The extra debt could mean two things: People spent more overall or they shifted spending to their cash-back rewards card from some other card in their purse or wallet. Sumit Agarwal, one of the co-authors, says the study found both. That means that, for a lot of people, the benefit of a cash-back reward is negated by increased overall spending and debt.
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One major issuer didn’t get away from consumer watchdogs this time, and paid a pretty hefty price. A judge ordered Wells Fargo to pay $203 million in restitution to Californians for manipulating overdraft fees.
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While credit card perks are getting slashed and debit cards and checking accounts face looming fees, the start-up Perk Street Financial will soon be offering the irresistible upgrade to double their debit card’s cash back program to 2% cash back on every dollar of debit card purchases the cardholder signs for. If you’re looking for […]
If you crave the rewards a credit card offers but need the security of a debit card, Chase’s new RealCash Debit Card comes close to a perfect union of the two. (Chase is a Credit Karma partner.) RealCash’s cash back program turns your debit card into a moneymaker, minus the risks of paying interest, getting […]
There are many reasons to want to get new plastic: maybe you want another open credit line, or need a back-up credit card, or are interested in bonus rewards or cashback. Whatever the reason, getting a new credit card is exciting, but can also lead to a bad decision of getting the wrong card, getting […]
The next wave of rewards card programs is flooding the market, offering what’s termed “retirement rewards”. These rewards offer consumers the opportunity to turn points into cash to be invested in their retirement fund. The more familiar, traditional rewards programs of airline miles and cashback offers will have to move over for the innovative programs […]
American Express (a Credit Karma advertiser) introduces the industry’s first rewards points-for-taxes program that enables cardholders to trade-in rewards points to pay their tax bills. AmEx is offering the sensible and recession-friendly opportunity to use rewards points on a necessary expense like taxes as an alternative to spending points on hotel and flight upgrades.
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