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Gift Cards, The Gift That Can Stop Giving

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Gift cards have been a great tool to give people for rewards and presents. And not that we are creeping towards that holy and special gift giving time of year and gift cards will line the racks and fall first into our consideration of things to give, WATCH OUT! With the danger of so many retailers not making it through ... Read More »

Sears, Home Depot May Lose 8% of Holiday Sales on Credit Limits

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Sears, Home Depot May Lose 8% of Holiday Sales on Credit Limits Bloomberg - 5 minutes ago Outstanding credit-card debt has risen 75 percent since 1999, while real wages have grown 4 percent in the same period, according to a report last month by ... Read More »

Expect Tidal Wave Of Limit Reductions and Credit Card Closures to Hit Before Christmas

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Yesterday I wrote about a little old hardware store that had noticed an increase in card purchases over cash. That’s not a good sign if people are using plastic more for routine things and especially in this environment of credit card issuers reducing credit limits, raising interest rates and closing cards. You see, the credit card issuers are getting freaked ... Read More »

The New Diamond Embedded MasterCard. Really!

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It is still a bit of a buzz but it is worth mentioning. Apparently Kazkommertsbank in Kazakhstan is getting ready to roll out a MasterCard with a diamond embedded in it with gold trim on the card. Last November I wrote a story about the manufacturer of the card if you want to know more about how they are made. ... Read More »

Your Credit Card Company Is Waking Up After A Bender

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Have you ever raised your hurting head the morning after the night before after a little to much fun and alcohol? You know, when you’ve got a bad hangover and possibly regret some of what happened the night before. It’s much the same thing that is going on at credit card companies right now. Now that the economy looks like ... Read More »

American Express to Cut 7,000 Jobs. Experience The Freedom Of Joblessness.

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As part of a reengineering plan, American Express plans to cut some 7,000 jobs, or about 10% of its work force, the company said Thursday morning. The company will cut staffing levels, reduce compensation, lower operating costs, and scale back its investment spending. "We've been engaged for the past few months in an intensive, companywide review of priorities and staffing levels," said Kenneth Read More »

Soon, Where You Shop Will Control Your Credit

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Information is already leaking out about the efforts of American Express to closely watch the places their card members shop at as an indication of credit problems. With mounting losses by credit card companies and an avalanche of new bad credit card debt to come, creditors are looking for ways to identify potential high risk customers in order to reduce ... Read More »

Consumers Feel the Next Crisis: It’s Credit Cards

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Indeed it is. If you're not in top shape for the credit card shakeout that's already taking place, there isn't much you'll be able to do about it. It's probably already too late. After years of flooding the market with credit cards (and generous limits), banks are finally starting to take it back. Eric Dash, a New York Times reporter, does an excellent job of distilling the situation. From Read More »

Credit cards face bad debt

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Credit cards face bad debt SunJournal.com, ME - 1 hour ago Asked in a recent TV interview if credit card debt would be "the next shoe to drop" for the banking industry, Lewis replied: "It, in some ways, already is," ... Read More »

As Economy Slows, Lenders Begin to Curb Credit Cards

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As Economy Slows, Lenders Begin to Curb Credit Cards New York Times, United States - 2 hours ago Currently, the total losses amount to 5.5 percent of credit card debt outstanding, and could surpass the 7.9 percent that occurred after the technology ... Read More »

Credit Card Horror Stories: Tales of Credit Limit Reductions and Account Closures

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Bankrate.com did a story on Friday (sorry for not getting to this earlier) highlighting some of the same stuff that I've been pointing out here for weeks. More and more customers are experiencing credit-limit reductions and account closures. Over the course of the past few weeks, Bankrate.com readers have been chiming in with their own credit-card tales. Many of their stories will seem familiar. Read More »

Outrage Over Credit Cards with 222% APR

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Outrage Over Credit Cards with 222% APR QCK, UK - 1 hour ago The money must then be repaid at a rate that is more than 10 times the average APR of a credit card. Debt groups and politicians have expressed anger at the ... Read More »

Reader Tip of the Day: How to Conveniently Maximize Discover’s Bonus Cash Back

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This tip comes from one of my readers. If you have a tip that you'd like me to pass along, feel free to email me at [email protected] If you want me to give you a tip of the cap (meaning you would like credit for the tip), feel free to include a name that I can use (whether it be a first name or posting ID). I'll publish these tips as often as I get them, so keep those tips coming. Of course, Read More »

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