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Supreme Court Decision Favors Arbitration

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of arbitration in cases involving consumers and companies that issue low-rate credit cards to people with low credit scores. Under the new ruling, consumers are no ...
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Why even bother with overdraft protection?

Most consumers are relatively familiar with the concept of overdraft protection, and many have experienced firsthand the fees that may be incurred when one spends more than is in their checking ...
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Brief Analysis of Credit Card Spending Over the 2010-2011 Holiday Season

At the beginning of March 2011, Experian released interesting data regarding credit card spending over the 2010-2011 holiday season. Though the average debt on credit cards decreased by 4% compared ...
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Consumers are Still Borrowing, but Less on Credit Cards

Consumers throughout the U.S. are borrowing again, but many are reluctant to borrow on credit cards. According to statistics from the Federal Reserve Board, the amount of outstanding credit card debt ...
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Debt Control Starts With Self-Control

If you are one of many Americans over your head in credit card debt, paying off your cards may be easier said than done. Some borrowers see paying down debt as denying themselves the things they want ...
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Can we take on the challenge of living within our means?

The recent recession has brought to light a key issue of concern: Americans' failure to live within their means. When the real estate market was on the rise, credit was all too easy to get and many ...
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Medical Credit Cards: Before You Sign Up, Weigh the Risks

The cost of health care is ever on the rise, and combined with the gaps in insurance coverage, many patients end up paying medical bills with credit cards. According to a report from McKinsey & ...
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Tempted to apply for a store-brand credit card? You should know the risks.

"Do you want to apply for a card and save 15% on all today's purchases?" If you have recently made a purchase at a large retailer, you may have heard these words at the checkout stand. "Save 15%" or ...
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The True Cost of Credit Card Rewards

What is the true cost of credit card transactions, for merchants and cardholders? It may be more than we realize. Merchants pay approximately 1-3% of every credit card transaction in order to accept ...
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5 Ways to Live Better Without Spending More

Most people want to be happy...and normally they think that you need to spend more to be happy. According to this blog post, there are 5 ways to live better without having to spend any more. Click ...
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Student Loan Debt Surpasses Credit Cards

According to June 2010 figures released by the Federal Reserve, Americans owe some $826.5 billion in revolving debt (most of which is credit cards) and $829.785 billion in student loan debts. The Wall ...
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Watch Me Wednesday: When to Give Your Child a Credit Card

Janet Bodnar, Deputy Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine is interviewed by Kevin McCormally, Kiplinger Editorial Director about when is the best time to give your child a credit card.
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5 Ways to Avoid Going to Jail Over Your Debt

Collection agencies are using extreme methods when going after debtors. They are now going through the court system to collect which gives you two options: show up and pay up or go to jail. First, the ...
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Not Enough Cash? Get Your Priorities Straight

In these hard economic times, it is often difficult to save money. But there are so many important things to save for like retirement, kids college funds and to pay off credit card debt. We came ...
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Watch Me Wednesday: Does Using My Credit Card Online Make Me More Vulnerable to Identity Theft?

Robert Siciliano, Identity Theft Expert and CEO at IDTheftSecurity.com discusses online shopping and if it makes you more vulnerable to identity theft.
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New Law Forcing Credit Card Issuers to Play Fair

Consumers will see more relief this month as more provisions of the Credit Card Act (formally known as the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act) come into effect. The downside ...
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The Effects of the Credit Card Act

Credit card issuers have stopped many of the "deceptive" or "unfair" practices outlawed by the Credit Card Act that was recently signed. But are they engaging in others? We came across this blog post ...
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Watch Me Wednesday: How Do I Get a Copy of my Credit Report?

Janet Bodnar, Deputy Editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance discusses how to obtain a copy of your credit report.
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Watch Me Wednesday: How to Protect Yourself From Credit Card Fraud

Jemma Smith, Head of Public Relations at APACS discusses ways to protect yourself from credit card fraud.
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Watch Me Wednesday: How Do My Credit Cards Impact My Credit Score?

Janet Bodnar, Deputy Editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance discusses how your credit cards will impact your credit score.
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How Do I Start Building Credit from Start?

If you have never had any credit, the best way to build it is to get a few credit cards. Pick at least two from the major lenders (Visa, Mastercard, etc.) and make sure they have no annual fees and a ...
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Fed Limits Card Fees to $25

Most credit card penalties will be limited to $25, and fees for customers who don't use their cards will be eliminated under rules released last week by the Federal Reserve. These rules, which ...
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Credit Unions: A Better Bet Than Banks?

We recently came across this article in the Wall Street Journal discussing the advantages of credit unions over banks. The article brings up some great points and we wanted to share it with our ...
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Banks Reduce Overdraft Charges: Smaller Fees Better Than No Fees At All

According to an article on Time.com, banks, have decided to reduce their overdraft fees in hopes that more people will pay and not dispute them. Click here to read the story. Are you over your head in ...
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Can a Bankruptcy Ever be Removed from my Credit Report?

No, you cannot remove a bankruptcy from your credit report early. A Chapter 7 bankruptcy can appear on your credit report for 10 years while a Chapter 13 bankruptcy will appear for seven years. ...
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