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U.S. financial and economic topics from several finance writers.

5 Credit Card Transactions That Are Just Like a Cash Advance

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Cash advances are one of the most expensive types of credit card transactions. These transactions come with a higher interest rate and a cash advance fee. With most credit cards, you don't get a grace period to pay off the advance and avoid paying a fee. Most people think of a cash advance as using a credit card to get cash from an ATM. Your credit card issuer may treat other types of cash transactions as cash advances....
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The break out of what is a cash advance is useful. Seems it gets lost in the actual terms and conditions lenders include in the or... Read More
Saturday, 13 July 2019 03:18
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Storing Your Credit Card for One-Click Payments

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When you make frequent online purchases from the same retailers, you might consider saving your credit card information for one-click payments. This lets you check out quickly and easily without having to enter your payment and billing information each time. Storing your credit card details is certainly convenient, but is it safe? Just having a credit card puts you at risk of credit card fraud. The more places you've stored your credit card information, the greater...
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Thank you for the reminders on important things to consider when storing card info. One thing that I feel as secure as possible is... Read More
Tuesday, 09 July 2019 21:28
Wanderer
In today's hacked world, I am not one to store any credit card info. Never know who will get hacked next. Only enter the card info... Read More
Saturday, 13 July 2019 03:22
Frank
I completely agree Wanderer. There is 100% guarantee your credit card information will get hacked. Good news is you are protected,... Read More
Monday, 26 August 2019 13:26
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What are the Drawbacks of a Secured Credit Card?

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Do you have poor credit? Are you struggling to build a credit history? Do you have concerns about ever qualifying for a credit card? Despite your stress, there are things you can do to put yourself on the right path. For example, a secured credit card comes with a variety of benefits: •    Easier to obtain than an unsecured credit card•    Low fee structure•    Refundable deposit (if you meet the terms and conditions) While these benefits...
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What's the Risk in Closing a Credit Card?

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You may think nothing of closing a credit card you no longer want. Maybe you have too many cards or you have one that doesn't pay any rewards. because you have too many cards or that one doesn't pay any good rewards - you may think nothing of simply closing out the card. That way you don't have to deal with it anymore. However, closing a credit card may have some unintended consequences. Potential Impact to...
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What Consumers Need to Know About Point-of-Sale Loans

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It's normal for retailers to pitch credit cards to shoppers during checkout. The pitch usually comes with an incentive - like a discount on the initial purchase. More retailers are offering a new payment option for consumers: point-of-sale loans. Customers are offered the loans both in-store and online at checkout. Point-of-sale loans are often offered for big ticket items. With the ease of lending, the loans are also offered for online purchases regardless of price. The...
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Good information as I had not heard of such loans. Now if I get approached on them I will take time to consider and read the fine ... Read More
Thursday, 20 June 2019 12:38
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Don’t Have 20 Percent for a Down Payment?

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When buying a home, a variety of financial questions and concerns will move to the forefront. While there are many numbers to keep in mind, 20 percent will come up time after time. This is the magic number when it comes to a minimum down payment.Basic math shows you that this is equivalent to $20,000 down for every $100,000 worth of home. So, if you’re buying a property for $200,000, a $40,000 down payment is what...
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Sometimes even when you do not have 20% down, you will be money ahead in owning over leasing/renting and you potentially are build... Read More
Thursday, 13 June 2019 05:15
Frank
I will say I did not have 20% saved to purchase my first home. Most banks were still willing to work with me and I also did not ha... Read More
Sunday, 30 June 2019 10:56
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Will Your Job Check Your Credit Score

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It’s a common myth that your credit score can keep you from getting a job or promotion. While your current or a prospective employer may check your credit, they’re not checking your credit score. In fact, a credit score may not even be useful to an employer because it doesn’t provide the information they need to make a decision about you. An employer wants to see your credit information, so they receive a modified version of your...
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Good information that let's an applicant know the reasoning behind an employment credit check. With family that have worked in ban... Read More
Saturday, 08 June 2019 06:52
Frank
I actually am against employers looking at your credit score. I do not think it is right.
Wednesday, 31 July 2019 13:22
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Don’t Pay That Credit Card Fee, Contact Customer Service

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Imagine this: you receive your credit card statement expecting more of the same, but are surprised when you come across a fee. There are many types of credit card fees, including but not limited to: annual fee, late fee, and foreign transaction fee. While these are all legitimate fees that you agreed to upon signing up for the credit card, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to pay them. Before you do anything, contact customer service...
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I have almost a 100% acceptance rate calling the credit card's customer service. American Express is especially helpful.
Thursday, 27 June 2019 08:37
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What to Do If Your Credit Card is Maxed Out

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Most credit cards come with a credit limit, which is the highest outstanding balance you’re allowed to have on your credit card. Your credit limit is based on a few factors: your credit score, your income, and the credit card itself. Spending all the way up to your credit limit is known as maxing out your credit card. Even though your credit card issuer allows you to spend all the way up to your credit limit,...
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Scary thing about maxing credit cards is when your balance shows up at the credit bureaus and the other creditors that monitor you... Read More
Sunday, 07 April 2019 06:02
Frank
If you have maxed out of your credit cards, you should seek financial assistance or professional help to begin tackling your debt.... Read More
Thursday, 30 May 2019 10:06
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Buying Life Insurance? Avoid These Mistakes

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Buying life insurance is never easy, as you may find yourself pulled in two different directions. On one hand, you want to put a lot of time into the process because you understand how important it is to purchase the right policy. On the other hand, who really want to think about what will happen when they pass away? Below are five of the most common mistakes people make when buying life insurance: 1. Neglect to...
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I always recommend pursuing term life insurance. To me the benefits far out weigh all other options.
Sunday, 28 April 2019 19:36
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