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

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

Credit Card Fees are Killing Small Businesses There is no real competition in the market for credit and debit card swipe fees. Because Visa and MasterCard control 80% of the card market, they are able to dictate terms. The system … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–June 20, 2014

Suze Orman's Approved Prepaid Debit Cards are Quietly Discontinued Suze Orman is quietly getting out of the payments business. Starting July 1, Ms. Orman's Approved card, a prepaid debit card aimed at budget-challenged consumers, will no longer work, according to … 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

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–May 30, 2014

Correcting Your Credit Report Gets Easier You just got more of a say in fixing errors on your credit report. Pushed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, major credit reporting companies Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion have changed their complaint systems … Continue reading

Chase Launches New Business Rewards Credit Card

Frequent Marriott visitors may now have a new incentive to book their rooms. Chase Card Services launched a new Marriott Rewards Premier Visa Signature Business Credit Card, which gives small business owners a chance to earn accelerated Marriott Rewards points … 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

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

Chase Bank Accused of Robo-Signing Credit Card Collections

Robo-signing exploded onto the news during the housing crisis when banks were accused of automatically signing default papers without properly reviewing them. Now, the robo-signing controversy is spilling over to another financial product--credit cards. A consumer, Ruth Moya of Miami, … 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

Chase Changes Deposit Policies to Combat Money Laundering

Need to make a cash deposit into another person's Chase account? If so, you may have to get a little creative. Beginning in February, Chase put a stop to depositing cash into someone else's account. Now, only the account holder … Continue reading

New Report Shows Credit Card Companies with Most Complaints

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau launched a complaint database in November, 2011, and it collected over 25,000 complaints through mid-September of 2013. A report released last week by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group summarized some of the findings from … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–January 17, 2014

Millions Getting New Debit, Credit Cards After Target Hack Millions of consumers are being sent new credit and debit cards in the wake of the recent security breach that hit as many as 110 million Target customers. JPMorgan Chase announced … Continue reading

Citi Replacing All Debit Cards Affected by Massive Target Breach

The fallout from the Target data breach continues. Citi will replace every debit card that consumers may have used at Target during the time of the cyber attacks, according to the New York Times. Citi will not replace any credit … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–January 10, 2014

Target: Up to 70 Million More Customers Were Hit by December Data Breach Target said Friday that the massive cyber attack it suffered during the height of the holiday shopping season may have affected an additional 70 million customers and … Continue reading

Chase Raises Limits on Debit Cards Used at Target Stores

On Saturday, JP Morgan Chase became the first major bank to place limitations on their customers’ debit cards that were possibly affected by the Target security breach. Chase placed a daily limit of $300 in purchases and $100 in cash … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–December 20, 2013

Target Says 40 Million Credit, Debit Cards May Have Been Compromised in Security Breach Target said Thursday that credit and debit card account information for 40 million of its customers may have been stolen during the height of the holiday … Continue reading

Data Breach May Affect 465,000 Chase Cardholders

A recent hack of JPMorgan Chase's computer services may have exposed personal information for individuals who received their tax refunds, child support and unemployment benefits on prepaid cash cards this year. Chase oversees the debit card program for several New England … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–October 25, 2013

Russian Credit Card Firm Jumps After IPO The initial public offering for Oleg Tinkov’s credit card company in Russion raised $1.1 billion, valuing the company at about $3.2 billion. Mr. Tinkov said he got the idea for the credit card business after … 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

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–October 17, 2013

JP Morgan Chase Points to Legal Expenses in Quarterly Loss JP Morgan Chase reported a quarterly loss for the first time ever under CEO Jamie Dimon as the bank spent billions battling lawsuits and dealing with federal investigations into some … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–August 30, 2013

Facebook Friends Could Change Your Credit Score Choose your Facebook friends wisely; they could help you get approved--or rejected--for a loan. A handful of tech startups are using social data to determine the risk of lending to people who have … Continue reading

Reconsideration–Another Chance at Getting a Credit Card

Reconsideration is an unpublished "secret" in the credit card industry. If your credit card application has been rejected, there is a number you can call to explain your side of the story to a real person and appeal for approval. When … Continue reading

