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Gift card scammers skirt security with new tricks
As gift card security increases, fraudsters are upping their game with old-fashioned trickery and new technology intended to part you from your money ... More
Stretch holiday budgets by using gift card exchange sites
While you probably wouldn't give mom a used sweater for the holidays, you might be able to save money by buying other people’s unwanted gift cards at a discount ... More
12 gifts that cost more to receive
Tablet, iPhone, a new puppy? Sometimes your best intentions to fulfill holiday wishes end up costing recipients more than what you intended ... More
‘Let's Talk Credit’ by Jane McNamara
When high card balances
ruin your credit
How much of your available credit should you use to keep a high credit score? There's no one-size-fits-all answer, but the less credit you use, the better. More...
‘To Her Credit’ by Sally Herigstad
Are family members responsible for mom's debt?
An 89-year-old mom is carrying $20,000 in card debt from purchasing gifts for loved ones. Will the family be liable for the debt when she dies?  More...
‘Cashing In’ by Cathleen McCarthy
Card perks that can save you cash this holiday
If you've got a rewards card, pay attention to holiday benefits and promotions that can make shopping a little less expensive and stressfull.  More...
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U.S. looks to speed up tortoise-like U.S. payments
The U.S., with its supposedly dynamic financial system, still takes days to complete noncash payments. So the Fed is holding a nationwide brainstorming session for ways to complete payments in "near real-time."  More...
CFPB to look at 'confusing' card rewards
To help combat confusion over credit card rewards programs, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is zeroing in on the way rewards programs are marketed and may one day ask issuers to make their rewards programs easier to understand.  More...
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