Hammers, chain saws, axes: all useful tools when used properly, and potentially dangerous as hell in untrained hands.
Credit cards are the same: potentially a useful tool, but when used recklessly, the results can be devastating.
When I was in college back in the 1970s, there were no credit cards on campus. Why? Because to get a credit card, you needed to be creditworthy. In other words, you had to have a job. Back then, credit was a privilege, not a right.
Fast-forward to present day America, however, and banks are falling all over themselves to put plastic in the hands of anyone who can fog a mirror, beginning with unemployed college students.
The banks are anxious to offer credit to the masses at the earliest possible age for one reason: It’s hugely profitable.
In this week’s “Money!” podcast, we’re going to explore the seamy underbelly of credit and talk about some “secrets” about plastic that banks would prefer that you not know. When we’re done, you’re going to be a better borrower.
As usual, my co-host will be financial journalist Miranda Marquit.
Sit back, relax and listen to this week’s “Money!” podcast!
Want more information? Check out these resources:
- “Beware These 5 Sneaky Credit Card Company Tricks“
- “An Easy Way to Improve Your Credit Card Terms — and Possibly Your Credit Score“
- “The Secret to Stopping Unwanted Credit Card Mail for Good“
- Money Talks News’ credit card search tool
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- The Only Retirement Guide You’ll Ever Need (Money Talks News course)
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I founded Money Talks News in 1991. I’m a CPA, and I have also earned licenses in stocks, commodities, options principal, mutual funds, life insurance, securities supervisor and real estate.