Martin Merzer

Martin Merzer covers a wide variety of topics for

A major media journalist for more than 35 years, Merzer has written for many big city newspapers, wire services and other publications. Among his areas of specialty: reporting, analyzing and writing about financial affairs and business news.

Posts by Martin Merzer

Fine print, Living with credit, Protecting yourself

A credit-card-savvy travelers guide to France, Italy

You’ve bought the airline tickets, found a few charming hotels (breakfast included), and decided that you’d really rather not drive if you can possibly avoid it, thank you very much.

Now, comes the hard part: Figuring out how to use your U.S. credit and debit cards during your European vacation or business trip. Setting aside most of the technical mumbo-jumbo (“Chip and PIN card? What’s a chip and PIN card?"), here’s a real-time primer for real people.

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