Discover Closes Mortgage Sector in Favor of Direct Banking

Discover Financial has decided to close its mortgage sector to focus on its direct banking products. The transition will leave approximately 460 employees without work, though Discover will provide them with a severance package. Discover Home Loans was established in … Continue reading

Google Receives Major Support for Android Pay

Last week, Google announced that its mobile payment platform, Android Pay, will be available on Android tablets and smartphones. In the short time since its unveiling, the Apple Pay competitor has already received substantial support from a number of large … Continue reading

Apple Pay to Accept Discover Credit Cards this Fall

Apple Pay is expanding its options once again, with plans to accept Discover cards this fall. Apple Pay will now be working with the country's top four credit card networks, since Visa, MasterCard and American Express are already being used … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–April 24, 2015

House Passes Cybersecurity Bill After Companies Fall Victim to Data Breaches Responding to a series of computer security breaches in government and the private sector, the House passed an expansive measure Wednesday that would push companies to share access to … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–April 17, 2015

Discover Rolls Out Freeze Feature on Credit Cards Discover credit card customers who can't quite put their finger on their plastic now may use a new "Freeze It" feature that acts like an on-off switch to stop new purchases and … Continue reading

Discover and AmEx Top Credit Cards in Consumer Satisfaction

According to a recent consumer satisfaction survey of more than 6,600 credit card users, Discover and American Express are the most "satisfying" credit card companies in America. The 2015 U.S. Credit Card Satisfaction Report from Credio is the first of … Continue reading

Discover Expands Financial Literacy Program

In an effort to improve financial literacy in America, Discover founded the Pathway to Financial Success grant program three years ago to give schools some funds needed to teach students about money management. The company hopes to expand the reach … Continue reading

Millions of Consumers Confused by Free Credit Scores

More than 50 million Americans now have access to free credit scores, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But many of these consumers have no clue how to interpret them or what to do with the scores once they see … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–January 16, 2015

Obama Seeks Laws on Data Hacking, Student Privacy President Barack Obama wants Congress to pass legislation requiring companies to inform customers within 30 days if their data has been hacked, a move that follows high-profile breaches at retailers including Target, … Continue reading

President Wants Laws on Student Privacy, Hacking Notification

The rash of data breaches has tested the patience of the President of the United States. Yesterday, President Barack Obama took steps to counter identity theft by calling for laws to protect the personal data of students and require notification … Continue reading

Discover Sues Visa Over Debit Card Practices

Discover Financial Services is suing Visa Inc for using anti-competitive practices in its debit card sector. The company alleges Visa has "undertaken a series of illegal actions that undermine competition--harming rival debit networks, merchants, acquirers, card issuers, and consumers." Discover is … Continue reading

Discover Enhances Cash Back Program

Discover has expanded its cash back rewards program just in time for the holidays. Discover cardholders can now cash in their rewards at any time, no matter how large or small they may be. In addition, the cash back bonuses … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–October 24, 2014

Staples Investigates Reports of Possible Credit Card Data Breach The world's biggest office-supply retailer is investigating reports of a possible data breach of Staples customers' credit cards after banks detected a pattern of unusual charges concentrating on a group of … Continue reading

Citibank to Provide Free Credit Scores to Cardholders

Citibank will become the largest credit card issuer to provide free credit scores to their Citi credit card customers. The bank will begin providing these scores on a monthly basis beginning in January. The scores will only be available online. … Continue reading

Amex and Discover Top Credit Cards in Customer Satisfaction

Of all the credit card issuers in the United States, cardholders rated American Express and Discover as the top cards in customer satisfaction, according to a survey from J.D. Power. The survey measured credit cardholders satisfaction based on the following … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–August 29, 2014

U.S. Late Payment Rate on Credit Cards is at the Lowest Level in Seven Years Americans are doing a better job of making timely credit card payments, even as many lenders increasingly extend credit to more people with less-than-stellar credit. … Continue reading

GE Capital to Pay $225 Million for Discriminatory and Deceptive Credit Card Practices

