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MARKET TRENDS: First Quarter Advance GDP Estimate Lower Than Expected
Posted on May 13, 2016

In its advance estimate, the Labor Department announced that the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased at a 0.5% annual rate – the slowest since the first quarter of 2014. Economists had expected the economy to expand at a 0.7% pace after it displayed a 1.4% growth rate in the fourth quarter. The main reasons[...]

Think Writing "See ID" on Your Card Is a Good Idea? Think Again!
Posted on May 9, 2016

You may have seen people writing "See ID" on the back of their debit or credit cards. Maybe you're someone who does this too. In todays world, credit card fraud is a very common occurrence, and many individuals try to protect themselves by putting these instructions in the signature panel instead of simply signing their[...]

MARKET TRENDS: U.S. Housing Starts Tumble by 8.8% in March
Posted on May 5, 2016

After reaching a five month high in February, U.S. housing starts pulled back by much more than expected in March. This decline, along with a fall in building permits, seems to indicate a cooling in the U.S. housing market. Last month, ground-breaking fell by 8.8% to an annual rate of 1.089 mn. Economists had expected[...]

4 Things to Do Immediately if Your Credit Card is Lost or Stolen
Posted on May 2, 2016

Let's assume that you are about to make an important purchase – you reach into your wallet for your credit card and realize it's missing. What is your first reaction? Faced with such circumstances, most credit card users would panic and immediately think about the worst case scenario. And for good reason too – after[...]

Too Many Credit Inquiries on Your Credit Report? Here's What You Can Do to Remove Them
Posted on April 26, 2016

Whenever you check your credit report, you'll find a section titled "Credit Inquiries" or "Regular Inquiries." These inquiries are made by organizations that pulled your credit report – and they can remain on your report for up to two years. I'm sure you're already wondering if they have any connection with your credit score (they do),[...]

The Connection Between Credit Scores and Mortgage Rates
Posted on April 19, 2016

For quite some time, mortgage rates have been at record lows. No doubt you're already aware of this - whether in the papers or on the Internet, you must have seen "today's mortgage rates" being advertised everywhere! However, what you probably don't know is[...]

What Millennials don't know about buying a home
Posted on April 14, 2016

Of late, interest rates have hovered near all-time lows, while job openings and wages have risen steadily. The housing industry has also gained traction since last year. Given these conditions, one would expect that more[...]

MARKET TRENDS: New Home Sales Increased by 2% in February
Posted on April 11, 2016

U.S. new home sales rose slightly in February, but gains were mostly limited to a single region – which may indicate a slowdown in the housing market.[...]

Four Credit Card Processing Tools You Should Know About
Posted on April 1, 2016

"What can I do to improve my sales figures?" If you are a business owner, you've probably asked yourself this question hundreds of times. There is no doubt that the volume of an organization's sales depends on the quality of products and services offered. However, there is yet another factor that ascertains where a customer[...]

MARKET TRENDS: As Global Economy Falters, Fed Slows Plan to Hike Interest Rates
Posted on March 28, 2016

On Wednesday, the U.S. Federal Reserve halted its plans for raising interest rates due to concerns over weak inflation levels and uncertain global economic health. The world's most powerful central bank left the federal funds rate unchanged between 0.25% – 0.5%, contrary to expectations at the beginning of the year that interest rates would be[...]