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This battle of the sexes has no winner

Written by Richard Barrington - 4 Comments

This post is from staff writer Richard Barrington.

Information services company Experian recently released a study comparing the debt status of men and women. The angle Experian highlighted for their press release was that the study demonstrated that women are better at handling their finances then men, and indeed, the numbers bear this out to some degree. But that’s not the [...]

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Published on June 10th, 2013
Modified on July 4th, 2013 - 4 Comments
Filed under: Credit Cards, Debt Reduction, Mortgages, Polls
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Bluebird card adds enhancements

Written by ecannon - One Comment

Last fall, an odd couple – American Express and Walmart – introduced the Bluebird card, a debit card with almost no fees and with the member benefits of an American Express card.
Cardholders can add money to the card via direct deposit, transfers, cash at Walmart or check. The card can be used anywhere that accepts [...]

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Published on April 2nd, 2013
Modified on March 20th, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Banking, Credit Cards
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Amex Blue Cash Everyday and Preferred Card Signup Bonuses

Written by Nickel - One Comment

This is just a quick note to let you know that the Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express and Blue Cash Preferred Card® from American Express are currently offering signup bonuses.
For the Blue Cash Everyday card from American Express, you can earn 50 Reward Dollars after you use your new Card to make [...]

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Published on January 30th, 2013
Modified on November 24th, 2013 - One Comment
Filed under: Credit Cards
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Be on the Lookout for Credit Card Fees

Written by Nickel - 9 Comments

Consider yourself warned… Starting tomorrow (Sunday, January 27th) merchants are free to start applying a surcharge for credit card purchases.
We’ve talked in the past about credit card surcharges, and how the major card networks didn’t allow them. Well, that all changed this past summer when Visa and MasterCard agreed to allow merchants to pass the [...]

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Published on January 26th, 2013
Modified on February 4th, 2013 - 9 Comments
Filed under: Credit Cards
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Convert to the Discover it Card

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In case you haven’t heard, Discover is spotlighting their newest card, known as Discover it. Notably, they have re-worked the rewards structure associated with this card.
While they’re still offering 5% cash back on rotating categories, subject to enrollment and quarterly maximum spend, they’ve dropped the spending tiers for non-bonus purchases, meaning that you’ll get a [...]

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Published on January 16th, 2013
Modified on October 15th, 2013 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Credit Cards
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Discover Card Reward Categories for Winter 2013

Written by Nickel - 2 Comments

It’s that time of year again… Time to sign up for the latest batch of reward categories associated with your Discover credit card (assuming that you have one).
Recall that Discover, like many other reward credit card issuers, has adopted rotating reward categories that require quarterly re-enrollment. Thus, assuming that you enroll, you’ll get 5% cash [...]

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Published on January 4th, 2013
Modified on March 1st, 2013 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Credit Cards
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Credit Card Fraud: It Can Happen to You

Written by Richard Barrington - 15 Comments

This wasn’t supposed to happen to me.
You see, as a financial writer, when I cover a story about credit card fraud, it’s supposed to be in the third person — about what happened to some unfortunate victim, or about how laws help protect consumers, etc. It’s not supposed to be in the first person. I’m [...]

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Published on December 18th, 2012
Modified on January 12th, 2013 - 15 Comments
Filed under: Credit Cards, Customer Service, Identity Theft
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British Airways Bonus Offer

Written by Nickel - 4 Comments

In the past year or two, I’ve written about a nice promo from the British Airways Visa Signature Card from Chase. Well, it seems that promo is back (again).
Here’s how it works:
Start by applying for the card. Once approved, you’ll receive 50k bonus Avios after you use the card to spend $2k in purchases within [...]

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Published on December 12th, 2012
Modified on December 10th, 2013 - 4 Comments
Filed under: Credit Cards, Travel
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Chase Ends Bonus Reward Auto-Enrollment Experiment

Written by Nickel - 3 Comments

Last winter Chase began experimenting with auto-enrollment for their rotating reward categories. This was only offered to select “valued Chase Freedom cardmember” so you may not have been able to participate, but…
Fear not. Now I can’t participate either. Why? Because they’ve discontinued the auto-enrollment option. According to a letter that we just received:
Your participation in [...]

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Published on December 5th, 2012
Modified on December 5th, 2013 - 3 Comments
Filed under: Credit Cards
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Small Business Saturday 2012

Written by Nickel - One Comment

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s time to remind you that this coming Saturday is none other than Small Business Saturday.
This is a promotion started back in 2010 by American Express to encourage people to shop at small businesses, and to reward small businesses for accepting American Express credit cards.
As in years past, American [...]

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Published on November 21st, 2012
Modified on November 25th, 2012 - One Comment
Filed under: Consumer, Credit Cards
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