Charges against former French Market director center on credit card use
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Days after New Orleans Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux reported myriad troubles in the financial oversight of the French Market Corp., prosecutors charged the nonprofit agency’s former head, Kenneth Ferdinand, with felony theft for paying personal expenses on the agency’s credit card.

Ferdinand, 56, resigned under pressure last summer as executive director of the city agency that oversees the famed, 220-year-old French Quarter market that runs along North Peters Street in a blocks-long wedge. The corporation also manages the city-owned Upper Pontalba apartments and storefronts on St. Peter Street flanking Jackson Square.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s office last year refe…………… continues on NOLA.com
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4 Reasons Why You Should Use a Credit Card and 1 Why You Shouldn’t
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As anyone who has ever used one knows, credit cards have the potential to be both extremely useful and somewhat dangerous. Over the past couple years, however, much of the attention given to these little pieces of plastic has been understandably negative. People simply lost faith in financial establishments during the Great Recession, and this included credit card companies, many of which routinely used bait-and-switch tactics and unfair penalty rates and fees. Still, the credit card landscape has changed; issuers are operating under stricter rules and consumers are protected by an expanded, strengthened bill of rights. So is it safe to rely on credit cards once again, or is it not worth the risk? Let’s find out.

Why You Should Use a Credit Card

1. Credit Building

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Test drive: American Express GlobalTravel Card

Posted by administrator | 22/06/11 | Tagged Credit Card

Test drive: American Express GlobalTravel Card
News from Sydney Morning Herald:

Strike a balance … it’s not easy weighing up the best travel card option for your particular needs. Photo: Greg Bakes

What it is Travel cards are an alternative – often a cheaper one – to using your own debit card or credit card while on holiday. Specialists such as Travelex have issued them for some time and have been joined in recent years by the likes of the ANZ and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Following in those footsteps is the American Express GlobalTravel Card, a prepaid card that can be loaded with the US dollar, the euro or the British pound.

As well as being available through American Express foreign exchange outlets, the card is sold through Australia Post.

How it works For a fee of $ 15 you receive a card (and a bac…………… continues on Sydney Morning Herald
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Man charged with using ATM skimming device in Darien
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DARIEN — Police charged a New London man Monday with identity theft, larceny and credit card fraud after bank employees reported the use of an ATM skimming device.

Ahmet Cilek, 45, of 18 Walden Ave., New London, committed similar crimes in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island and has a criminal history in Virginia and New York, police said.

Police responded to the Bank of America at 7 Sedgwick Ave. at 8:45 p.m. Monday, where bank personnel claimed a skimming device was placed on an ATM. The electronic reader is used to capture credit card and ATM card information, and personal identification numbers.

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The 6 Best Travel Reward Credit Cards Right Now

Posted by administrator | 21/06/11 | Tagged Credit Card

The 6 Best Travel Reward Credit Cards Right Now
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A vacation should be rewarding in and of itself. But if you can find a credit card that will give you miles, points or other perks when you travel, it’s an extra bonus. The right card can even help you save money on your summer travels.

But finding the right one for you can be a challenge. Because credit card issuers switch up promotions and the fine print on their cards all the time, even savvy consumers struggle to keep up. So we asked a trio of experts to suggest the most valuable travel reward credit card offers out there. Here’s what they said:

Chase Marriott Rewards Visa

“If you’re a frequent traveler and have a hotel chain or a series of hotel chains you like or use a lot you can rack up rewards quickly,” says Doug Miller, senior analyst f…………… continues on TIME
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Prepaid cards are getting cheaper, but still flawed
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By Sandra Block, USA TODAY

American Express, a company typically associated with people who have Roman numerals after their names and use “summer” as a verb, did something surprising last week: It introduced a prepaid card.

AP

A sample of a prepaid American Express card.

Prepaid cards are re-loadable cards that can be used anywhere credit or debit cards are accepted. They’re popular with people who can’t afford a traditional bank account, or who have been turned …………… continues on USA Today
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Strategize To Take Care Of Credit Card Debt

Posted by administrator | 21/06/11 | Tagged Credit Card Debt

Strategize To Take Care Of Credit Card Debt
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Picking and committing to a strategy is the best way to push out of debt, as experts attest. NY1’s Tara Lynn Wagner filed the following report.

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CBS 3 Springfield

Posted by administrator | 20/06/11 | Tagged Credit Card

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Nobody likes receiving credit card bills, and so when the due date rolls around, it can be all too tempting to write a check or enter an online payment for just the minimum amount. But before you click “submit payment,” you might want to think about some different strategies that will pay your total debt off faster.

First, consider these two points:

1) Imagine you have a credit card debt of $ 10,000 with a 19.9 percent interest rate. In this case, a standard minimum payment of 3 percent of the monthly balance would be $ 300 per month. Suppose you always pay only the minimum payment, without adding more to the balance, until you have paid the debt in full. The minimum payment will decrease over time as your balance decreases, going down to $ 50 per month, for example, as the balance goes down. You’ll be paying this credit card bill every month for 15 years, and repayment will cost you more than $ 21,000.

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Green MP seeks wider credit card reforms

Posted by administrator | 19/06/11 | Tagged Credit Card

Green MP seeks wider credit card reforms
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Greens MP Adam Bandt wants new credit laws to apply to existing cards and accounts as well as new ones. Photo: AP

THE Gillard government’s planned crackdown on credit card fees and conditions faces an eleventh-hour test, with a pivotal Greens MP calling for the new rules to be widened to apply to millions of existing cards rather than just new accounts.

