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Nerd Wallet: Why streaming services are the new credit card rewards binge

When it comes to credit card rewards, it’s not all about gas, groceries and restaurants anymore. Issuers are moving beyond suburban staples to include millennial-friendly categories such as transit and …

British Airways travelers’ credit card details hacked

Hackers obtained the credit card details of some 380,000 British Airways travelers during a two-week data breach this summer that leaves the customers vulnerable to financial fraud, the airline says.

UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018

Citigroup to refund $335 million to credit card customers

Citigroup is agreeing to refund $335 million to a group of customers who may have been overpaying interest on their credit cards.

Swipe your card at the pump? Scammers have a new way to steal from you

If you use a debit card to fill up your gas tank, police are warning you to stop.

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 19, 2017

Coming soon: a selfie with your credit card application

The selfie is everywhere – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter – and soon your bank could be asking for one in order to approve your purchase or credit card application.

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017

Sonic reports ‘unusual activity’ on some credit cards

Sonic says there’s been some “unusual activity” on credit cards used at some of its restaurants.

The plan to make chip credit cards less annoying

In most of the world, buying goods with a credit card equipped with a chip is a mindless, routine task. Americans, having arrived late to chips after decades of swiping …

UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017

Trump’s America faces a $13 trillion consumer debt hangover

Americans faced with lackluster income growth have been financing more of their spending with debt instead. There are early signs that loan burdens are growing unsustainably large for borrowers with …

UPDATED: Wed., May 17, 2017

Household debt tops 2008 peak, but Americans’ finances are better

The recovery from the Great Recession has hit a milestone: Total household debt climbed to $12.73 trillion in the first quarter to top the peak reached in 2008 before the …

UPDATED: Fri., April 21, 2017

Russian man in Seattle sentenced to 27 years in hacking case

The son of a member of the Russian Parliament was sentenced Friday to 27 years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $170 million after being convicted in Seattle of …

Why paying taxes by credit card probably isn’t a good idea

A big tax bill is like hay fever . You don’t want it, you try to avoid it – and then April rolls around and it hits you hard. Now …

NerdWallet: Consumers have a powerful tool in credit card chargebacks

Credit card users who feel helpless when dealing with merchants that provide shoddy goods and services should know they have a powerful tool available to them: chargebacks.

Credit card data of Pierce County ferry riders compromised

The credit card information of roughly 2,100 people who used Pierce County’s ferry system has been made public online.

How to dig out from December’s debt

We asked some personal finance bloggers how they manage to keep holiday celebrations from morphing into debt that lasts all year. Their advice: Once you make a mess, act fast …

Consumer Confidential: A credit spending limit in name only

Consumers received a number of important protections under the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act, aka the Card Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law in 2009.

Regulators reject Wells Fargo’s plan to prevent another taxpayer bailout of big banks

Wells Fargo still doesn’t have a credible plan for winding down its operations without taxpayer help if it should start to fail, federal regulators said Tuesday, putting new restrictions on …

Consumers boost borrowing $16 billion in October

Consumers increased their borrowing in October at the slowest pace in four months as growth in credit card debt and the category that covers auto loans and student loans slowed.

‘Student’ credit cards aren’t for all students, or even most

As parents prepare their rising freshmen for life at college, many are leaving out a crucial piece of information: how to build credit. The college years are the best time …

People: Adele says her credit card was declined at H&M

Adele may be one of pop music’s biggest stars, but she says her fame and fortune didn’t prevent her credit card from being declined at an H&M store.

Appeals court rejects $7.25B credit card swipe fee settlement

An appeals court has rejected a $7.25 billion settlement between merchants and Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc. over credit card transaction fees.

Does your credit card contract contain a hidden surprise?

Some credit cards have a “nasty little stink bomb” in their fine print - the issuer can repossess any goods charged with it.

Visa: New technology for chip cards to speed checkout times

Visa says its improving its smart chip-embedded cards, which have been the source of grumbling from businesses and customers forced to wait for transactions to go through.

Couple lose life savings in sophisticated scam

Marv and Penny Wasser were careful with their money. They saved for their retirement and had only one credit card, which they paid off in full every month. But that …

Target: Data breach caught up to 70M customers

NEW YORK — Target says that personal information — including phone numbers and email and mailing addresses — was stolen from as many as 70 million customers in its pre-Christmas …

BBB Tip of the Week: Unauthorized charges on credit, debit cards

Dealing with fraudulent charges on a debit or credit card can be a hassle. The laws protecting credit cards and debit cards are different. The Fair Credit Billing Act limits …

Target: 40M card accounts may be breached

Target says that about 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been affected by a data breach that occurred just as the holiday shopping season shifted into high …

Plan wisely to avoid holiday spending hangover

It’s a holiday season tradition that you don’t want to observe. Many consumers spend more than they can afford, often racking up huge credit card balances. But there’s no need …

Play your credit cards right for a free vacation

A free vacation could be in the cards. Banks are competing fiercely for new credit card users – especially those with good credit. To entice new customers, several major banks …

Steer clear of debt in holiday shopping season

Black Friday deals are starting early this year, and that means more pressure to spend spend spend. As the holiday shopping season expands and retailers make impulse buys ever-easier via …

Feds order Discover to refund $200M to cardholders

WASHINGTON — Discover Bank is paying $214 million to settle charges that it pressured credit card customers to buy costly add-on services like payment protection and credit monitoring.