Credit Cards


This week: The Postal Service, the CFPB (non) confirmation

Dec 9, 2011
We talk to one of our Washington reporters about what happened in the news this week.
Posted In: U.S. Postal Service, budget cuts, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Richard Cordray, Credit Cards

To close or not to close

Dec 8, 2011
I recently "moved my money" and I'd like to get rid of my old credit cards linked to the old bank accounts. Assuming there are no fees for keeping the old cards, should I save one and not use it, or occasionally use it in case it needs to remain active? Or can I simplify my life, cut loose the dormant accounts and just move on to my new cards? Any advice appreciated. Charlie, San Francisco, CA
Posted In: Credit Cards, credit score

CFPB rewrites credit card fine print

Dec 7, 2011
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wants customers to understand their credit cards better. So, they've unveiled a new and shorter prototype of a credit card agreement.
Posted In: Credit Cards, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

How's my ratio?

Dec 5, 2011
I understand that your credit score is affected by the percentage of your available credit that you use. However, does this reflect the total percentage of the total available, or is it specific to each line of credit? Gabriel, Somerville, MA
Posted In: credit score, Credit Cards

Can you handle a credit card?

Nov 17, 2011
They look like innocent pieces of plastic, but high interest rates and fees can ravage your wallet and your credit score. We talk to a financial expert about how to deal with credit cards responsibly.
Posted In: Credit Cards

Secured credit cards

Oct 24, 2011
Question: Hello, I was just listening to your program here in sunny San Diego, Saturday around noon (Oct 22). You were interviewing a recent...
Posted In: Credit Cards, Getting Personal

Credit card holders pay on time

Oct 14, 2011
Right now, just 3.5 percent of credit card holders are a month or more behind on payments. Has the recession caused a permanent change in habits?
Posted In: Credit Cards

Piggy Bank Award: Three cheers for being debt free!

Sep 23, 2011
This week's little blue piggy goes to a listener who just made the final payment on $21,480 worth of credit card debt with the help of his family.
Posted In: Credit Cards

Plastic fantastic - credit card solicitations rocket

Sep 21, 2011
Credit card solicitations are double what they were last year. Business Insider got its hands on a research report by Credit Suisse, which says...
Posted In: Credit Cards, debt

Get ready for more debit card fees

Aug 18, 2011
Wells Fargo is rolling out a trial monthly fee for debit card purchases. The pilot program comes in response to legislation which limited the amount banks could charge merchants per transaction.
Posted In: Credit Cards