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Headline News - September 29, 2009

U.S. Bank Introduces Downloadable Mobile Banking Application Bling Nation - La Junta, Colo. Embraces Mobile Payments The Red Tape Chronicles - MSNBC.com: Consumer groups blast banks' card 'tricks' CashEdge Signs First Round of Banks for Popmoney™ New Javelin Report: Multi-Channel Authentication Via Mobile Banking US News and World Report: Credit Card Fees: 5 Things You Should Know Alaska Option Joins Acculynk Internet PIN Debit Pilot Transaction Wireless Signs AMC [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 11:31:08

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Five Reasons That You May Be Refused Credit

Being turned down for a credit card or a loan can come as a bit of a shock, ... . Too many previous searches on your credit report ... especially as banks and credit cards have been slated recently for irresponsible lending [more...]

Date: 2008-11-22 08:40:41

The Schwab Bank Invest First™ Visa Signature® Credit Card

The name of the card has clearly too many symbols and arguably too many syllables, but when the daily financial news is consistently dire, ... to literally take advantage of a credit card’s bonus features, check this out: Unlimited 2% “cash” back ... I should just be happy to see something that is this innovative and attractive. It’s a credit [more...]

Date: 2008-12-09 12:56:30

Credit Repair Service - Get Help For Credit Card Debt

by William Blake Credit cards are great, but if not used with common sense and self-control, can easily break your bank and peace of mind ... Commission (FTC) has come up with some safety tips for those of you to choose a credit repair or debt ... credit reports a year. Just contact the three companies who offer this free service ” Equifax [more...]

Date: 2008-11-05 10:42:42

Will the consumer credit card debt bubble lead to a collapse of the shopping mall economy?

Recession_levee American and Canadian consumers have long been living beyond their means ... as we see in this 2007 report: Canadians Crushed by Credit Card Debt "The  U.S. isn't the only nation ... their credit card debts, forcing banks to come back to the government for a second round of bailouts [more...]

Date: 2008-12-12 15:28:57

Sleeping With the Enemy: The Retirement of Special Agent Bill Kowalski

By Debbie Schlussel This past Friday, the FBI celebrated its 100th birthday. As I noted then, it's not cause for celebration ... officials why her husband was in jail because of "credit card problems." She said he was arrested after ... --both Elahi congregants--were later indicted for credit card, bank, and mortgage fraud in a scheme [more...]

Date: 2008-07-30 18:37:13

Keep tabs on your health insurance claims

We’re all aware of the dangers of identity theft these days. Most people keep a close watch on their bank accounts, credit card statements, and credit reports to ensure they’re not being victimized. This week I had a scare that made me realize my credit [more...]

Date: 2009-01-14 13:00:26

When you should use a credit repair agency.

Credit has become a very important part of peoples live in todays age. If you have bad credit you are familiar with having closed doors to loans, bank cards, credit cards, car financing and mortgages. Now all is not lost and you have the option to start fixing your credit. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 18:23:10

When you should use a credit repair agency.

Credit has become a very important part of peoples live in todays age. If you have bad credit you are familiar with having closed doors to loans, bank cards, credit cards, car financing and mortgages. Now all is not lost and you have the option to start fixing your credit. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 18:23:10

why you need to report identity theft immediately

The crime of identity theft is steadily rising, and the reason for this is that most people do not realize exactly how easy the crime is to commit by those who are intent on doing so. Carele ly throwing those credit card offers ... , identity theft is when someone ope credit card accounts, department store accounts, or even bank loa [more...]

Date: 2008-11-30 03:58:58

Credit card defaults up 54% and growing

As if we needed one more problem in the financial market ... available. A report this week from Innovest, a research firm, said banks and other credit card ... . Unfortunately it's very predictable as credit has expanded well beyond the norm in recent years [more...]

Date: 2008-10-16 09:27:01

Get Out of FreeCreditReport.com’s “Triple Advantage”

FreeCreditReport.com is the heavily advertised company that offers “free” credit reports ( ... reminder to check your bank and credit card statements at least once a month so charges like this don ... in mind that the place to get truly free credit reports, three times per year (once from each bureau [more...]

Date: 2008-07-25 18:29:44

Credit Card Laws and Court Rulings–Have They Helped Consumers?

