Money Tips for the College-Bound

on July 30, 2011

If you’re got a student heading off to college in the fall, read these tips for a quick class on managing student money.

How The Debt Ceiling Debate Affects Your Money

on July 28, 2011

While some ceilings are interesting to ponder, many Americans aren’t interested in thinking about our nation’s debt ceiling. Here’s why they should.

College-Affiliated Credit Cards on the Decline

on July 21, 2011

The Penn State Alumni Association received nearly $5 million last year from banks issuing affiliated credit cards. But nationwide, the numbers are nothing to cheer about.

Got Great Credit? Get a Great Rewards Card

on July 14, 2011

Credit card companies are once again trolling for new card customers. Their favorite bait? Rewards like airline miles. But if you want to land a great rewards card, show up with great credit.

Fed To Cast Final Vote on Debit Card Fees Wednesday

on June 27, 2011

There’s only one more vote separating banks from much lower debit card fees. If it happens, it’s certain that retailers win and banks lose. But what about consumers?

Surprise! Study Says Americans Manage Money Badly

on June 24, 2011

More than one in five Americans have turned to alternative lenders like payday loans, pawn shops, or advances on payday loans during the past five years. And two in five have paid substantial interest, fees, or both due to bad borrowing habits.

Credit Card Defaults and Late Payments Decline Again

on June 23, 2011

There’s been a lot of negative news about the economy lately. But here’s some good news: More consumers are able to pay their bills.

10 Tips for This Year’s College Grads

on June 16, 2011

If you’re a recent grad or know someone who is, here’s a checklist that will help start life on the right financial foot.

Senate Rejects Delay of Debit Interchange Fee Cap

on June 9, 2011

Big banks can’t seem to catch a break. On Wednesday afternoon, they lost a vote that would have delayed the implementation of the rule capping so-called “swipe” fees.

Credit Cards for Newlyweds

on June 2, 2011

If this is the year you tie the knot, here’s some advice on merging your money, along with a few possible credit cards for couples.

Tips on Filing a Credit Card Complaint

on May 26, 2011

Starting in July, the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will start accepting complaints about deceptive and abusive financial products, from credit cards to payday loans. While you’re waiting, here are three other ways to voice your displeasure.

Credit Card Defaults and Late Payments Continue Declining

on May 20, 2011

Credit card defaults and delinquencies have dropped to levels not seen since the start of the Great Recession.

Gas Credit Cards Can Offer Attractive Rewards

on May 19, 2011

If you’re feeling pain at the pump, one thing you might try is a credit card that offers rebates on gas purchases. But beware: this plastic comes equipped with plenty of fine print. Here’s the skinny on some of the most popular cards.

Study Finds CARD Act Helped Reduce Credit Card Fees

on May 12, 2011

It’s been two years since the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act became law. A new study suggests it may have done at least part of what Congress intended.

Willingness of Banks to Lend Hits 17-Year High

on May 5, 2011

According the Federal Reserve, banks are ready to embark on a lending binge. But they may be lacking a key ingredient: borrowers.

Credit Card Late Payments Down 17th Month in a Row

on April 29, 2011

Americans continue to recover from the Great Recession. As a nation, we’re borrowing more and paying back more of what we borrow.

U.S. Credit Rating Could Affect Your Interest Payments

on April 28, 2011

The recent news that a Wall Street rating agency lowered its opinion of U.S. government debt isn’t just a wake-up call for Uncle Sam. It’s a warning for all of us.

Rewards Return for Some Credit Cardholders

on April 21, 2011

If you’ve got good credit, credit card rewards are back. From 100,000 free airline miles to extra cash back, some card issuers are offering more bonuses than they have in years.

Financial Advice for Every Stage of Life

on April 14, 2011

Whether you just received your first allowance or your first Social Security check, there are things you need to know. In as few words as possible, here’s a guide to managing money for every age group.

Attractive Airline Rewards Credit Cards Introduced

on April 8, 2011

Here’s a credit card with an offer that’s tough to refuse: 100,000 frequent flier miles – enough for four free tickets – just for signing up. Other airline reward cards are also taking off, but don’t forget to read the fine print.

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