What Credit Score Do You Need to Get a Credit Card?

A frequently asked question in the consumer credit realm tends to be, “what credit score do you need to get a credit card?” Unfortunately, the answer to this question isn’t one simple three-digit number, but rather a variable answer dependent on a number of factors. Though a numerical credit score is used in the decisioning … Continue reading “What Credit Score Do You Need to Get a Credit Card?”

Is ID Required for a Credit Card Purchase?

Credit card Q&A: “Is ID required for a credit card purchase?” Credit card rules are often gray, what with the fact that multiple companies are operating in the same space. Then you’ve got the merchants’ own rules, which sometimes don’t coincide with the terms of Visa, MasterCard, or American Express, whether they are contractually acceptable … Continue reading “Is ID Required for a Credit Card Purchase?”

Credit Card Comparison by Company

I’ve already talked about the general pros and cons of credit cards, but now let’s look at some of the positive and negative attributes of individual card issuers and their related credit cards. American Express When I think about American Express, I think convenience.  They truly have the best customer service out there, which can … Continue reading “Credit Card Comparison by Company”

The Visa Black Card Review

The new “Visa Black Card” was finally released. It is coined as “not just another piece of plastic,” both literally and figuratively, because it’s made out of carbon graphite, not the soft cheap plastic we’ve all become accustom to. Following in the footsteps of the infamous and rather elusive Black American Express card, the Visa … Continue reading “The Visa Black Card Review”

How to Stop Receiving Credit Card Offers

Credit card Q&A: “How to stop credit card offers.” Are you sick of receiving pesky credit card mailers seemingly every single day? I was, which is why after several grueling years I finally took action (yes, I procrastinated a couple years). After all, aside from being a general nuisance and bad for the environment, these … Continue reading “How to Stop Receiving Credit Card Offers”

Beware of the H&R Block Emerald Card

So tax season is quickly approaching, and with that comes what many would call misleading and predatory offers for tax-related services. The most recent advertisement I’ve seen is from H&R Block, which is offering to put your tax refund on a prepaid MasterCard debit card via its “H&R Block Emerald Card.” They’ll even give you … Continue reading “Beware of the H&R Block Emerald Card”

medFICO Score Coming to a Hospital Near You

With the help of Fico score founder Fair Isaac, Healthcare Analytics plans to roll out the controversial “medFICO” this year, a credit scoring system that tracks patient billing data from hospitals nationwide. The idea was developed in an effort to determine a patient’s ability to repay medical bills, not before they receive treatment, but only … Continue reading “medFICO Score Coming to a Hospital Near You”