Capital One to Report Credit Limits to Bureaus

Capital One has announced that it will report credit limits on its credit cards to all 3 major credit bureaus amid criticism from consumer and industry groups. The move will also help improve card holder’s credit scores, which likely suffered from a lack of information regarding the credit lines many had established with Capital One. … Continue reading “Capital One to Report Credit Limits to Bureaus”

Better Have a Credit Card If You Plan to Rent a Car

If you’re thinking about taking a family trip this summer, or simply need to a rent a car for a business trip, make sure you’ve got a credit card handy. If you show up to a Hertz or an Avis without a credit card, you could find yourself walking away frustrated on foot Most, if … Continue reading “Better Have a Credit Card If You Plan to Rent a Car”

Credit Line Increases Can Hurt and Help Your Credit Score

While it generally makes sense to raise credit lines periodically to increase your available credit and credit utilization, it can also backfire if you aren’t responsible. Many credit line increase requests count as hard credit inquiries, which will be documented on your credit report for two years, and count against your credit score for one … Continue reading “Credit Line Increases Can Hurt and Help Your Credit Score”

Make Large Purchases Early in Your Billing Cycle

If you generally pay off your entire credit card balance each month, but often have a tough time doing so, you may want to think about timing your credit card purchases. Credit cards have billing cycles, typically 30 days or roughly one calendar month. All purchases made during a billing cycle are due within a … Continue reading “Make Large Purchases Early in Your Billing Cycle”

The Black American Express Credit Card Really Exists

Credit cards don’t typically fall into the category of pop-culture, nor do they usually garner much attention aside from their basic functionality. But one credit card has mystified and amazed consumers and the general public for years: “The Black American Express Card.” During the 1980s, many believed it was a hoax or simply urban legend, … Continue reading “The Black American Express Credit Card Really Exists”

Best Gas Rewards Credit Cards – Earn 5-10% Cash Back!

(*****Last updated 3/25/2015) So gas prices are continuing to rise, and it’s not even summer yet. Many experts see gas prices per gallon shooting up to over $4.00 which is nothing short of scary. It’s really getting to the point where we can’t ignore the excessive price of gasoline. Before you could turn and cringe, … Continue reading “Best Gas Rewards Credit Cards – Earn 5-10% Cash Back!”

The Credit Score Black Market: Buying and Selling Trade Lines

You may have heard about companies that sell the credit history of others to consumers who have poor or limited credit. It’s referred to as “buying credit”, “renting credit”, or “adding seasoned tradelines”. These credit brokers target real estate professionals who desperately need to find qualified homebuyers, especially in today’s market where heightened credit standards … Continue reading “The Credit Score Black Market: Buying and Selling Trade Lines”

Your Credit Card Application Has Been Declined

“We regret to inform you that after careful consideration we are unable to open an account for you at this time.” Heard that before? If so, you may be feeling down on your luck or in a panic to get another form of credit elsewhere. But before you freak out, think about why the credit … Continue reading “Your Credit Card Application Has Been Declined”

New Bill May Block Credit Cards for Illegals

It was reported by the Wall Street Journal that Bank of America will begin offering credit cards without the need for a social security number or credit history. These credit cards are likely aimed at illegal immigrants, mainly Hispanics who lack citizenship, but whose population continues to grow exponentially in the United States. The terms … Continue reading “New Bill May Block Credit Cards for Illegals”