With the proposed laws to be introduced into Parliament today, Greens MP Adam Bandt is planning an amendment so the rules apply to any new transactions made with existing cards. Currently, the planned rules will apply to cards issued after July 2012.

The national consumer credit reforms will ban unsolicited credit card limit increase offers and certain fees for exceeding credit card limits.

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Effects of credit card fee changes debated
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Pay It Forward: Look to the future by paying off your debt today
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So you’re in debt. You’re not alone. According to CreditCards.com, the average credit card debt per household is $ 14,743. And while misery loves company, nobody loves debt. So resolve to get rid of it today. Here are four important steps:

1. Take stock. If you’re serious about eliminating debt, gather your paperwork and sit down at the kitchen table with pencil, paper and a calculator and get to work. Do not round your $ 2,196.78 bill down to $ 2,000. Write down every single penny you owe.

2. Absorb the shock. This step is probably the hardest, but also the most important one in the plan. Stare at your total. Let the reality of how much you owe sink in and become real. How much do you make per hour? Use the calculator to figure out how many hours you will have to work at your current rate to pay off your debt. Don’t even worry about compounding interest, just see how many hours you will have to devote to paying what you owe toda…………… continues on Belleville News Democrat

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More credit card debt might be good for the economy

Posted by administrator | 17/06/11 | Tagged Credit Card Debt

More credit card debt might be good for the economy
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By Paul Davidson, USA TODAY

No one wants Americans to return to their charge-now, pay-later ways.

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But with 70% of the economy tied to consumer spending, a little more plastic and a little less caution might not be a bad thing.

While consumers are using their credit cards a bit more lately, they largely remain tight-fisted, according to a recent Federal Reserve report.

“What we’re seeing is a return of consumers to their credit cards but a very slow one,” says economist Gregory Daco of
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Consumers paying down debt more slowly
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A shopper pulls a credit card from her wallet to make a purchase at Best Buy in Mechanicsburg, Pa. l AP photo/Carolyn Kaster, file

Consumers may be breathing a bit easier as they pay down less of their credit-card debt than they did a year ago, and they are expected to accrue more debt by year-end, according to a survey released Thursday.

Consumers paid down $ 32.4 billion, collectively, of their credit-card debt in the first three months of this year, or 26 percent less than the same period last year, said CardHub.com, a credit-card comparison Web site that issues debt studies. The study forecast that consumers will …………… continues on Chicago Sun-Times

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Labor MP attacked over credit card use

Posted by administrator | 16/06/11 | Tagged Credit Card

Labor MP attacked over credit card use
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By Jeremy Thompson

Updated June 15, 2011 15:25:00

The allegations of credit card misuse against former union official Craig Thomson were first made by Fairfax newspapers. (AAP: Dean Lewins, file photo)

Liberal Senator Michael Ronaldson has launched an extraordinary attack on Labor backbencher Craig Thomson, alleging misuse of a union credit card including payments to brothels.

Speaking under parliamentary privilege, Senator Ronaldson spoke of allegations of fraud and electoral misconduct when Mr Thomson was an official with the Health Services Union (HSU).

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CHA Lewis Jordan, Subject Of City Credit Card Investigation, Steps Down
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Last week, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel took away his access to city credit cards, cars and the police officers assigned to drive them. On Tuesday, Chicago Housing Authority chief executive officer Lewis Jordan announced his resignation following allegations of some shady credit card use on the city’s dime.

Jordan and his department was the subject of a Better Government Association (BGA)/FOX Chicago investigation that uncovered widespread city worker misuse of credit cards, which were allegedly used for pricey dinners at upscale restaurants, gift cards, flowers, red light camera tickets and a suite at the United Center.

In his resignation letter, Jordan wrote that “this [credit card] issue has become an impediment to my ability to steer this $ 1 billion a year organization [and] … over the past two weeks questions about the propriety of credit card use have overshadow…………… continues on Huffington Post
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CHA CEO Lewis Jordan Resigns After Questions About Credit Card Use
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Updated: Tuesday, 14 Jun 2011, 9:35 PM CDT
Published : Tuesday, 14 Jun 2011, 3:47 PM CDT

Chicago – Chicago Housing Authority CEO Lewis Jordan has resigned after a FOX Chicago News/Better Government Association investigation into his use of city credit cards to pay for expensive meals at Chicago’s finest restaurants.

Ground zero for Jordan’s credit card spending spree was the Gold Coast. He used his city-provided credit card to pay for numerous meals at Carmine’s, Hugo’s Frog Bar, Gibson’s, and even a mentoring lunch with a Chicago public schools student at the Tavern on Rush.

FOX Chicago News and the BGA also found thousands of dollars in charges for flowers for CHA employees, monthly birthday cakes, holiday gifts for senior sta…………… continues on MyFox Chicago

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Albany’s tech-savvy meters: multilingual, credit-card friendly
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ALBANY — You will be able to use your credit or debit card to pay for some parking meters in downtown Albany starting Wednesday.

The new, solar-powered meters also will extend the time people can spend in a space from two to 10 hours, but it will get more expensive for a longer stay. Rather than a meter for every parking space, there will be one for every 10 spaces or so.

The new technology is being implemented on State Street between Broadway and Eagle Street, and it will enable 116 meters to be replaced by a dozen. It allows motorists to get directions for using the meter in English, Spanish, French and, historically appropriate for Albany, Dutch. Those parking will also be able to pay with nickels, dimes, quarters and dollar coins.

It does have one downside for commuters: no more piggybacking on time left on the meter by someone else.

If successful, the new meters will be installed elsewhere downtown, said
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