Credit Cards

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Demystifying Credit Scores

One of the few positive outcomes of the 2008 financial crisis was that it helped shine a light on the importance of understanding and staying on top of your credit profile. Along with that heightened…








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Busting a Credit Card Hacker

In 2007, Ukrainian Maksym Yastremsky was the most prolific credit card hacker in the world. He’d stolen over 40 million cards from mostly U.S.-based retailers. He’d cost credit card companies over $11 million. In 2008…


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Newly Wary, Shoppers Trust Cash

Like dieters vowing to trade cupcakes for carrots, a number of American shoppers are making a new pledge: cash only. The drumbeat of disclosures about credit and debit card breaches at major retailers (and hints…



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The Move To EMV Credit Cards

For years, the United States has lagged behind the rest of the world on moving to more secure EMV credit cards. Consumers have not asked for them, so credit card issuers and retailers have not made the costly switch. But…