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Is Your Plastic Fantastic?
By: Brian O'Connell
J.D. Power & Associates is out with a new credit card consumer satisfaction survey, and the results may surprise you. Read more»
Trend Watch: Variable Rates on the Horizon
By: Brian O'Connell
With the Credit Reform Act on a February 2010 timeline, card issuers are looking for creative ways to paint a profitable bottom line. Increasingly, they’re turning to variable rate credit cards, which are tied to the U.S. prime rate. Why the shift, and what does it mean to card consumers? Read more»
Loan Mods for Credit Cards Now at a Bank Near You
By: Brian O'Connell
Banks don’t like it, but some are starting to cave in to consumer and advocate demands for credit card loan modifications. It’s happening quietly, but it’s happening. Read more»
Prune With Plastic: Save Money Using Credit Cards
By: Brian O'Connell
Any consumer knows that there are smart and reckless ways to use a credit card. But it’s the savviest consumers who know how to actually save money when using their credit cards. Read more»
Lifetime Lesson: Timely Tips On Establishing a Credit History
By: Brian O'Connell
Younger Americans have a tough task these days, what with tighter credit and a sluggish job market. Even so, America’s youth still need credit. Read more»
Credit card companies are getting aggressive about reducing credit card balance limits. But consumers don’t have to take limit reductions lying down. Read more»
Consumer advocates seem ready to score a big victory for job-seekers: a bill winding its way through Congress that would prohibit potential employers to check your credit report before making a job offer. Read more»
Death and taxes go together – we know that. Read more»
By Eileen AJ Connelly, AP Personal Finance WriterNEW YORK (AP) — The rate at which credit card holders fell behind on their payments was far worse in the second quarter than it was last year, but did improve sharply from the alarming level seen in the first three months of 2009.The shift since the first quarter shows that consumers handled their credit better even as job losses mounted and the recession deepened, according to credit reporting agency TransUnion. Read more»
New rules from Washington will make it much tougher to get a credit card if you’re under 21. Read more»
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