Beth Braverman

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Beth Braverman

Beth Braverman is a freelance journalist writing about personal finance, careers and parenting. She enjoys traveling, cooking and cashing in her hard-earned credit card rewards.

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Business credit cards: Easier to get than you may think -- Whether you have a small business with a few employees or you're a gig economy worker, you shouldn't have much trouble getting a business credit card. ... (See Business credit cards)

More card issuers offering virtual card numbers to cut fraud risk -- Virtual account numbers have been around for years, but they're being used more now in the wake of the massive Equifax hack. ... (See Virtual account numbers)

Metal credit cards aren't just for the wealthy now -- Metal credit cards aren't just for the wealthy now. Once reserved only for affluent, a few no-annual-fee cards now have that "plunk" factor. ... (See Metal credit cards)

Should you use credit cards to finance your startup? -- Financing your startup with credit cards has its benefits and drawbacks. Before you go this route, you should weigh some other options, too. ... (See Credit cards and startups)

Military Lending Act credit card rules cap finance charges -- The Military Lending Act caps finance charges at 36 percent and adds other consumer protections for service members and their dependents. The law's credit card provisions kicked in Oct. 3, 2017 ... (See Military Lending Act)

How not to go broke as a wedding guest -- A card's sign-up bonus, cashing in rewards can save you on wedding travel and gifts ... (See Wedding)

Credit cards compete to make you feel like a VIP -- Travel credits, luxurious perks and unique materials aim to turn your and others' heads ... (See VIP)

Corporate cards go virtual, offering added security -- Virtual corporate cards allow companies to generate a card number, unique CVV code and expiration date. And they?re expected to be used to spend billions in 2017 ... (See Virtual cards)

Mobile credit card application is safe -- and easier now -- There's less fraud risk with mobile than mailing your personal info, experts say ... (See Mobile)

Employers running credit checks on job applicants must tread carefully -- The screening tool is increasingly seen as unfair by state legislatures, though they may make sense in some cases ... (See Credit checks)

Why should I opt-in to credit card issuer text alerts? -- Mastercard and Visa require that all card issuers provide opt-in alert programs for potentially fraudulent transactions ... (See Alerts)

Overcoming 5 merchant barriers to EMV chip cards -- What to do if your business hasn't become EMV-ready because of costs, certification delays and consumer complaints ... (See EMV )

Mobile payments laws have gaps but you can still stay safe -- As the use of mobile payments grows, laws offering fraud protections have not caught up. Here's how to stay safe despite gaps in regulations ... (See Mobile)

Getting a new cellphone? Expect a credit check -- If you're signing up for a traditional cellphone contract, your credit will probably be checked. But if your credit isn't great, you have more options than before ... (See Credit check)

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Updated: 06-19-2019