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Free Identity Theft Monitoring for AAA Members

by Smithee

If you’re an AAA member in California, Hawaii, New Mexico or Texas, you’re suddenly eligible for a free credit monitoring service, provided by Experian. While I was looking through the fine print (a free service for you provided by ConsumerismCommentary.com), I found this, which gave me pause: You are receiving a complimentary credit monitoring membership. ... Continue reading this article…

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One Person’s Successful Debtor’s Revolt

by Smithee

Frequent readers know all about how a depressed economy and new laws are serving as convenient excuses for banks to be raising interest rates and otherwise penalizing clients, even those who pose no risk. Ann Minch was presented with multiple notices of an interest rate hike. She decided she’d had enough and started a protest ... Continue reading this article…

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Are You Sure Your Credit Card Still Works?

by Jeff

After we got married, my wife and I combined our finances. We moved most of our money from a local brick and mortar bank to a bank that we primarily access online and over the phone. This arrangement has worked out well for us, but it does mean some accounts that were previously utilized many ... Continue reading this article…

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Discover Card Overhauls Their Credit Card Terms

by Luke Landes

Editor’s Note:  This offer is no longer available. Now that regulations established by the Credit CARD Act and related rules by the Federal Reserve have begun to take effect, I’ve started receiving notices from card issuers regarding my accounts. My Discover Miles Card was opened in 2005 to attempt a 0 percent balance transfer, a way ... Continue reading this article…

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Cash Back Rebates Now Take the Form of Prepaid Debit Cards

by Luke Landes

My girlfriend is an elementary school teacher in the New York City public schools. One of the benefits of her employment is the reimbursement for the purchase of supplies and materials used in her class. Any teacher will tell you that they are required to pay for many of their own materials, and the amount ... Continue reading this article…

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Credit Card Use Increases Prices for Everyone

by Luke Landes

I use a total of three credit cards, but I don’t pay interest fees because I don’t carry a balance — I only spend what I can pay off before the due date. For a conscientious consumer, there are a number of reasons to use a credit card for as many expenses as possible. You ... Continue reading this article…

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FICO Suing the Credit Bureaus Over VantageScore

by Luke Landes

Fair Isaac, the company that created and owns what is generally known as your credit score, is suing Experian and TransUnion, two of the three credit reporting bureaus, for creating a competing product that blurs the line between the “real” credit score and the others. The third credit reporting bureau, Equifax, agreed to settle with ... Continue reading this article…

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10 Purchases That Can Harm Your Credit

by Luke Landes

Do you live your life as if everything you do could be made public? I once heard a suggestion that you should judge every decision you make based on whether you would like to see this decision on the front page of the New York Times. That is a good theory, but I can’t say ... Continue reading this article…

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Discover as the Most Forgiving Credit Card

by Smithee

Bankrate.com recently completed a study of 20 different credit cards from 10 different issuers and concluded that if one of your priorities is a card which will forgive your human errors, Discover is probably the card to apply for (or not cancel). Looking at the fine print for one platinum card and one rewards car ... Continue reading this article…

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Comparing the Visa Black Card with American Express Platinum and Centurion Cards

by Luke Landes

American Express created a frenzy among the wealthy when it decided to take advantage of rumors of an exclusive black-colored charge card, used by movie stars and music celebrities for purchasing jets and other items beyond the financial reach of us mere mortals. In 1999, American Express introduced the Centurion Card, a black charge card ... Continue reading this article…

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Congress Passes Credit CARD Act of 2009, Now What?

by Luke Landes

Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted on and passed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act of 2009, the Senate’s alternative to the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights. Here are some of the provisions, taking effect in February 2010: Credit card companies must give 45 days notice before raising interest rates. Under current ... Continue reading this article…

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Revisiting FICO 08 Piggybacking

by Smithee

Your money is important, and so I want to make sure I’m telling you the truth in every instance. A few months ago I wrote an article called What You Need to Know About the FICO Update, which contained some news about the process of “piggybacking”: Not too long ago companies started offering to add ... Continue reading this article…

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Credit CARD Act (Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act of 2009)

by Luke Landes

The following timeline and details will be updated as the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights, now merged with and known as the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act, progresses through Congress and as the bill makes its way to the President to be signed into law. Visit this article often for the latest ... Continue reading this article…

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New Proposed Regulations for Credit Cards

by Luke Landes

As Smithee mentioned earlier this week, the Congress and the White House are both working to introduce legislation to help consumers and curb deceptive techniques practiced by credit card lenders. Yesterday, a committee of representatives interested in financial issues put forth a bill to the rest of the House, the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights ... Continue reading this article…

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The State of Credit, April 2009

by Smithee

A quick roundup of current lending news. In December 2008 we reported a prediction that credit card issuers would be reducing available credit by about 45 percent, and recently the company behind the FICO score released a report of credit lines being reduced from April to October 2008, right before that prediction was made. From the ... Continue reading this article…

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Citibank Offers Citi Forward Credit Card, Rewarding Users for Good Habits

by Luke Landes

Editor’s Note: Thank you for your interest, this offer expired and is no longer available. Is it ironic that Citi, a bank on the brink of disaster, is now marketing a credit card that “rewards” card holders for good financial behavior? This new credit card marketed toward Generation Y and teenagers, Citi Forward® Card (and ... Continue reading this article…

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Received My Bailout From the Government

by Luke Landes

Thank you to all the taxpayers who are footing the bill for this. As Citibank continues to receive money from the government of the United States, funded by investors in Treasury bills and citizens of the future who will be paying more to the government to support the interest payments on that debt, Citibank continues ... Continue reading this article…

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Only a Few Hours Left to Buy Your Experian FICO Credit Score

by Luke Landes

The number that credit reporting bureau Experian supplies to lenders when you apply for a loan, used to evaluate whether the company should extend credit to you, will soon be unavailable to customers. At midnight tonight, customers will no longer be able to visit MyFICO to buy their own credit score from Experian. After today, ... Continue reading this article…

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What You Need to Know About the FICO Update

by Smithee

Fair Isaac, the company that is responsible for the formula behind your FICO score, has been planning an update for a long time, and it’s now being put into practice, but not without a few wrinkles. Called “FICO 08″, the new re-tooling should provide a more accurate risk assessment for anybody with a credit history. ... Continue reading this article…

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More From Visa About Debit Cards

by Luke Landes

Last month, a representative from Visa offered to answer a few questions for Consumerism Commentary readers about debit cards. It many ways, I find debit cards to be inferior to credit cards, but Visa claims the cards linked directly to bank accounts have some redeeming qualities. Here are three additional questions I asked Visa and ... Continue reading this article…

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