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Chase Freedom $100 Bonus Cash Back

by Luke Landes

For the last six months, potential credit card customers have been courted by companies offering bigger bonuses and better offers. Different customers look for different things when choosing to sign up for a new credit card, whether it’s a 0 percent introductory interest rate, a lucrative rewards program, or thousands of miles to use on a ... Continue reading this article…

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Updated: Hackers Steal Credit Card Numbers From 360,000 Citi Customers

by Luke Landes

The latest big business security breach affected Citigroup and about 1 percent of the company’s credit card customers. Hackers were able to access the customer database, finding customers’ names, credit card numbers, and email addresses free for the taking. The hackers were not able to gain access to other personal information, like Social Security numbers, card ... Continue reading this article…

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$300,000 on Credit Cards and an 815 FICO Score

by Luke Landes
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The choice to use credit cards tends to be more personal than financial. While credit card use can be the gateway to a lifetime buried in debt, it doesn’t have to be. Most people are Type A credit card users. Type A credit card users see credit cards as a tool for buying anything for ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 114: Summer Cooling Tips, Steve Rosenstock, EEI

by Luke Landes

Today on the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek speaks with Steve Rosenstock of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) about tips to cool your house in the summer. Steve discusses many ways to cool your house down, including giving your air conditioning unit a checkup, using a programmable thermostat and several cheap and easy methods which ... Continue reading this article…

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The True Cost of Rent to Own

by Luke Landes
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The debate pitting the concept of buying versus the concept of renting will never end. With a primary home, there may be a plethora of financial calculators and endless real estate analysts to help you make the decision. There are financial considerations as well as non-financial considerations, and pundits on either side who swear their ... Continue reading this article…

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Citi Dividend Platinum Select Card $100 Cashback Bonus

by Luke Landes

Credit card issuers seem to be getting more competitive with offers lately, and Citi has recently decided to increase their latest bonus. For a limited time only, the Citi® Dividend Platinum Select® Card will be offering $100 cash back after making $500 during the first three months of card ownership. I’ll review the Citi® Dividend ... Continue reading this article…

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J.P. Morgan Misled Investors, Will Pay $153.6 Million

by Luke Landes

As the market was collapsing, J.P. Morgan Securities continue to convince clients to invest in a complicated investment made up of credit-default swaps, even though the underlying investments were selected by a hedge fund, Magnetar Capital LLC, that would benefit from seeing the investment fail. Allegedly, J.P. Morgan was knowingly selling an investment designed to ... Continue reading this article…

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Capital One Buys ING Direct, Now What?

by Luke Landes

ING Direct has been on sale for the past few years, and I’ve speculated on the rumors of possible buyers like Ally Bank and GE Capital Bank. The winning bidder has been announced. Capital One has purchased ING Direct for $9 billion. Capital One is a financial institution that is historically known as a credit ... Continue reading this article…

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