"Direct mail offers are flowing for business credit cards, many with attractive promotional interest rates and balance transfer deals...while there are many reasons to open an account, there can be substantial risks involved."More info
"A late credit card payment will cost you. It's just not always clear how much.
Despite new reforms that require more transparent billing practices, about half of credit cards do not disclose in marketing materials the penalty interest rates customers can incur.
Penalty rates can be as high as 29.99 percent. That's on top of the $39 fee a late payment often triggers.
A study by the Pew Safe Credit Cards Project found that card issuers are complying with a new law this year that prohibits numerous deceptive practices. Previously, all card issuers tracked by Pew used at least one practice that is now illegal."
- Date added:
- Jul 22, 2010
- Safe Credit Cards Project
This fact sheet focuses on the lessons learned from consumers who purchase and use prepaid debit cards.More info
An interactive graphic demonstrating how banks can reorder a checking account customer’s transactions in a manner that maximizes overdraft fees.More info
"Something is wrong when keeping cash in the kitchen cookie jar seems a reasonable substitute for your bank.''More info
"It was early 2007, and Michael Roster and Dwane Krumme each viewed the credit card industry with growing dismay."More info
An interactive map highlighting the checking account practices of the 10 largest U.S. banks and the percentage of people without bank accounts in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.More info
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"Hidden or unexpected fees” were cited as the number one reason Greater Los Angeles’ working poor, those who are employed yet remain in relative poverty, closed bank accounts in the past year, surpassing job loss or lack of money, according to a survey of predominately Hispanic, low-income households.More info
''More small companies—already struggling with weak sales and tight lending—are being forced to rely on business credit cards to provide working capital.''More info
''If you've ever thought someone was playing fast and lose with the rules on your credit cards, credit score or mortgage, but you had no idea where to go with your complaint, you now have a place to turn.''More info
"Four Senators today called for more disclosure on business credit card offers so cardholders will understand that business cards are not protected by the same laws as regular consumer cards that bar practices like retroactive interest rate hikes."More info
''Households receiving offers for 'business' credit cards would be wise to throw them away, a nonprofit research group is warning consumers.''More info
"It’s been two years since the landmark Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 was signed into law, and by all accounts, it’s led to some pretty significant changes in the giant industry grinding away behind those little pieces of plastic."More info
"Credit-card issuers are marketing so-called professional cards—formerly reserved for small-business owners or executives—to individuals, a new report says."More info
"The sudden interest-rate hikes, high fees and steep penalties that last year's credit card regulations were designed to eliminate are still lurking in one segment of the credit card market: cards designated for businesses."More info