Year-end Personal Finance Checklist

With Christmas and New Years behind us, now is a great time to review your finances and make sure everything is in order. You don’t have to spend all weekend balancing your checkbook or number-crunching your budget, but doing a quick check-up of your financial health can help you focused...

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Visa Signature Card Benefits

You may have noticed that many credit cards carry the name "Visa Signature" in the title, but have you ever wondered what exactly that means? Sure, Visa is one of the major payment networks, the others being MasterCard, American Express, and Discover, but what does the "Signature" part do for...

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CFPB Releases Second Report on The CARD Act

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has issued a second, 300-page, comprehensive report on the CARD Act of 2009. Much of the focus is on credit card transparency, debt collection practices, plastic that postpones interest payments with special incentives, and the increasingly popular category of cards that offer rewards programs. The...

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CFPB Warns Companies About Automatic Debits

The CFPB recently issued a reminder to companies about their legal responsibility to get customer approval before taking out an automatic debit. The release comes after the CFPB reviewed financial companies and found that some aren’t being completely transparent on the amount and timing of payments before setting up auto-withdrawal....

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