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has cracked down on yet another credit card issuer. Today, the CFPB and the Justice Department ordered GE Capital Retail Bank, General Electric's retail credit card business, to pay $225 million in relief to consumers … Continue reading

Get Affordable Roadside Assistance from Your Credit Card Company

Did you know that many credit card companies offer discounts on roadside assistance? Indeed, a number of issuers may offer this service at lower prices than your local automobile club or car manufacturer. If you are ever in need of … Continue reading

Declined Transactions Hurting Revenue from Online Gambling in New Jersey

New Jersey voters approved online gambling in November, and it seems to have gone over well with a majority of the state's residents. Governor Chris Christie originally estimated that the gambling industry would bring in $1 billion in revenue for … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–April 18, 2014

States Probing Massive Data Breach of Social Security Numbers In what could be one of the biggest data breaches in history, the federal government and authorities in several states are investigating the criminal sale of Social Security numbers, bank account … Continue reading

Proposed Senate Bill Mandates Free Annual Credit Scores

A proposed bill in the United States Senate would mandate all consumers have access to free annual credit scores. The Stop Errors in Credit Use and Reporting (SECURE) Act is designed to reduce the problems consumers experience through errors in their … Continue reading

CFPB Has History of Cracking Down on Illegal Credit Card Practices

Today’s actions by the CFPB against Bank of America for illegal credit card practices was the fifth such crackdown on a major credit card issuer by the Bureau in the past two years. As reported earlier, Bank of America was … Continue reading

CFPB Urges Card Companies to Provide Free Credit Scores

The Consumer Federal Protection Bureau is urging credit card issuers to provide free credit scores for their customers. Doing so would allow consumers across the country to better track the health of their credit. Some issuers, such as Discover, Barclay and … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–February 28, 2014

Financial, Retail Industries Keep Cybersecurity Mistakes and Punishments Secret Even as cyberthreats grow in frequency and sophistication, the system for ensuring payment card security in the United States remains a closely guarded arrangement among the credit card networks who set … Continue reading

Discover to Launch Google Glass App in 2014

Discover Financial Services recently announced that it will be launching an application that will work on Google Glass. The new Discover app will bring basic account information to the innovative eyepieces. Google Glass is a form of eyewear that allows … Continue reading

Are Free Credit Scores from Credit Card Issuers Valid?

Barclaycard and First Bankcard were the first credit card issuers to offer their cardholders free credit scores. These issuers enable their customers to check their FICO credit score at any time through their online accounts. Now, Discover is heavily promoting the … Continue reading

How to Choose a Mobile Wallet

Mobile wallets are changing the way people make purchases. Rather than carrying around a wallet full of cards and money, all someone needs is a cell phone to pay for the things he wants. With the number of mobile wallet … Continue reading

Retail Group Appeals Swipe Fee Settlement

After a federal judge approved the $5.7 billion settlement over interchange fees between credit card companies and retailers, the National Retail Federation has filed an appeal, claiming that the current settlement is "flawed." "The settlement does nothing to reform the … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–December 27, 2013

American Express To Pay $75 Million Over Credit Card Practices The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has ordered American Express to pay more than $75 million to settle claims that it charged improper fees and misled its credit card customers over … Continue reading

Three Credit Card Issuers Now Offer Free Credit Scores

Three major credit card companies--Discover, First Bankcard and Barclaycard US--will now enable their cardholders to see their credit scores for free once a month. These consumers will see their FICO credit score, the most widely-used credit scoring formula. This will affect … Continue reading

Do You Know about Credit Card Price Matching?

