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Study: Issuers may tailor card offers to dupe some consumers

Kelly Dilworth

If the credit card offer you receive in the mail has more photos and less text – or the card’s fees are buried in fine print – it could be the issuer thinks you can be duped into signing up for a…
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Card issuers using obscure credit scores to evaluate prime borrowers

Kelly Dilworth

Why would a consumer with a near-perfect FICO score get rejected for a credit card? An obscure consumer score that uses alternative data instead of traditional credit information could be to blame. Earlier this month, Los Angeles Times columnist David…
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Despite good credit, I got socked with a high APR card

Kelly Dilworth

The opacity of credit card offers hit home for me recently when I was approved for a Discover it Miles card. Within minutes of applying, I was pleasantly surprised to see that I had been approved for a $13,000 credit…
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Every point counts with charity card donations

Kelly Dilworth

If you’re looking for a simpler way to donate your card rewards to charity, a socially responsible credit card such as Commerce Bank’s new Charity Charge credit card may be the ticket. But if you want to maximize your giving…
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Prepaid debit cards need clear price tags

Fred Williams

Shopping for prepaid debit cards, as I did in March and April, makes you appreciate the more orderly world of credit cards. Take, for example, the Schumer box. That’s the chart on credit card offers that tells you the APR,…
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