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Employees lucky enough to earn company credit cards no doubt know the importance of using them carefully. After all, any abuse of a corporate card would reflect poorly on the employee. But even the most cautious company cardholder might miss these easily-overlooked tripwires. Read more»
What You Can Learn from Blippy's Credit Leak
By: Brian O'Connell
The social financial networking site is getting an expensive pubic relations lesson on the importance of keeping customer’s credit card numbers sacred. On Friday, MainStreet reported that four Blippy customers had their credit card numbers exposed via a simple Google search. Read more»
Q: I’ve seen the ads on television for “build-your-own” credit cards. I have to admit, it sounds tempting, but I’m worried about the fine print and what damage I might be doing by doing it myself. Any words of wisdom? — T. O’Lear, Atlantic City, N.J. Read more»
Historically low interest rates have dealt a blow to bank investors up and down the demographic line, but one age group has really taken it on the chin during the Great Recession — and that’s older bank investors. Read more»
More Americans Pay Credit Cards on Time
By: The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Major credit card lenders reported Thursday that more Americans are paying their loans on time, a sign that the economic recovery is taking hold. Consumer delinquency rates measure payments at least 30 days late and are an indicator of future loan losses for banks. Bank of America Corp. said in a regulatory filing that its customers' rate slid to 7.07% in March from 7.23% in February. Read more»
Deals of the Week: April 14
By: Brian O'Connell
Bank deposit rates seem poised to rise based on several economic trends, including a stronger stock market, the end of the Federal Reserve’s mortgage security buyback program, and higher Treasury bond rates (to attract more buyers). But one factor that isn’t getting a lot of attention is the price of oil. Historically, the higher the price of oil, the higher interest rates go. Read more»
Deals of the Week: April 7
By: Brian O'Connell
The business media isn’t hyping the issue, but the news that the 10-year U.S. Treasury note has hit 4% could mean better rate deals for bank deposit investors this spring and summer. Read more»
Q: Our daughter is off to college and we’re giving her a credit card for the first time. We’re long-time Visa users, but for our daughter’s purposes, is Visa a better option than MasterCard? — M. Moran, Boca Raton, Fla. Read more»
Credit card customers are increasingly turning away from card “reward point” programs. With money tight in the vortex of the Great Recession, card customers would much prefer cash-like options. Read more»
WASHINGTON (TheStreet) -- On March 3, the Federal Reserve proposed rules that aim to protect credit card users from unreasonable late fees and other penalties. Read more»
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