Most of us are familiar with Walmart's "low price guarantee," in which Walmart matches the advertised price from another store. All you have to do is prove that the other store is offering a lower price on the exact same … Continue reading

10 Credit Card Tips to Better Manage Holiday Spending

We are approaching one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year. Nearly 140 million people plan to shop over the four-day Thanksgiving weekend according to the National Retail Federation. Last year, the average shopper spent $423 over the Thanksgiving … Continue reading

Save on Holiday Shopping Using Credit Card Rewards

The holidays are here, and soon consumers will be hitting the malls and emptying their wallets. Last year, consumers spent an average of $786 on holiday gifts. According to the National Retail Federation’s holiday spending survey, nearly 75% of the … Continue reading

Discover Providing Free Credit Scores to Cardholders

Discover announced today that cardholders will receive free FICO credit scores on their monthly credit card statements. Discover becomes the first credit card issuer to provide FICO a credit score free of charge to their customers on monthly statements. In addition, cardholders … Continue reading

Best Credit Cards for Holiday Shopping

The holiday season brings out the shopaholic in all of us as we buy the gifts for loved ones and friends. To make the most of the money you spend, make sure you maximize your credit card rewards program. Here … Continue reading

Quarterly Earnings Mixed for Credit Card Issuers

Third quarter earnings are mixed for banks and credit card issuers. Some, like American Express, beat estimates while others such as Chase suffered due to legal troubles. Charge-off rates continue to reach historic lows as cardholders pay down their credit card balances. … Continue reading

The History of the Credit Card

Technology, innovation and social media are bringing changes to credit card payments. Consumers have been slow to adapt to these changes, but that should not come as a shock. History shows that methods of payment change and evolve slowly. Until … Continue reading

JPMorgan Chase to Refund $309 Million for Illegal Credit Card Activity

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced today that JPMorgan Chase must refund $309 million to credit card customers that were improperly billed for add-on products. The CFPB and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency concluded that 2.1 million … Continue reading

American Express Again Tops in Customer Satisfaction

For the seventh year in a row, American Express was ranked the highest in customer satisfaction in the 2013 U.S. Credit Card Satisfaction Study from J.D. Power. AmEx has topped the charts since J.D. Power started the annual satisfaction survey, … Continue reading

What Is the Best Credit Card for Me?

A couple decades ago, there were only a few credit cards offered in the United States. Now, there are over 1,000 on the market. Issuers like Citi, Chase, Discover, Capital One, Barclay, Bank of America and American Express have saturated … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–July 31, 2013

Why Stolen European Credit Cards Cost Five Times as Much as U.S. Ones European hackers accused of selling stolen data only collected about $10 for each stolen American credit card number, according to an indictment from federal prosecutors. But European cards … Continue reading

Discover Luring Banks with Lower Fees

Visa and MasterCard have had a stronghold for quite some time on supplying banks with credit and debit cards. But Discover is making efforts to change that. Discover Financial Services has been in negotiation with several banks recently trying to … Continue reading

The CFPB’s Accomplishments in its First Two Years

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is celebrating its two-year anniversary with much calmer waters ahead. The CFPB has been the center of political firestorms ever since it was originally formed. Republicans first opposed Elizabeth Warren as the head of the … Continue reading

Earnings Soar for Most Major Banks

Most major banks saw their profits soar during the second quarter of 2013. Quarterly earnings increased as banks lowered their credit loss provisions, the economy improved and customers paid down their debts. The reports also showed that the credit card business for most … Continue reading

Special Summer Perks from your Credit Card

If you are looking for things to do this summer, your credit card could give you free or discounted tickets to museums and theme parks, as well as some lucrative travel benefits. These perks can save you money but you … Continue reading

Credit Cards That Cover Rental Car Insurance

Most rental car companies provide an option to obtain car insurance with them at a "low fee," usually between $15 and $25 a day. This may seem necessary to protect you in an accident, but it may not be needed … Continue reading

Discover Bank Helps Military Spouses Work from Home

Military spouses often struggle to maintain jobs because their husbands or wives have to move around so often. While some are happy with being stay-at-home parents, others feel the need to contribute to the household income. Discover Bank is responding … Continue reading

Credit Card Delinquencies & Charge-Offs Continue to Fall

Consumers continue to pay their credit card bills on time, and issuers are having to write off fewer accounts. Both delinquencies and charge-off rates declined from April to May for five of the six top credit card issuers. Delinquency rates represent the … Continue reading