LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–October 3, 2014

Cyberattack Against JPMorgan Chase Affects 76 Million Households A cyberattack this summer on JPMorgan Chase compromised the accounts of 76 million households and seven million small businesses, a tally that dwarfs previous estimates by the bank and puts the intrusion … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–July 11, 2014

Report Says Debt Settlement Companies May Leave Customers Worse Off Using a settlement company to help you dig out from underneath burdensome debt may sound appealing, but it may leave you worse off than when you started, according to new … Continue reading

Household Net Worth Reaches Record $77.3 Trillion

Household net worth hit a record high of $77.3 trillion at the end of the third quarter, according to the Federal Reserve’s Financial Accounts of the United States. This was an increase of $1.92 trillion over the second quarter figure. … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–November 15, 2013

Credit Card Debt Declines for Fourth Straight Month U.S. credit card balances declined for the fourth consecutive month in September, suggesting rising caution among the nation's consumers. Revolving credit, which largely reflects money owed on credit cards, fell by a … Continue reading

New Smartphone App Helps Consumers Cut Debt

Millions of Americans fight with credit card debt every day, and many of them carry that debt to the grave. The non-profit organization National Debt Relief has now launched a smartphone app to help those consumers get back on their … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–March 8, 2013

Young Adults Retreat From Piling Up Debt Total debt among young adults dropped in the last decade to the lowest level in 15 years. A typical young U.S. household, defined as one led by someone under age 35, had $15,000 … Continue reading

Household Debt Increases in Fourth Quarter of 2012

Americans are slowly borrowing more to finance purchases like homes and cars. Household debt, which includes mortgages, credit cards, auto loans and student loans, rose 0.3 percent or $31 billion to $11.34 trillion in the fourth quarter of 2012, the … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update—March 1, 2013

Visa Ends Ban on Retailer Discounts for Specific Cards Visa is giving its merchants more flexibility in offering discounts to their customers, and reversing restrictions that prevented retail partners from offering special deals to customers that paid with a specific bank's … Continue reading

Younger Adults Now Have Less Debt But Fewer Assets

Young adults are carrying less debt than before the start of the 2008 recession, primarily because they own fewer major assets. A new analysis from the Pew Research Center released today shows that Americans under the age of 35 are … Continue reading

Climbing Out of Debt in 2013

Credit card bills will soon arrive and show how much households spent during the holidays. Chances are good that many consumers added a few hundred dollars of debt to their credit card accounts which already averaged nearly $5,000 per cardholder. … Continue reading

Households Cutting Debt, Increasing Net Worth

The latest Flow of Funds Report from the Federal Reserve points to several positive economic trends. Household net worth rose by $1.7 trillion to $64.77 trillion. This was a 2.7 percent  increase and was mainly due to higher home prices. … Continue reading

How the Fiscal Cliff Could Affect Your Credit Card

The fiscal cliff is getting closer to becoming a reality. The members of Congress and President Obama still seem far apart. Statistics and projections show the painful consequences with tax increases for many consumers. Higher tax payments will be bad … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update November 30

How Four Families Conquered Their Credit Problems A Federal Reserve Board report issued in June revealed that only about 39 percent of card holders carried a balance in 2010, down from 46 percent in 2007. Those balances average $2,600, compared … Continue reading

The Good News & Bad News in the Latest Debt Figures

At first glance, the latest Federal Reserve figures are encouraging, showing that household debt fell by $74 billion or 0.7 percent in the third quarter. However, the decrease is almost entirely from mortgage debt which is the largest factor of … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update November 2

Rise in Household Debt Might Be a Sign of Strengthening Recovery American households are taking on more debt than they are paying down for the first time since the recession started.  Some economists even see an end to the long, … Continue reading

Largest Increase in Household Debt in Four Years

Household debt rose at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1¼ percent in the second quarter, according to the Federal Reserve Flow of Funds Report released Thursday. This was the largest increase since the first quarter of 2008 but only the second … Continue reading