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Credit card defaults are on the rise.  From Reuters:  Capital One Financial Corp (COF.N), one of the largest issuers of MasterCard and Visa credit cards, said on Thursday that credit defaults rose in December as a deepening recession led unemployment to its highest level in almost 16 [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 14:09:06

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Visa Mobile Android app arrives, available for select G1 owners

On Dec. 10, Visa released its first official Android Market app - Visa Mobile - giving (”select Chase Visa cardholder”) ... have an urgent credit card matter? Maybe Visa will convince you otherwise with its promotional video ... ’s fast moving world.” More specifically, users will receive card transaction updates, be able [more...]

Date: 2008-12-15 23:22:21

Brief Interview With a Visa Representative

You may have noticed a new sponsor lately. Yep it’s Visa ... to use as a credit card? Despite the popularity of debit cards, consumers are often confused ... of the same features and protections provided by their credit card are also offered with debit cards [more...]

Date: 2008-12-23 16:49:43


Tristan was recently asked to create an original work of art for Japan’s leading fashion chain MAURI CO., to be featured in their collection of EPOS / VISA credit cards that just hit the market. How cool! This special edition collection of credit cards were designed by 100 artists from around [more...]

Date: 2009-01-13 22:02:16

Best Prepaid Credit Card – What To Look For

September 27, 2009 | By Dan Moskel In Finance | by Dan MoskelYou may have heard of these and asked, “why are they called credit cards if you receive no credit?” To answer that question and many others, let’s look at them in detail.Nearly all of the major issuers offer these. The concept is very simple. Once you are approved, and nearly everybody regardless of their history is, you get a card in the mail. It looks identical to a regular one typically with a Visa or MasterCard logo. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-27 18:13:10

Credit Cards for VIPs - Visa Black is the Dark Knight to Kill Amex Centurian (VIDEO)

(TrendHunter.com) Visa Black is the Dark Knight of credit cards. Visa is accepting applications for their $495 annual fee card because they want to give you 24-hour concierge service, luxury gifts and priority access to… [more...]

Date: 2008-12-23 21:39:54

Credit Card Banks 'Rate-Jack' Customers

It arrived in Rich Stevens' mailbox a few weeks ago: the notice that Citibank had "rate-jacked" the Visa cards belonging to him and his wife. Some credit card holders have seen their interest rates go up dramatically, a practice called ... , he said. Stevens said he did not know why the rates had soared; his credit rating is great. [more...]

Date: 2008-12-19 19:31:17

CurbedWire: The Great Architect Auction

Click the image above to view the full photogallery. ARTS DISTRICT: This would make a fine holiday present for your architect boyfriend ... . Credit card (Master Card, Visa and American Express accepted), check or cash. 6) Bid will be finalized [more...]

Date: 2008-12-10 01:31:54

Expensify: A new take on expense reporting

Business travel seems to be one enormous headache, with the long security lines, the new fees for luggage, ... your credit card information. They send you a brand new Visa debit card, which you then use ... . I do have to consolidate expenses to invoice my clients, however, which accounts for more than half of my travel. Over [more...]

Date: 2008-09-24 11:30:59

A “Computer Glitch” Caused Macy’s Customers to be Charged Twice

On December 22, a representative for Visa wrote about that company’s protection for customers who use debit cards: If your account is compromised, ... provisional credit for losses from unauthorized card use within 5 business days of notification ... Visa is committed to setting things right without further aggravation or inconvenience [more...]

Date: 2008-12-30 20:00:49

Paying My Student Loans

This post originally appeared on January 23, 2008. It explains how I’ve managed my American student loan payments as an expatriate in France ... with me when I moved to France: my American Visa and my student loans. I have paid off my credit card, although ... . Then it finally hit me- my father owns a store, and has the ability to charge credit cards [more...]

Date: 2008-12-25 11:00:02

I’ve Become a Victim of the Credit Crunch

I already knew the credit card companies considered me a deadbeat, but I didn’t think I was that bad.  Sheesh ... be at the moment.  I think that’s bull ish.  But I don’t carry a balance, so I can’t really get mad. 4. Navy Federal Credit Union Platinum Visa Limit: $20,000 Thoughts: Always nice to have a credit union [more...]

Date: 2009-01-08 11:12:43

So, can my crack dealer make change?

So, can my crack dealer make change? Posted by Basil at 5:00 am Ran into a situation Monday ... credit cards. So, I broke out my Visa card, and paid the bill. But that $100 bill? Useless [more...]

