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Thinking of Increasing Your Credit Card Limit?
Posted on February 12, 2016

It should come as no surprise that your credit scores are connected to your credit card limits. A good credit score gets you higher card limits. However, if you are indeed eligible for a higher limit, deciding whether to exercise this option is not a straightforward decision. Let's look at the pros and cons of increasing [...]

Market Trends: New Home Sales Register Highest Level in Ten Months
Posted on February 8, 2016

In December, new single family homes registered their highest level in ten months – an indication of continued strength in the U.S. housing market. On January 27, the Commerce Department announced that new home sales rose 10.8% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 544,000 units. Economists had expected sales to rise to 500,000. December's [...]

How to Bypass Baggage Fees
Posted on February 5, 2016

If you got a cheaper airfare on a holiday sale and thought you were really saving some money, were you unpleasantly surprised? When you do the math, many realize that after paying the baggage fees, the deals are not so sweet. According to Trip Advisor, baggage fees can climb up over $200 per person! Never[...]

Tools to Choose the Best Credit Card for You
Posted on February 1, 2016

Not so long ago, if you wanted the solution to a certain problem, or an answer to a particular question, you had to either hunt for an expert on the subject or access the nearest library. While traveling to a new place for a vacation, you probably had to ask people who’d already been there[...]

MARKET TRENDS: U.S. Construction Spending Falls Unexpectedly
Posted on January 20, 2016

While spending on U.S. construction unexpectedly declined in November, mortgage application volume for the week ended January 8, 2016 showed a 21.3% rise (compared to the preceding week on a seasonally adjusted basis). On January 4, the Commerce Department reported that U.S. construction spending in November last year sank 0.4% to a seasonally adjusted annual [...]

Guess How Much Money the Credit CARD Act Has Saved Consumers
Posted on January 14, 2016

Have you experienced a marked decrease in your credit card bills since 2011? If yes, you are not alone. From 2011 to 2014, credit card holders have seen a reduction in credit card related fees to the tune of nearly $20 billion! This phenomenon didn't really happen on its own. It is an effect of [...]

MARKET TRENDS: Pending Home Sales Decline by 0.9% in November
Posted on January 11, 2016

Despite warmer than normal temperatures across much of the nation, contracts to purchase previously owned homes fell in November, signifying that growth in the U.S. housing market could be cooling down. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), pending home sales, a measure of signed contracts (not closings), decreased by 0.9% to a reading [...]

MARKET TRENDS: U.S. Existing Home Sales Decline Sharply in November
Posted on January 8, 2016

Existing home sales sank considerably in November to the lowest pace in 19 months, but some of the decrease was due to delayed closings and disruption from a new lending disclosure rule. Last week, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) announced that existing home sales fell 10.5% month-over-month in November to a seasonally adjusted annualized [...]

Credit Card Company Junk Mail Solutions!
Posted on January 4, 2016

The good news about getting endless email solicitations from credit card companies is that these companies target customers who have good or excellent credit – and that means you! The bad news is... that you get all this junk mail. If you are an environmentalist like me, you might find it especially galling that all[...]

Coinbase Has Launched a Visa Debit Card for Bitcoin Users
Posted on December 31, 2015

Holiday shopping just got a little more interesting. A bitcoin wallet, known as Coinbase, has teamed up with VISA to offer the first ever bitcoin debit card in the US. Consumers can now do their holiday shopping directly with bitcoin, instead of converting it first into fiat currency over a bitcoin exchange – or searching[...]