Tag: Credit cards

Make the Most of Your Credit Card Rewards for Gift Season

Your credit card bills may not inspire visions of holiday cheer — but the good news is, your credit card spending has likely earned you at least a small trove of points, miles, or cash back. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s latest Consumer Credit Card Market report (PDF), more than 80 percent of […]

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Apple Card Investigated After Gender Discrimination Complaints

Something curious happened when a husband and wife recently compared their Apple Card spending limits. David Heinemeier Hansson vented on Twitter that even though his spouse, Jamie Hansson, had a better credit score and other factors in her favor, her application for a credit line increase had been denied. Mr. Hansson, a prominent software developer, […]

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Stop chasing payments and increase your cash flow (VB Live)

Presented by DocuSign Are you having trouble getting paid? Multiple-steps collections processes are error-prone, interrupt cash flow, and impede customer service. Learn how to remove friction in the payment process and spend more time servicing customers when you join this VB Live event. Register here for free. Cash flow is central to the growth and […]

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How to Avoid Being Fleeced When Using a Credit Card Overseas

If you travel overseas, be warned: Pickpockets really are out to get you. I don’t mean the light-fingered thieves who try to grab your wallet. I am talking about digital pickpockets: hotels, restaurants and shops that systematically overcharge foreigners who use credit and debit cards in their establishments. A few weeks ago, my family ate […]

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How to Pivot From a Dud of a Destination

The treehouse in Sweden looked divine: a spherical flying saucer twinkling from a snow-coated pine forest. On the property’s slick website, meals were cast as “Swedish delicacies” and adventures like dog-sledding and dinner in an ice hut looked dreamy. Of course, no seasoned reporter would rely on a website. The destination had been reviewed glowingly […]

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Beto O’Rourke Urges Financial Giants to Cut Services for Gun Sales

Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic presidential candidate, on Thursday called on banks and credit card companies to address gun violence by refusing to provide services for some firearms sales. In a statement, Mr. O’Rourke’s campaign said he wanted the financial institutions to stop providing services for sales of assault-style weapons — or any firearms that are […]

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How Capitalism Exploits Our Fear of Old Age

Yves here. I don’t mean to be a nay-sayer, but having developed major orthopedic problems after an accident, I find it hard to be cheery about getting old. This article makes a passing mention of financial stress among the elderly. A new story in the Financial Times, adding to a 2018 study Greying of US […]

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Russians Pulling Out Credit Cards, and Consumer Debt Spirals

MOSCOW — Yekaterina V. Bulgakova gushed about the cozy one-room apartment that she and her boyfriend share, and particularly about the way they could always cover the rent: by charging it on credit card. “Our salaries don’t go far enough” to pay for housing, food and other necessities every month, Ms. Bulgakova, a tattoo artist, […]

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Families Drowning in Debt to Stay in the Middle Class

The Wall Street Journal has an important story on how people with what seems like pretty good household incomes are getting more and more indebted in keeping a middle class lifestyle. The Journal gives a sympathetic portrayal, using some recent work by Georgetown law professor Adam Levitin to show how much significant costs have risen […]

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So Long, Swiping. The ‘Tap-and-Go’ Subway Is Here.

It can often feel like New York City’s subway is stuck in the Stone Age compared with systems in other cities across the world. Trains built in the 1960s still run on the subway tracks and parts of the signal system date back to before World War II. But perhaps one of the greatest symbols […]

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The Airport Lounge Is Much Improved, if You Can Squeeze In

The airport lounge ain’t what it used to be. Once seen as quiet retreats for businessmen on expense accounts looking to get some work done, lounges are now trying to serve a variety of purposes and, in the process, have become one more area of competition among the airlines and independent operators. Some lounges are […]

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Banks Again Hoist on Their Cost-Cutting Petard: Burgeoning Credit Card Fraud

it’s hard to miss the regular stories about data, including sometimes financial account details, being hacked. But in addition to that, credit card companies also face ongoing attacks from fraudsters who obtain credit card information and put through bogus charges. You’d think the banks that participate in the Visa and Mastercard networks would be vigilant […]

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How to Manage Your Credit Card Bills, Which Experts Say Are Late More Often

Even with a strong economy, a growing number of people are having trouble paying their credit card bills. Late credit card payments, while still low, have been ticking upward for the past two years, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported in May. Card delinquencies have been rising for borrowers under 30, in particular, […]

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