Review Category : Credit

UBER Gets Into The Credit Card Game??

Uber has become a household name over the past several years by picking us up and dropping us off with the click of a button on our mobile phone.  Effective November 2nd, Uber officially put its hat in the ring and made a foray into the credit card business by issuing a Visa card by Barclays.   The most interesting part of this that the applications can be processed right inside of the Uber app. Uber, apparently thinks that they have tapped into a nerve because they realized their customers love two things: eating out and chilling with Netflix. With the Uber Visa card, you can: Stream with a $50 subscription credit for Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Music, Audible, Sirius XM, Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now, DirectTV Now, the membership fee for Amazon Prime, and Shoprunner after you spend your first $5,000. You can ride in Uber with peace of mind by having up to $600 of mobile phone ...

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There’s No Short Cuts To Getting Out Of Debt

From time to time a prospective client will come to me with lots of Credit Card debt.  They want to know what they can do to get out of debt?  My answer is always the same.  There are no short cuts. Every time they will ask if they should use one of the debt-settlement companies that you see on TV.  You know the ones that promise financial freedom.  What most of the companies do is convince you to stop making payments to the creditor.  Some have you send the money to them to hold while they try and negotiate with the creditors to take a lump sum for less than what is owed.  On the surface it seems like a good idea.  Why wouldn’t the creditor want to negotiate for something now, rather than writing off the debt completely. But reports from the Center for Responsible Lending and the Federal Trade Commission point out that debt balances increase on average ...

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Did Starbucks Charge You 28 Times?

For some of you, grabbing your daily Starbucks order is akin to brushing your teeth every day.   In my your smart money moves column, I will continue to profess that the next twenty years the cash flow management aspect of financial planning will become more important than asset management planning.   Ask soon about my revolutionary cash flow transformation system coming live by the beginning of 2017.  Since technology has taken over for the large part the way we pay bills, transfer money, and manage cash, you’ll see more and more companies asking you to store cash on loyalty cards. In a review recently performed by the Wall Street Journal a study revealed that more than 1.2 billion were loaded onto Starbucks cards and the mobile app in the first quarter of 2016.   The scary part is that this dollar figure amounts to more than some financial institution have in their possession.  For example, Discover Financial Services had $680million in deposits ...

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Single Women Going Broke By The Cocktail

For those that watched the glamorous life of Carrie Bradshaw and her cronies in Sex And The City, did you ever wonder what it really cost to maintain a Manhattan apartment, fabulous clothing, and dining and entertainment throughout the city?   One quoted number by Carrie Bradshaw herself is that she spent well over $40,000 on footwear alone over the course of her lifetime.  Could that be true and why is it that so many women now in their 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s are struggling financially? Recently, Pew Research collected data and published a report that a record amount of adults today in their 20’s and early 30’s are unmarried.  If the trends continue in the current direction, one in four will never ever get married.   The biggest reason given by this age group for not getting married was for a lack of financially being ready.   Women were especially concerned about tying the knot because of financial concerns.   As salaries and ...

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The Emotional Wear And Tear Of Debt

Soup is NOT a meal.   What?  What in the world does that have to do with debt?   One of my all-time favorite Seinfeld episodes is where comedian Kenny Bania gives Jerry Seinfeld a brand new Armani suit and tells Jerry that they can call it even if Jerry takes Kenny out for a ‘meal’ sometime.  Seems like a reasonable deal, right?   Jerry gladly accepts the offer and then ends up taking Kenny out to a restaurant and since Kenny was full from a hot dog he recently ate, he decides to just order soup.   Kenny and Jerry argue about whether soup is a side dish or a meal which inevitably Jerry loses the argument.   Jerry left the dinner with one of the worst three word phrases hovering over his head, YOU OWE ME! Over the years, my philosophy around financial planning has evolved from when I first started in the business almost 25 years ago.   Debts come in many shapes ...

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The All-American Love Affair

When I think of things Americans love, I think of things like football, baseball, cars, a great burger, suing people for ridiculous reasons, uncivilized black Friday behavior, and credit cards! Americans LOVE credit cards, and that’s no surprise to most! I was reviewing a study this week that was published recently by www.cardhub.com, which stated that Americans charged a record $57 billion in credit card debt in 2014, which amounts to a 47% increase compared to 2013! A fellow reader left a comment about Americans being credit obsessed, and asked when we will ever be able to use credit properly. It got me thinking, while those numbers are quite astounding, who said nobody was using their credit wisely? How much of those charges is really a factor of consumers exhibiting unhealthy charging habits, versus just getting smarter with their money? I am not surprised at all by the record increase in credit card use. Americans have always loved their credit ...

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Different Types of Credit Scores: Which Are You Getting?

As someone who has owned/operated a credit message board for 4 years running, I get quite a bit of feedback from consumers. Based on that experience, if I had to pinpoint the #1 most confusing and least understood topic within this niche, do you know what it would be? Credit scores. And my reason for saying that may not be what you think. Sure, a credit score is cryptic by nature, since its formula is a secret. But that’s not why it’s so misunderstand. Rather, the reason credit scores are confusing is because most websites that sell scores are misleading consumers. FICO vs. everyone else If you go apply for a credit card, mortgage, or car loan, there’s a good chance the creditor will be using your FICO score as part of their decision. FICO (formerly known as Fair, Isaac and Company) has been around since 1956. They were the first in the credit scoring industry. During FICO’s first couple decades, the ...

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