Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Thursday, May 29, 2014 5:13 pm
By Jeanine Skowronski ·

MasterCard is extending its zero liability policy to include ATM and PIN-based transactions.

Friday, August 31, 2012 12:03 pm
By Janna Herron ·

Leave tips in the jar with a credit card, pay less for gas with a Walmart card, and pay more for airfare with a credit card.

Friday, March 23, 2012 3:12 pm
By Marcie Geffner ·

MasterCard Worldwide survey finds mass-transit commuters want easier ways to pay their bus, train and subway fares.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 1:20 pm
By Janna Herron ·

Discover issued a mandate for retailers and their banks to accept EMV chip cards by 2013.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 4:10 pm
By Marcie Geffner ·

A leader of a criminal ring who targeted foreign tourists was sentenced to prison for credit card fraud and identity theft.

Thursday, February 23, 2012 4:38 pm
By Janna Herron ·

American Express cardholders charged more on their credit cards last year than those with MasterCards, the first time that’s happened since the 1960s. The figures released Wednesday by The Nilson Report showed that consumers spent $540 billion on their American Express cards in 2011, up 13.4 percent from the previous year. That was enough to

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 4:36 pm
By Janna Herron ·

It looks like this Valentine’s Day will be a bit less lovey-dovey than last year’s, according to a survey last week from Visa. Americans plan to spend $117 on their sweethearts this year, down 3 percent from $121 in 2011. And ladies, the gentlemen are the ones ponying up the most. Men said they will

Wednesday, February 01, 2012 4:15 pm
By Janna Herron ·

MasterCard is putting more weight behind its push to bring EMV debit and credit cards to the U.S. The credit card company said Monday it’s offering U.S. retailers and ATM owners a road map to make their point-of-sale terminals and cash machines EMV-friendly by April 2013. The company was vague on details, but it did

Friday, November 04, 2011 4:34 pm
By Janna Herron ·

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,

Friday, June 03, 2011 1:31 pm
By Marcie Geffner ·

Your cellphone or your wallet? That’s a question credit card giant MasterCard Worldwide tried to answer in a recent survey of consumers’ attitudes toward using their cellphone to make payments for goods and services. The survey found that 62 percent of respondents who use a mobile phone said they’d be open to the idea of

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