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Marcia Frellick

Marcia Frellick

 
 

Marcia Frellick's blog posts at CreditCardGuide.com

Qualifying for a mortgage just got tougher

If you will be shopping for a mortgage anytime soon, know that the credit score bar has been raised. The average credit score for people who landed mortgages in 2011 was 737, which is the highest rating on the 300-to-850 FICO scale since at least 2000, according to CoreLogic, a mortgage data and software company [...]

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Vacation checklist: How to protect your finances while you are traveling

Before you zip up your suitcase and gleefully enter your “out of office” auto email reply, make sure your vacation plans include protecting your finances while you’re gone. Credit cards can be both an asset and liability on vacation, so it’s good to review some of the rules and precautions. Here are some tips on [...]

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New Software Could Speed Up ATM Lines

Think you can withdraw cash from your ATM in under 10 seconds? Probably not. Yet. But that’s what NCR Corporation has in mind with new software that will let consumers start the cash withdrawal process from any location with their mobile devices, then finish it up when they get to an ATM just by scanning [...]

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Checking Accounts Still Too Confusing, Pew Report Finds

Two years have passed since Pew Charitable Trusts released its first “Hidden Risks” report, which looked at potential traps consumers could fall into when opening checking account. But researchers say little has changed. Its latest report, issued in June 2012 (“Still Risky: An Update on the Safety and Transparency of Checking Accounts“), finds the nation’s [...]

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Travelers Stretching Vacation Budgets with Credit Card Rewards

As travelers comb their calendars to attach dates to summer vacation fantasies, more are looking to their credit card rewards programs to make the fun stretch. Capital One’s quarterly Rewards Barometer survey finds 50 percent of consumers who plan to travel this summer will use credit card rewards to cover some of their vacation expenses. [...]

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Farmville Prepaid Card Lets You Harvest Virtual Rewards

Tired of rewards cards that offer only the predictable miles, cash, luggage or hotels? How about one that pays you in virtual livestock? Well, sort of. American Express and social games giant Zynga teamed up to offer a prepaid debit card that lets users earn virtual dollars for the online game FarmVille every time they [...]

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Is a Silly Mistake Dragging Your Credit Report Down?

Sometimes all it takes to cripple your credit is a transposed number, an incorrect middle initial or a typo in the date of birth on your credit report. In a year-long investigation, The Columbus Dispatch found that what may seem like tiny, unimportant mistakes on a credit report can lead to a world of hurt [...]

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New ‘Geode’ Gadget is the Swiss Army Knife of Mobile Payments

It’s an iPhone cover. It’s a magnetic stripe scanner. It’s a digital wallet. It’s a fingerprint reader. The iCache Geode is all of these things — and it just won two top awards at the CTIA E-Tech Awards in New Orleans for overall “wow factor.” The Geode is entering a playing field already crowded by [...]

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LivingSocial enters the rewards card business

LivingSocial, the major competitor of daily deals giant Groupon, has teamed up with Chase Card Services and Visa to offer a different take on a rewards program. The LivingSocial Rewards Visa Card will give LivingSocial users points on all purchases made anywhere, but the rewards will pack extra punch if the card is used to [...]

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ID Thieves Don’t Let the Dead Rest in Peace

Identity thieves routinely troll through obituaries and lurk about cemeteries, gathering information that can help them open fake accounts for credit cards, loans and cell phones. But until now, the number of accounts opened by those misusing the information of the deceased were guesses. A new survey shows that 2.5 million times each year, thieves [...]

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