This is a guest post by Bill Hardekopf, CEO of LowCards.com . Congress passed the Credit CARD Act in May but gave issuers and banks almost one year to implement the major provisions of the bill. Since then, issuers did exactly what they threatened to do–raise rates and fees on a broad group of cardholders. Consumers and elected officials are not happy about this, and members of Congress plan to introduce a bill to accelerate the effective date of the bill from February 22, 2010 to December 1, 2009. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-25 19:18:38

QuickBooks Pro 2009 3 User

Amazon. com Product Description Small business accounting software that makes accounting easy with tools to organize your finances all in one place. Track sales & expenses. Click to enlarge. Reduce data entry by downloading your bank & credit card transactions into QuickBooks. Click to enlarge. Create purchase orders. Click to enlarge. Generate reports with one click to see how your business is doing. Click to enlarge. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 23:40:46

Where It Went 11/26-12/09

This budgeting period started out pretty great. As I hoped, going home for Thanksgiving was a real money saver, ... of presents.Wednesday - wonder why my $20 payment to my credit card has still not processed through my bank account one week later. Log into my account and discover the credit card company isn't showing my payment [more...]

Date: 2008-12-10 14:40:00

Smash and grab thieves strike Pasco parents - again

LAND O???LAKES -- Thieves that target purses inside vehicles parked at day care centers appear to have returned, ... their children inside, then they smash the window, steal a purse and flee. They hand off bank and credit cards ... for information that leads to the identification of a woman who fraudulently used a credit card [more...]

Date: 2008-12-11 22:01:03

The Identity Theft Epidemic

In today’s modern world there’s an increasing threat level associated with identity theft.  With newer technology being implemented and invented everyday, this rise has been due in many respects that that innovative technology. Criminals are using that smarter technology to increasingly break into bank accounts, credit card facilities and the like quicker and easier without going detected.  But what is identity theft actually? [more...]

Date: 2009-09-01 13:58:26

The Identity Theft Epidemic

In today’s modern world there’s an increasing threat level associated with identity theft.  With newer technology being implemented and invented everyday, this rise has been due in many respects that that innovative technology. Criminals are using that smarter technology to increasingly break into bank accounts, credit card facilities and the like quicker and easier without going detected.  But what is identity theft actually? [more...]

Date: 2009-09-01 13:58:26

All the time, I get requests from readers asking me for recommendations of financial products ... account? What credit card should I get? Where should I get my insurance from? What kind of software ... in the world. I’ve never held a credit card with a lot of banks. I’ve only had accounts with a few [more...]

Date: 2008-09-09 20:00:17

What Are the Most Common Ways to Commit Identity Theft or Fraud?

It’s the number one source of consumer complaints at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ... when you’re gone. If your employer is authorized to pull credit reports on employees or potential customers ... number (SSN), bank or credit card account numbers, income, name, address, or phone number, and use [more...]

Date: 2008-10-18 03:19:05

Top 10 Ways To Protect Yourself From Online Identity Theft

Identity theft is becoming a bigger problem as more and more people are making the internet a bigger part of their lives ... theft schemes. In many cases the ‘phishing party’ uses your credit card to order goods for them selves, in other cases they will apply for credit cards, set up bank accounts, and take advantage [more...]

Date: 2009-01-08 14:37:32

Los Angeles Mortgage Rates Report: January 14, 2009

The US Treasury Department has been supporting the mortgage bonds market, in order to keep mortgage rates under 5% ... , their funding line gets filled up.  Imagine a funding line (sometimes called a warehouse line of credit) like a big credit card,  Normally, a big bank needs, say $100 Billion for its line.  The unexpected [more...]

Date: 2009-01-14 06:35:15

FTC Reports Increasing Collection Abuse Complaints

Are you the victim of collection abuse? As economic problems in America worsen, debt collection methods become more aggressive ... billion in revolving debt such as credit cards. In 2003, Americans owed a total of $770 billion, showing ... their credit card bills on time. The American Bankers Association revealed 4.5 percent of bank-issued credit [more...]

Date: 2008-11-11 01:42:27

10 Ways Your Identity Can Be Stolen

Who’s in your wallet? It might be more than a some dead presidents and a few bank logos ... and how.  Check your card statements and immediately report any fraud. Going Phishing - Nearly everyone has gotten an email from X bank or Y credit card claiming there’s a problem, and if you could [more...]

Date: 2009-01-14 16:04:47

Citibank Declares 30-Day Payment Holiday to Philippine Customers

For the first time since it has had a presence in the Philipines, Citibank (NYSE:C) has declared a 30-day payment holiday for it Citibank Savings personal loan borrowers, as well as those holding credit cards with the bank who live in the Philippines. This was in response to Tropical Storm “Ondoy,” which has wreaked havoc in the country, disrupting the lives of many people in the region, especially highly populated urban areas like Manila. [more...]