Date: 2009-01-06 10:00:12

Executive Grovels: "MasterCard Can Be Very Islamic".....

Sellouts.... In Egypt, where the colloquial term for any credit card is “visa,” it is easy to forget that a host of financial service companies are here, vying for a slice of the market presented [more...]

Date: 2008-12-17 20:34:17

Most Popular on Consumerism Commentary: December 2008

One of the best methods of reading Consumerism Commentary and staying up-to-date with the latest articles and posts is through RSS subscription ... , November 2008 The Schwab Bank Invest First Visa Signature Credit Card (by Smithee) FNBO Direct Drops [more...]

Date: 2009-01-05 04:24:45


Year 2008 was mostly devoted to debt elimination. I was able to terminate some credit cards and be able to enjoy some trips without hurting our ... Visa Card update my blogs every week (xerkel and textpartner) get a health insurance [more...]

Date: 2009-01-05 06:13:10

Top 1000 most expensive keywords updated 725-825

Updated the next 100 from 725-825 wow did you know that enterprise web hosting costs you $32 , ... rate $32.89 mesothelioma attorneys $32.88 student debt consolidation $32.88 irs ... countydui attorneys $32.76 platinum visa credit card $32.75 term insurance quotes online [more...]

Date: 2008-12-17 21:46:00

NAB rolls out contactless terminals

National Australia Bank has announced that it will roll out systems to over 500 Melbourne merchants this month, which will enable them to take customers' payment when they hold their cards up to a reader, but has stopped developing technology for payments via mobile phone. One of the new readers (Credit: NAB) Customers won't have to sign or enter their PIN for transactions under $100 for Visa chip cards with the new payWave feature, or under $35 for cards with the rival Mastercard technology. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-21 05:59:01


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

No Credit Mastercard

No Credit Mastercard Posted in Finance | January 15th, 2009 Even though there was a difference, commonly in favor of Visa, ... difference between themdifference between the two. To an individual going through bad credit issues, they probably won’t be concerned enough to care about whose credit card they are provide [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 03:41:24

That Epic Fail That Was 2008: #2

Wall Street Crumbles Unlike more financially successfully friends, I didn’t spend much time studying Economics while in college ... their credit card bills. The government can bail us all out. That’s it. I’m buying an Audi R8 on my starter Visa. Future failings: You know what happens to those who don’t follow history, right? Failed [more...]

Date: 2008-12-16 21:22:48

Lawsuit Proceeds: Don’t Leave Home Without Them

Credit cards The settlement of a major lawsuit by a public company has generally not been used as a moment to comment on a company’s financial ... , in announcing a $1.8 billion settlement with MasterCard Inc. (after a similar, larger agreement with Visa ... While it is too early to assess the impact of these indicators, the antitrust settlement we’ve [more...]

Date: 2008-06-25 15:08:33

Mobile banking is too risky in the eyes on consumers

According to a recently published report entitled “2008 Mobile Banking Security Standards” consumers are too wary of security to use their mobile ... for mobile banking transactions instead of whipping out cash or a credit card isn’t worth the risks ... program could also be put into place. Perhaps when mobile banking service providers such as Visa (whi [more...]

Date: 2008-12-31 09:24:33

Daily Dump: 2008 ESPN GameDay In Review, 10 Dumbest Athlete Off-Field Injuries, 10 Gay Moments In Sports, Katie Holmes Lips, Hot Chicks Eating Food & Playboy 55th Anniversary

chantellehoughtonap_468x820.jpg Looks like this WAG has found her a Visa card to max out. Wow, what a night of sporting action ... sex drive contributing to credit crunch Asylum Planned Parenthood gift certificate for Christmas [more...]

Date: 2008-12-11 12:27:26

Synthetic man

Susan Crane’s book on Ritual, Identity and Clothing During the 100 Years War has a chapter on “Talking Garments” ... . Who we are is represented by electronic entries on databases, card-sized pieces of plastic and of course, biometrics ... in 2007 for overstaying her visa, slipped back in. She has been barred from returning for five years [more...]

Date: 2009-01-08 01:37:08

Swiping Device Takes Back Seat

Creative Mobile Technologies (CMT), the nation's largest comprehensive taxi technology services provider, has inked a deal with Boston Cab Dispatch, ... -swipe credit card payment system as well as multi-channel, interactive media screens and additional ... of Boston's mandate, that by April 2009, all taxis must provide rear-seat credit card acceptance [more...]

