannon · Bankrate.com

According to radaronline.com, Lindsay Lohan has more than $600,000 in credit card debt at age 23. Let’s see, that’s more than $26,000 a year in debt for each year of her life.

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Monday, April 19, 2010 11:45 am
By Leslie McFadden · Bankrate.com

Bankrate.com released its 2010 survey of credit card fees today. Very few cards included in the study charged an inactivity or annual fee, two fees feared to arise as a result from the restrictions of the Credit CARD Act of 2009. Many of the provisions of the law took effect in February, while rules on penalty fees go into effect in August 2010.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010 2:31 pm
By Leslie McFadden · Bankrate.com

Americans are using new credit cards more lightly than in years past. Despite the economic environment and tighter access to credit, balances on new bank credit cards have dropped as have overall debt-to-limit ratios on credit cards, according to a quarterly Experian-Oliver Wyman Market Intelligence Report released today.

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Monday, April 12, 2010 12:06 pm
By Leslie McFadden · Bankrate.com

A new shopping Web site launched on Friday for consumers with an eligible MasterCard-branded prepaid, debit or credit card. MasterCard Marketplace features discount offers averaging 5 to 20 percent and other benefits from thousands of participating merchants, according to its Web site.

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Thursday, April 8, 2010 3:03 pm
By Leslie McFadden · Bankrate.com

On April 2, new rules from the Federal Trade Commission took effect that required commercial Web sites that offer a free credit report to disclose where consumers can get their free credit report under federal law. Since then, Web sites operated by the three major credit reporting agencies have managed to avoid the required disclosure — by promoting a free credit score instead, or charging a nominal fee.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010 1:45 pm
By Leslie McFadden · Bankrate.com

Today, American Express announced a new perk for customers with one of their “Blue” cards. Customers can now get a $5 gift card after every fourth purchase at a Dunkin’ Donuts with their Blue, Blue Cash or Blue Sky credit card in a calendar month.

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Friday, April 2, 2010 2:22 pm
By Ellen Cannon · Bankrate.com

Several weeks ago my colleague Leslie McFadden wrote about small-business credit cards not being covered by the CARD Act. Yesterday Bank of America announced that it is going to extend some protections to its small-business credit card holders.

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Monday, March 29, 2010 12:25 pm
By Leslie McFadden · Bankrate.com

Closing a credit card account to avoid an annual fee may or may not lower your credit score.

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Monday, March 29, 2010 12:19 pm
By Leslie McFadden · Bankrate.com

Following two common tips for improving a credit score could cause you to pay interest or even lower your score.

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Friday, March 26, 2010 3:42 pm
By Leslie McFadden · Bankrate.com

Employers don’t check credit scores to make hiring decisions, but the myth that they do lives on.

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