JP Morgan Chase Reveals Errors in Debt Collection Lawsuits

According to a recent report in the Wall Street Journal, JP Morgan Chase has made significant errors in debt collection lawsuits against its consumers. The reports spawn from an internal review that was leaked from JP Morgan showing that 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

California Sues Chase Over Debt Collection Practices on Credit Cards

California Attorney General Kamala Harris filed an enforcement action against JPMorgan Chase last Thursday, alleging that the bank used illegal debt collection methods, such as robo-signing, against approximately 100,000 California credit card consumers from January 2008 through April 2011. "Chase … Continue reading

Credit Card Delinquency Rates Fall Again

Credit card delinquency rates fell again in March as consumers continue to pay down credit card debt in a timely manner. Five of the top six credit card issuers reported lower delinquency rates in March than in February. Discover was the only exception … Continue reading

Debit Cards Transform Unemployment Payments

For the longest time, the U.S. government has issued unemployment and workers compensation payments through checks in the mail. They eventually opened the option of receiving direct deposits into a bank account, but that does not help the thousands of … Continue reading

Chase Makes Changes to Protect Customers from Payday Lenders

JPMorgan Chase announced that it will take action to protect its customers from payday lenders. Account holders will now have more power to stop withdrawals and close their accounts. Chase will limit fees that it charges customers for withdrawals from payday lenders due … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update January 18

Banks Bury Fees in the Fine Print Pew's annual Safe Checking study has uncovered a number of items and fees that most consumers wouldn't have a clue about until they got hit with them. From mandatory arbitration clauses that waive jury … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update January 4

Consumer Watchdog Readies to Bare Its Teeth The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is entering 2013 poised to flex its muscles as it finishes up a list of studies and rules required by the law. They will have wide latitude to … Continue reading

Banks Extend Waivers for Sandy Victims

Some of the nation's biggest banks have extended temporary waivers through Wednesday, November 7 on a variety of fees and late charges for residents of states hit hard by Superstorm Sandy. The banks waiving fees include JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update October 26

Credit Card Settlement Could Stymie PayPal's Retail Plans A provision within the hotly-contested settlement between merchants and credit card networks could potentially slow PayPal's bid to become more widely accepted at grocery stores, restaurants and other retailers. Retailers that choose to … Continue reading

Is Robo-signing Being Used with Credit Card Lawsuits?

The robo-signing scandal burst onto the financial scene two years ago when a number of major U.S. banks aggressively fast-tracked foreclosure paperwork. The practice was loudly condemned and the government handed down a $25-billion dollar fine. Robo-signing slowed, but it … Continue reading

Libor Scandal Could Rock the Financial World

London is shining in the spotlight as the host of the Olympics, a welcome distraction from the Libor (London Interbank Offered Rate) rate-fixing scandal that threatens to rock the financial world. The Libor scandal is far reaching for both consumers … Continue reading

Capital One to Pay Soldiers $12 Million in Settlement

Last Thursday, Capital One agreed to pay $12 million in a settlement over alleged violations of special consumer protections for military families. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Department of Justice took action against Capital One … Continue reading

Credit Card Users Could Lose in Swipe Fee Settlement

Retailers reached an antitrust settlement on interchange fees with Visa, MasterCard and several large banks that will be good for merchants but might penalize cardholders with higher prices or decreased credit card rewards. The $7.25 billion dollar settlement allows retailers to … Continue reading

Credit Downgrade of 15 Global Banks Could Be Costly for Consumers

Last Thursday, Moody's Investors Service cut the credit rating of fifteen banks due to their significant exposure to the volatility and risk to the global financial markets. Earlier this month, Standard & Poor's also warned that the United States could … Continue reading

Further Declines in Credit Card Defaults and Delinquencies

More Americans are paying their credit card bills on time as well as carrying less of a balance. According to figures from last week's regulatory filings, credit card delinquencies decreased for each of the top six credit card issuers in … Continue reading