October 23rd, 2014

Final Unveils New Security-Focused Payment Service

Finals Unveils New Security-Focused Payment Service

Historians might look back on 2014 and remember it as the year of the data breach. From Target to Home Depot, consumers across the country have been replacing their credit cards at rapid speed, with a range of stores being hacked.

A new startup based in Boulder, Colorado wants to make credit cards more secure. Final plans to issue physical credit cards that allow you to assign a unique credit card number to every merchant, or a disposable one-time use number for random purchases. Instead of one credit card number, you could have millions. So if one merchant is hacked, you won’t have to cancel your card because the random card numbers assigned to other merchants are still protected.

If this sounds familiar, it’s because Final is issuing a chip-and-pin card, just like the ones we’ve written about recently. Final, though, is adding additional security features. You can receive alerts via push notifications and even turn the physical card on or off from your mobile device. Final also falls under the same requirements that retail banking institutions do, so consumer and credit card information are stored in a secure hosting environment.

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October 2nd, 2014

United States Leads the Developed World in Low-Paying Jobs

United States Leads the Developed World in Low-Paying Jobs

The United States leads the developed world in low-paying jobs. Over 25 percent of American jobs are classified as “low-paying” by the OECD.

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September 30th, 2014

Millions of Americans Are Having Their Wages Garnished to Pay Consumer Debts

Millions of Americans Are Having Their Wages Garnished to Pay Consumer Debts

According to a new report, 4 million American workers, about 3 percent of all employees, had wages garnished due to consumer debts in 2013.

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September 26th, 2014

Marriott Reminds Travelers to Tip Housekeeping

Marriott Reminds Travelers to Tip Housekeeping

Marriott recently announced a partnership with A Woman’s Nation, a non-profit organization founded by Maria Shriver, to place tipping envelopes in 160,000 hotel rooms at Marriott hotels across the U.S. and Canada. The American Hotel & Lodging Association, a trade group, recommends that attendants be tipped $1 to $5 per night on a daily basis.

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September 25th, 2014

Rep. Maxine Waters Proposes Reforms to the Credit Reporting System

Rep. Maxine Waters Proposes Reforms to the Credit Reporting System

According to a high-ranking House Democrat, the current credit reporting system needs some updating. We explore the significant changes in her proposal.

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September 18th, 2014

Apple Unveils New Mobile Payment System

Apple Unveils New Mobile Payment System

Apple Pay will allow iPhone users to pay entirely with their cell phone. Apple suggests that Apple Pay will let customers make more efficient and secure purchases.

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September 16th, 2014

Credit Card Delinquencies Hit Lowest Level in Seven Years

Credit Card Delinquencies Hit Lowest Level in Seven Years

More good news about credit card delinquency rates has arrived. The latest TransUnion Industry Insights Report found that the rate of credit card payments that were 90 days overdue or more dropped nearly 9 percent in the last year, from 1.27 percent to 1.16 percent of total payments.

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September 12th, 2014

Consumer Confidence Is on the Rise in the U.S.

Consumer Confidence is Rising

According to the Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, consumer confidence improved for the fourth straight month in August. The new confidence total is the highest the monthly index has found since October 2007, indicating a growth in positive financial sentiment across the United States.

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September 9th, 2014

Raising a Child Now Costs $245,000

Raising a Child Now Costs $245,000

It’s no surprise that raising a kid is expensive, but just how expensive is it? According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, raising a child born in 2013 until they turn 18 will cost about $245,000 on average. The good news is that this is only a 1.8 percent increase from 2012, which makes it the smallest increase since 2009.

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September 4th, 2014

Federal Reserve Shows New Auto Loans at an Eight-Year High

Federal Reserve Shows New Auto Loans at an Eight-Year High

According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Americans added $101 billion dollars in new auto loans in Q2, the biggest quarter of new growth in almost eight years.

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