5 credit cards you won’t find anywhere else
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Record numbers of banking executives packed a well-known resort outside Orlando in the latter half of March to swap industry gossip and to show off the latest innovations in debit and credit card products.

Under shareholder pressure to lend more money to consumers, big banks used the gathering to scout potential takeover targets. Marketing chiefs attended presentations from regional banks, retailers and credit unions, all clamoring to launch the next big personal finance trend. Based on CardRatings.com’s exclusive interviews with attendees who spoke on condition of anonymity, some of this year’s most promising new accounts include:

The Zirconium Card

Officials at First National Bank of Manitowoc told attendees that ads for Chase Sapphire inspired their latest product, a rewards credit card for Americans who prefer virtual luxury to the real thing. The FNBM Zirconium Card earns 100 rewards points per…………… continues on Fox Business

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Angie’s List founder advocates credit card payments for contractors
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Credit card payments have become the best way to ensure quality work from contractors, according to Angie Hicks, the founder of service professionals directory Angie’s List. Yet, based on pleas from vendors to avoid merchant fees or taxes, many customers still pay in cash or with checks.

“Homeowners are still whipping out their checkbooks when it comes time to pay the plumber, landscaper or roofer,” Hicks said in a statement to reporters.

Sixty-five percent of service companies in a recent Angie’s List poll confirmed that they can accept debit or credit cards, up from 57 percent in a poll conducted a year earlier. One in 5 of those company representatives told researchers that they preferred credit card payments to cash or checks. That figure nearly doubled from a year ago, signaling increased acceptance of phone, web, and mobile payment technology.

Hicks recommends screening prospective contractors, using credit card acceptance as one of the determining factors about proceeding with a project. Credit cards enable vendors to stagger payments over the course of a long project, while giving consumers the protection to dispute charges when work doesn’t match a contract’s terms.

“What you absolutely should not do is pay in cash,” Hicks said. “Wi…………… continues on Fox Business

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