THE CHARGE-IT Credit Card Blog

  • Banks and Consumers Step Up to Help Out in Hurricane Sandy's Wake

    The destruction caused by superstorm Sandy is inspiring businesses and individuals alike to offer financial relief to the 60 million people expected to be directly affected. By all accounts, the financial toll will be enormous – the Associated Press reports $20 billion just for the physical damage and another $30 billion in lost business. Feeling […]

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  • Your Credit Card Could be Spying on You

    Your credit card could soon be tattling on you to marketers. At least that’s the conclusion being drawn by the Financial Times and Wired after analyzing an online presentation from MasterCard, offering up cardholder data to online marketers looking to zero in on holiday shoppers (the presentation has since been taken down). MasterCard cardholders make […]

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  • Wal-Mart and AmEx Hatch Low-Fee Bluebird Card

    Wal-Mart and American Express teamed up to offer a head-turning payment option for customers fed up with traditional banks: the Bluebird card. This week, the financial and retail giants introduced Bluebird, a prepaid debit card that promises no required minimum balance, no monthly maintenance fees, no annual fees, no activation fees and no overdraft fees. […]

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  • Credit Card Use Catching On in China

    Credit card use in China has been slow to take off, but signs say that’s rapidly changing. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that China had about 268 million credit cards circulating by September 2011, more than five times the number at the end of 2006. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri (MU) have […]

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  • Starbucks Deal Puts Square App in the Spotlight

    Starbucks and Square have signed a venti-sized deal that could make that frappuccino even easier to buy — and, possibly, make a major player out of the payment start-up. You may have heard of Square — it’s the mobile payments company that makes those swipe dongles small merchants and Girl Scouts alike have been plugging […]

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  • Google Wallet Ruffles Some Feathers in Move to Cloud

    Google Wallet took a big step toward mass adoption this week, but it may have stepped on some big toes in the process. On Wednesday, Google, which had enabled payments only by Citi MasterCard and a Google-branded prepaid card since its launch nearly a year ago, made this announcement: “Today we’re releasing a new, cloud-based […]

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  • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Looks Back on a Busy Year

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau just celebrated its first anniversary with — as you might expect from a government agency — an 80-plus-page report. The report, issued to the White House and Congress, highlights what the CFPB has been up to this past year. And the government watchdog largely gives itself good marks as a […]

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