Credit Cards


  • Credit Card Debt: Harder to Talk About Than Sex? Friday, 11 Jul 2008 | 6:25 PM ET

    What would you rather talk about to someone you just met: Your credit card debt, your salary or your sex life?

  • Buy or Rent? Learn the Rule of 15 Thursday, 10 Jul 2008 | 4:49 PM ET

    Many of you have written in asking me to explain this rule of thumb to use in deciding between buying and renting.

  • Consumer Credit Rose by Unexpected $7.78 Billion Tuesday, 8 Jul 2008 | 6:13 PM ET

    U.S. consumer borrowing rose by a larger-than-expected $7.78 billion in May, a Federal Reserve report showed.

  • Mailbag: Feeling Overwhelmed By Credit Card Debt? Tuesday, 8 Jul 2008 | 5:05 PM ET

    You're not alone. Here's my advice to a couple of struggling readers. Plus, why you shouldn't pull out of your IRA.

  • Warren Buffett has some advice for young people, like college students, who want to remain financially independent.  It's not new and its not a surprise, but it is solid counsel on avoiding a very common money pitfall, and worth repeating.

  • Jun 27: Weekly Wrap Up Friday, 27 Jun 2008 | 4:48 PM ET

    Foreclosures, good debt, shopping tips and more. Check out what you missed this past week On the Money.

  • Stock Picker Gives Credit Where Credit Is Due Friday, 27 Jun 2008 | 1:46 PM ET

    Joe Clark sounds like the businessman in "The Graduate," giving the young college grad one word of advice.  The word is "plastic."

  • 'Prolonged Slowdown' Coming: BoNY Mellon President Friday, 27 Jun 2008 | 3:22 AM ET

    The global economy will struggle more than people now think, as the credit crunch spreads beyond housing and financials, Gerald Hassell, Bank of New York Mellon president, told "Squawk Box Europe" Friday.

  • Understand Your Credit Score Thursday, 26 Jun 2008 | 5:02 PM ET

    Having free access to your credit report is a relatively new phenomenon. Let's make sure you know how to get the most out of it.

  • Finding a Credit Counselor Wednesday, 11 Jun 2008 | 1:17 PM ET

    If you're overwhelmed with debt, a non-profit credit counselor may be what you need.

  • Answering Your Credit Questions Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 6:09 PM ET

    Need to know how to find a credit counselor? What if you have to settle your debt? Is it legal to decrease your credit line without notice? Find out here.

  • Chip Away at Credit Card Debt Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 1:05 PM ET

    Don't spend more than 15% of your monthly income on paying down debt. Instead, chip away until it's at zero.

  • Home Loans and Your Credit Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 12:48 PM ET

    Having unused credit cards strengthens your ability to get the best home loan available.

  • Improving Your Credit Score Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 12:40 PM ET

    The best way to do it is also the most obvious: get your credit card balances to zero.

  • Doll: Fed Doesn't Want to Raise Rates Any Time Soon Tuesday, 10 Jun 2008 | 7:44 AM ET

    The worst of the credit crunch is over, but the Federal Reserve is likely to keep interest rates on hold for a long time despite a surge in oil prices, as the U.S. economy still has to prove it is stabilizing, money manager Bob Doll said on Tuesday.

  • U.S. consumer borrowing rose by $8.95 billion in April, more than expected, as closed-end consumer loan growth overshadowed the smallest rise in credit card borrowing in nearly three years.

  • The Cream Rises to the Top Wednesday, 4 Jun 2008 | 6:03 PM ET

    These days, shopping for the best bank (with the fewest fees) isn't as painstaking as it once was -- because now it's all about innovation and choice.

  • Cash-strapped Americans are ringing up more purchases on their credit and debit cards, but there could be a steep price to pay ahead.

  • The Young and the Tardy Monday, 2 Jun 2008 | 5:59 PM ET

    Nearly half of the young people in this country don't pay their bills on time. But thanks to the glorious innovation of online banking, it's easier than ever to stay on top of things.

  • Stop Trading!: Market Shrugs at Recession Talk Monday, 12 May 2008 | 3:21 PM ET

    Some of the worst stocks are up Monday despite bad news. Are any of them worth buying?