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Topic - Greg Mcbride
In the wake of the recession, credit card companies are fighting for the best customers by offering 0 percent introductory interest cards — some that are at 0 percent interest for as long as 18 months. But what's the catch?
Twenty-eight percent of Americans have more credit card debt than money in an emergency fund, a new poll says.
About a quarter of Americans are investing in cash for the long term instead of stocks — guaranteeing themselves a return that is lower than other financial products.
Wall Street suffered through its worst day of the year Thursday, bringing investors down from the "sugar high" they have enjoyed this year as the markets topped milestone after milestone.
In the first comprehensive study of its kind, the Federal Trade Commission reported Monday that some 40 million Americans could be suffering from errors that are keeping their credit scores lower -- and their borrowing rates higher -- than they should be.
The interest rates consumers are paying on credits cards remain high, even as rates for other loans scrape along at all-time lows, according to a new report.
Citibank brought its credit and check card rewards program to Facebook on Tuesday hoping to expand user interest by allowing customers to pool points among their social network friends.
Americans have learned little from the Great Recession about saving for rainy days.
Banks in the Washington area increasingly are giving their customers "ATM freedom."
"Credit card issuers are still fighting tooth and nail among themselves to grow their market share with consumers that have very good credit quality and pose a minimal risk of default," says McBride with Bankrate.com.
"My advice to consumers," McBride says, "is to use the 0 percent offer period to make headway on the debt.