Date: 2009-10-01 16:02:11


FINTAG COMMENT Plastic Ono Bank. Bank of America is having trouble packaging up its credit card receivables and flogging them on. You see, to get a decent FICO score you need debts that are likely to be paid back but BoA seems unable to throw any into the mix. I made the error yesterday of stating Mastercard and Visa were in trouble and rightly so I was shot down for they are payment processors not debt holders. I was using a metaphorical term but it didn't work. [more...]

Date: 2009-08-25 23:35:00

Bank Bailout Puts Taxpayers At Risk

ABC News' Betsy Stark reports: It all feels less frantic than the government's rescue of the financial system a couple of months ago -- and we can ... , it is reasonable to expect more loan defaults on everything from mortgages to credit cards. And if banks are forced to use their cash to cover losses rather than make loans, well, how does the [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 19:01:22

Who Wants To Win A Macbook Air?

My friend Shoemoney is holding a viral Twitter contest to give away two Flip Mino HD digital camcorders and maybe a Macbook Air ... Was Brought To You By Best Credit Card Offers Get up to $250 or even FREE round-trip plane tickets by signing up for hot credit card offers and bank deals! [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 21:38:46

Details on Equifax ID Patrol and Your Chance to Win a Free Trial

Recently I had the chance to interview Steve Ely, president of Equifax Personal Solutions, about their Equifax ID Patrol service ( ... now, there are people who want to steal your personal information. To help themselves to the credit you’ve worked hard to build—and use it to open bank accounts and credit cards, take out loans, and even file [more...]

Date: 2008-07-25 12:46:28

Headline News - October 24, 2008

New Mercator Advisory Group Report: Re-examining Debit Rewards at the Top Fifty Banks Prepaid Card Holdings, ... pose special concerns CreditCards.com: Weekly Credit Card Rate Report The PayPal Blog: New Button ... , No Card Issuance Fee and No Activation Fees Canadian Payments Association: CPA Board Decides [more...]

Date: 2008-10-24 11:43:58

Forrester’s 2008 Customer Experience Rankings December 15, 2008

Posted by Bruce Temkin in Customer Experience Index, Customer experience ... , Cigna, Citibank, Comcast, Costco, credit unions, Hampton Inn, Medicaid, Sprint, SunTrust Bank, Time ... 12 industries: Airlines, Banks, Credit Card Providers, Health Plans, Hotels, Insurance Firms [more...]

Date: 2008-12-15 13:57:20

Has Deleveraging Even Begun? (Not For the Fainthearted)

It no doubt seems absurd to question the idea that deleveraging in underway ... . Leveraged buyout loans have been scarce to non-existent. Banks have cut home equity credit lines and credit card borrowing limits. Commercial and industrial loans have fallen. The private mortgage [more...]

Date: 2008-07-28 07:37:19

Beware: Scammers Impersonating KIA Offer Fraudulent Job Opportunities

.fullpost{display:inline;}Every day con artists look for new ways to scam internet users from their money ... that could result in identity theft or possibly the misuse of bank and credit card details. Gary Tomlinson ... was not caught out, but this is a particularly callous attempt at fraud as it hits people desperately looking [more...]

Date: 2009-01-08 16:39:00

5 Reasons Why You May Be Turned Down For Finance

Factors contributing to someone's credit score... Image via Wikipedia Being turned down for a credit card or a loan can come as a bit of a shock, especially as banks and credit cards have been slated recently for irresponsible lending and really [more...]

Date: 2008-11-27 08:33:25

moving your money to a safer bank. *Based on FDIC data from March 2008. ... » Banks and Fraud: Bank of America Better Than Expected? » More Credit Card Customers at Risk ... . Dovetailing nicely with my article on how to freeze your credit record, Ben talked [more...]

Date: 2008-07-16 10:10:35

Debt and Deflation

Depressing times Nov 13th 2008 From The Economist print edition Are rich economies heading merely for a bout of falling prices, ... 12th focused their rescue efforts on loans for cars and college and on credit cards. Central banks ... . It will not be easy: deflation—annual falls in consumer prices—is increasingly likely next year [more...]

