Archive for July 2011


Banks are turning to you to help recover lost revenue

Published 7/29/11  (Modified 8/15/11)

Banks are turning to you to help recover lost revenue By Jim Sloan

Banks used to make a lot of money off your mistakes--your overdrafts, your late fees and the penalties you paid for skipping a monthly credit card payment. But since Congress decided that many of those revenue-raising practices had to stop, the banks are back at your doorstep with a whole slew of new fees.

While the new charges might be less underhanded than the ones banned by Congress, they are just as annoying to consumers, and have sent many running from their brick-and-mortar banks to online savings banks.

But those of you staying with a traditional bank may find that the new fees being proposed require that you be more vigilant than ever to keep the banks from siphoning off your savings to help their bottom line.

Why banks need money

Banks have been stung in recent years by federal reforms that limit how they collect fees for overdrafts and credit cards...

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American Express Facebook page offers effortless discounts to cardholders

Published 7/25/11

American Express Facebook page offers effortless discounts to cardholders By Melissa Rudy

American Express, the company known for offering some of the best rewards credit cards, just broke new ground with a social networking campaign that delivers discounts and special offers directly to the customers who want them. This customized credit card marketing strategy is linked to AmEx's Facebook presence, and the discounts are offered only to members who sign up for them on the American Express business page.

AmEx uses Facebook to personalize special offers

American Express is the largest credit card company in the world by purchase volume, and it aims to stay that way, so this personalized marketing strategy should come as no surprise. It relies on new technology--and cutting-edge ways of using that technology--to refine cardholders' expectations and customize special offers individually, based on Facebook profiles and online preferences.

"We're running algorithms to serve up offers that are relevant to your likes, your preferences, and your friends," said Edward Gilligan, vice chairman of American Express...

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What's your type? 3 credit card profiles of savvy shoppers

Published 7/22/11  (Modified 1/7/14)

What's your type? 3 credit card profiles of savvy shoppers By Maryalene LaPonsie

I was probably about 19 when I stood in line at the supermarket and whipped out my credit card to pay for some groceries. I don't remember what I was buying, but it was apparently too much for the older man behind me. He couldn't help but ask how I was going to pay my credit card bill. My flippant response was something to the effect of "My kids will take care of it when I die." He rolled his eyes, and I rolled them right back. Now that I am slightly older and, ahem, more mature, I can see the error of my ways. At the time, I had the profile of a credit card abuser … racking up debt with reckless abandon. No doubt, I expected a money tree to bloom in the backyard at any moment. But truth be told, without a plan, it is just a matter of time before you self-destruct under the weight of impulse purchases and mounting interest rates.

Savvy shoppers, on the other hand, fall into three profiles when it comes to credit card use. If you don't see yourself in one of these profiles, it might be time to re-evaluate whether you are credit card user or an abuser...

 

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3 credit rewards cards that can help you travel on the cheap

Published 7/13/11  (Modified 12/19/13)

3 credit rewards cards that can help you travel on the cheap By Alise Ramey

Editor's Note: Thank you for your interest, these offers have expired and are no longer available.

Whether you're just finishing school, or a few years out, it is important to build credit. The best way of doing this is by finding a credit card that works with you, that fits your lifestyle, and one that offers something in return. Travel rewards credit cards can fit the bill for this.  

Traveling on the cheap

Traveling this summer doesn't have to be expensive. By getting a travel rewards card, you can save money while you enjoy yourself. There are some travel / frequent flyer credit cards that offers, perfect for someone who is young and looking to increase their credit score while also traveling.

Travel credit cards tend to offer excellent benefits for frequent travelers. They allow you to earn points and airline, hotel, and general travel rewards on most purchases made with your credit card.

So which cards should you look into?...

 

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Capital One Platinum Prestige Mastercard saves money with low APR and no annual fee

Published 7/6/11  (Modified 8/7/14)

By Elaine Griffin

Editor's Note: Thank you for your interest, this offer expired and is no longer available.

Capital One Platinum Prestige Mastercard saves money with low APR and no annual fee

Credit card users with excellent credit will love the Platinum Prestige credit card from Capital One. This card has a zero percent introductory APR through October 2012. It also requires no annual fee.

After October 2012, the APR for purchases and balance transfers will be 10.9 to 18.9 percent variable. The APR for cash advance will be 24.9 percent variable. Although there is no annual fee for this card, other fees do apply.

Capital One Bank, (USA), National Association was established in and became a member of the FDIC in November 1994. They are headquartered in Virginia. Capital One offers services worldwide.

Type of account: Credit Card

Bank requirements:

  • The Platinum Prestige Mastercard is for customers with excellent credit
  • There is a variable APR for purchases and balance transfers after introductory period
  • Cash advances are subject to a variable APR, with no introductory period
  • There are other fees associated with this card
  • For full details, contact Capital One Bank (USA), National Association

Account benefits:

  • There is a zero percent APR on purchases and balance transfers for the first year
  • There is no annual fee associated with this card
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Interest Plus savings account from Capital One Direct

Published 7/5/11

By Elaine Griffin

Capital One Direct offers the Interest Plus savings account. This online account offers a 1.10 percent annual percentage yield on balances of $1,000 or more. There is also a ten percent quarterly bonus earned for customers keep an average balance of over $10,000 or an active Capital One credit card. In order to open this account, customers must make a minimum one-dollar deposit.

Account type: Savings account

Bank requirements:

  • This account is open nationally to current and new Capital One customers
  • Bonus is earned with an average daily balance of at least $10,000
  • Customers with a Capital One credit card can also earn the bonus
  • Account must be opened with at least one-dollar
  • For full details, contact Capital One Bank (USA), National Association

Account benefits:

  • 1.10 percent APY is earned on balances of $1,000 or more
  • 0.10 percent APY is earned on balances under $1,000
  • Ten percent quarterly bonus can be earned when qualifications are met

Capital One Bank, (USA), National Association was established in and has been a member of the FDIC since November 1994. They are headquartered in Virginia, and offer banking solutions to customers around the globe.

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