Date: 2009-01-13 19:36:00

Visa Debit Card Questions and Answers

You may have noticed the Visa logo on the right sidebar, and thought to yourself, “Hmmmm … I wonder if Visa is a sponsor on Mighty Bargain Hunter? ... of a blog carnival on debt reduction, I’ve seen good stories from people who have foregone ... with merchants. Will I get the same assistance as using a debit card? Visa’s Response: Visa debit [more...]

Date: 2008-12-23 07:51:56

How to Avoid a Lawsuit From a Collection Agency

The first thing you need to understand is that most large collection companies have a lawyer at their disposal who writes letters on their behalf ... to respond… they’ll sell the debt to another collection agency for pennies on the dollar. In order for them ... that they cannot legally be collected on. So even with a judgment to repay the debt… the collec [more...]

Date: 2009-01-14 19:53:56

MC Discounts Charges "Interchange is Way Too High"

In an attempt to dispel myths regarding Interchange, MasterCard has put together a brochure (PDF) designed to show how priceless Interchange is ... institutions. Today, some 25,000 financial institutions provide the cards and services that allow hundreds ... -- In light of the ongoing discussion and debate about the role of credit in today's economic [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 22:26:00

Banks Supposedly Will Cut Consumer Credit Card Lines by $931 Billion if Reforms Mandated

There is a rather amusing story at the Financial Times tonight, "Credit card reforms ‘to cost banks billions’". Let's look at the particulars ... from customers. But how much more are the credit card issuers making due to the tremendous drop in funding ... . The story is based on a study by law firm Morrison & Forester which concluded that banks [more...]

Date: 2008-12-15 01:59:42

It's time to settle the bill for all that festive goodwill

Thousands of shoppers who over-flexed their plastic on Christmas presents will be dreading checking, let alone paying off, ... on to a 0% balance transfer credit card and pay off whatever you can within the interest- free period," says ... what is known as an "adverse order of payments". This means that when you pay off your credit card balance [more...]

Date: 2009-01-04 00:04:34

Posts about Home Sales as of January 13, 2009

Want to Make Money Selling Info? 5 Basic Skills You Must Have! - stefsertich.blogspot.com 01/13/2009 Newcomers to Internet Selling are looking for ways to gain money. Many of them like what the “newbie cozenage artists” state them is an easy way … merchandising or gross sales in general is this…provide value!That’s always been the idea [more...]

Date: 2009-01-13 14:21:30

Why You Should Never Live On Cash

From Now On, You’ll Learn To Live On Cash If you’ve ever watched the show, Till Debt Do Us Part, then you’ll know that the host, Gail Vaz-Oxlade, ... Cost You Money Whenever possible, I will charge everything I buy on a Credit Card. The main reason for this is because it makes me money. If you’re the kind of person who never runs a credit card [more...]

Date: 2008-12-30 00:19:00

No Credit Mastercard

In these current times in spite of a poor credit rating it is still feasible for an individual to obtain a credit card from the multitude that presently exist. Nonetheless, individuals who are now in a poor credit situation will learn ... a no credit mastercard. In reality the primary question is regarding which one you should choose [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 20:41:42

Free Suze Orman Book, Business Tax Software, and More!

I’m always looking at monthly services that we have and finding ways to pay a little less ... . The goal is to facilitate $100 million in loans to American families and businesses. You can vote ... Your Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOC) From Being Frozen: Max It Out? Buy A Foreclosure For Under [more...]

Date: 2009-01-14 14:29:46


In hard times, board games flourish. Lucy Farmer finds out which ones sell best, where they came from and why we love them ... From INTELLIGENT LIFE magazine, Winter 2008 “Do not pass Go, and do not collect £200!” shouts Johnny gleefully, as Milly trundles her brassy boot round to Jail [more...]