Date: 2008-11-14 18:55:38

Bankruptcy Law Forces Consumers Into Foreclosure

After a $25-million lobbying campaign in 2005 by Bank of America, Citigroup, JP Morgan & Chase and Washington Mutual, Congress passed a law forcing people to continue paying their credit card debt even after ... on their credit cards to keep their house, hundreds of thousands of Americans may be forced into home [more...]

Date: 2008-12-23 10:21:14

Making Credit Card Master Card Free

How?Only with you, you can get a free debit card output from Royal Bank of Scotland ... business from internet services if compared to even check through paypal, especially for those who do not have a credit card.You do not need to worry, the card is a legal, safe and reliable and the most [more...]

Date: 2008-12-31 06:24:00

Headline News - January 14, 2009

Wall St. Journal: Bank of America to Get Billions in U.S ... Services Acquires Private Label Credit Card Program of Canadian Luxury Jeweler Birks Bank Systems ... AIte Group Report: U.S. Credit Unions: Seize the Opportunity Note: Throughout the day, as Payments [more...]

Date: 2009-01-14 13:26:41


by Rob Kosberg Perhaps it is time to seriously look into your personal financial situation. We should always be monitoring our credit because it needs to remain GOOD. However, if you have recently been denied credit or if you are in shock from looking at your credit card balances or bank [more...]

Date: 2009-01-07 20:02:03

Bank turmoil windfall for fraudsters

The ongoing market carnage has given rise to a huge phishing boom, security experts say ... an e-mail, into surrendering private information such as password, credit card and bank account numbers with the object of fraudulently using them. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued [more...]

Date: 2008-10-14 04:54:02

I don't get Facebook

That’s not entirely true. I get the whole “portal” concept, which has been around for a while ... authentication for email, instant messaging, blogging, and photo sharing — though Google is making its own ... password logins exclusively. So do most banks and credit card companies. So does PayPal. So do most [more...]

Date: 2009-01-13 12:48:00

IVR (Interactive Voice Response) - A Brief Explanation

IVR (interactive voice response) is a telephony technology that allows users to interact with a database through phone keypad or voice commands ... to do things like check bank balances, manage credit cards, check for store hours or locations, or order ... hours. IVR systems are also used to report non-emergency problems to cable or utility services [more...]

Date: 2009-01-17 04:48:05

Paris Hilton Web Site Hacked: ParisHilton.com Virus

Paris Hilton’s been infected. It was only a matter of time ... viruses, that then tries to obtain login information to their online bank accounts. “Some parts of Paris ... to access your computer and get bank records and credit card numbers,” Garry Scott, a spokesman [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 02:27:13

How to Keep Criminals away from Your Personal Information

by Michael Benifez Identity theft is becoming the fastest growing crime problem in the United States, ... and using the names, addresses, bank account information, credit card numbers, and Social Security ... when an insider, like an employee or a contractor, gets hold of credit reporting information [more...]

Date: 2008-08-10 20:49:04

25+ Tools For Accounting and Budgeting

There are a growing number of online services dedicated to helping users manage their finances ... to be a more streamlined, less labor intensive accounting system for small businesses in an attempt to free ... your different accounts from banks and credit cards, lets you budget and also lets you do shared [more...]

Date: 2008-08-14 20:05:40

Young people should act on debt early

Following a study suggesting that the 18-34 age group are most at risk from the credit crunch, with many carrying significant debts, ... sense of security”. As a result, they have “run up huge credit card bills, smashed their piggy banks and are now staring at a broken housing ladder”, the report claims. The report dubs the age group [more...]

Date: 2009-01-08 19:11:08

A Standard hoax

Yesterday, The Times received an e-mail headed “Dear Standard Bank Client”, stating that because we had two accounts operating off the same card, ... . We recently reviewed your credit card and it seems that you are using the same credit card for 2 accounts [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 09:00:32

More Important Than Lipstick, Take 3

by hilzoy From the NYT: "Tracey Minda needed cash to buy clothes and school supplies for her 6-year-old son before the 2006 school year ... , banks and credit cards remain in business. I wonder how? According to this CBS report ... her debt. Ohio lawmakers sought last spring to aid borrowers like Ms. Minda by capping annual [more...]

Date: 2008-09-13 04:07:30

Banks Increase Lending Standards Across The Board

credit card sign The July 2008 Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practices released by the Federal Reserve describes a lending ... free to click on the above link if you want those (or you can read Mish’s blog post--he does a great job of summing up this report), but I do want to make the point that these numbers [more...]

Date: 2008-08-12 15:54:31

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