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Credit Card Delinquencies Reach 11-Year Low — Dollars and Sense

These days more credit card customers are paying their bills on time than they have over the course of the last decade.

A report released earlier today by the American Bankers Association indicates that delinquencies on credit cards are currently at an 11-year low, with only 2.93 percent of credit accounts reported past due by 30 days or more. These figures come in substantially under the 3.91 percent 15-year average.

So, what’s with all of the newfound responsibility?

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American Express Deceives Customers, Will Issue $85 Million Refund — Dollars and Sense

Have an American Express card that you never leave home without? You can expect a refund.

According to a report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, American Express will be refunding $85 million to some 250,000 customers due to what officials are calling deceptive practices that include the charging of illegal late fees and discrimination against applicants 35 years old and up.

For nearly a decade, American Express was guilty of committing various infractions against its card owners that cheated customers into believing they were obtaining benefits like sign-up bonuses and improved credit scores that never came to pass.

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New Rule to Make It Super Easy for Stay-at-Home Parents to Get Credit Cards

There is some relief coming for stay-at-home parents who are often starved of credit access because of lacking personal finances.

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Would You Pay a Surcharge for Using Your Credit Card? — Survey of the Day

When you use plastic to make a purchase, the credit card company bills the vendor a surcharge between 1.5 and three percent.

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Consumers Could Soon Pay a Fee on Credit Card Transactions — Dollars and Sense

Current laws prohibit merchants from adding surcharges to credit card transactions, even though the merchants themselves are dinged with fees for accepting the cards.

But thanks to a lawsuit brought by retailers against card-issuers, all that could soon change.

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Were You One of the 1.5 Million Credit Card Numbers That May Have Been Stolen? — Dollars and Sense

If you have a Visa Card, MasterCard or Discover Card, you’d better keep a close eye on your bills.

Global Payments, a third-party processor of credit card payments, said Sunday that a data breach it experienced last week may have compromised about 1.5 million card numbers.

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Credit Card Interest Rates Hit Near-Record High — Dollars and Sense

If you have a new credit card, chances are good you’re paying more for the privilege now than ever before — interest rates have reached an almost unparallelled high.

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Credit Card Skimmers Found INSIDE Gas Pumps

I'm a paranoid person.  The type that jiggles every slot I put my cards into because I'm wary of skimmers.  That precaution isn't enough anymore.

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