Date: 2009-01-02 23:15:50

No to Debt; Yes to a Credit Card Critic

I got two more credit cards in the mail today and I found it so funny, I actually burst out laughing. I don't get it, I really don't ... ? All credit card owners - the wise and the wisecracking alike - could surely benefit from a one-stop ... and a gold. So, to cover my bases, I got myself one of each. Tsk, tsk. Now you know the kind of credit card [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 12:28:43

Don’t Swipe That Plastic Without Reading This First

by Rice Amire Are you worried about bad credit? Well, you should be more worried if you can not get another credit card because of your record ... not go for universal cards like American Express card, Visa or MasterCard. Credit card companies raise ... . Because of the demands and the sky rocketing fees that most credit card issuers give [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 06:13:45

Cred-Ex's New Alt-Pay

New Alternative Payment Solution Cred-Ex Soon to be Available in the USSecaucus, New Jersey (PRWEB) January 13, 2009 -- Cred-Ex (www.Cred-Ex.com) ... not require consumers to input harmful personal data such as their credit card, bank account or Social ... through its patented process.Cred-Ex will grant instantaneous credit to consumers online on its [more...]

Date: 2009-01-13 20:27:00

Credit Card Fairness For All

Last year the House of Representatives passed a bill of rights for credit cardholders that didn’t make it through the Senate ... . Credit card contracts are scared things. In America today these documents rank with the Ten ... with credit card issuers have a serious flaw. They lack fairness. They don’t give both parties [more...]

Date: 2009-01-04 16:26:33

Beneficial Finance - Mortgage Review

Beneficial Finance, does personal, auto, and mortgage lending as a retail subsidiary of mega-bank parent HSBC Group (NYSE: HBC) ... of Beneficial Finance should be avoided. They are big pushers of credit cards, home equity loans, and debt consolidation mortgages. You can’t expect much better being a subsidiary of HSBC Mortgage [more...]

Date: 2009-01-14 22:05:31

Chase Increased My Credit Limits

Just today, I got a letter from Chase. I opened it and was fearing the worst that they may reduce my credit lines and limits ... pull on my credit reports. I decided against it for “fear” (real or unfounded) that Chase might ... . We have heard in the press and lots of comments on this blog that credit lines have been cut [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 18:19:01

ten things to do before you go solo backpacking

check visa requirements go to malaysia’s official website for ministry of foreign affairs and check the visa entry requirement for the countries ... ! photocopying the important documents photocopy your passport, ic, credit card, plane tickets, train ... your passport, ic, credit card, plane tickets, train tickets. email them to yourself. keep a copy [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 05:32:12

Getting Out of Credit Card Debt; You Can Do It!

Imagine a life without credit card debt. Can you see it? If you’re like many average families, you may have a hard time getting a clear picture ... paychecks. The important truth to know, however, is that it is possible to get out of credit card debt ... of action and some strong resolve to get started on the path to a life without credit card debt [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 13:08:27


credit-card-3.jpg Some credit card holders have seen their interest rates go up dramatically, ... not know why the rates had soared; his credit rating is great. But, like thousands of other credit card ... of the fine print. She agreed that credit card companies get away with whatever they want, as long [more...]

Date: 2008-12-18 17:08:52

An Overview on Merchant Account Services

Did you know that you can improve your business through accepting credit cards by phone? This is true to the fact that carrying credit cards is both safe and more practical. Most people prefer to pay purchased items via credit cards rather than cash. Credit cards are very useful [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 03:08:28

American Red Cross Web-based Classes in Santa Rosa

RED CROSS OFFERS A NEW WEB-BASED LEARNING PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS IN SONOMA & MENDOCINO COUNTIES (JANUARY) ... (have credit card ready) • fax registration information to (707)543-8523 (include date and time of class desired, VISA/Mastercard information, phone and all contact information) • mail check or credit [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 05:20:52

Year 2, Week 27 Results: .6 oz of plastic waste.

I failed to notice last week that another 6 months had gone by since the inception of Fake Plastic Fish ... within the next 6 months) and two from Chase credit card company containing my new credit card and paper statements from the old card that was cancelled due to fraud. Crazy that I signed up for paperless [more...]

Date: 2008-12-22 22:34:15

Wells Fargo Prime Rate Visa Card

Wells Fargo Before I completely lose you and you think this is some lame credit card site from Malaysia, ... for one of their credit cards to 3.25%. Of course, there are dozens of other cards that have 0% but there might be some that bank with Wells Fargo and are not able (or unwilling) to spring for a new card, in which [more...]

Date: 2009-01-14 17:02:09

The Lowdown on Wired Plastic

Wired Plastic is the brand name of one of the most rewarding prepaid debit cards out there. Unlike credit cards, there is no debt involved when purchases are charged to a debit card ... with features like online account management, automated monthly payment systems, a point-collecting [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 02:46:02

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