Innovations and Payment Systems

Anatomy of a credit card

The long string of numbers, the magnetic stripe, the signature strip, the bank logo — each plays a role in making credit transactions work.

Get to know the anatomy of your credit card: Click the circles in the image below to reveal what the standard parts of a card contain. Flip the card over using the arrow.

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Spotting and avoiding hidden hotel fees

Taking a page from airline and card industries, hotels are raking in billions of dollars a year in unexpected and sometimes hidden fees. Here’s how you can steer clear of such costs

Published: July 7, 2014

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