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Financial Optimism Reigns In The New Year

1999It seems like at the end of every year, people look back and say how difficult it’s been, and hope that the next year will be better. And this year seems to be no different, with people who may have been discouraged or pessimistic near the end of last year now looking ahead and seeing a rosy outlook.

Allianz Life’s New Year’s Resolution survey found that people are, in general, feeling good about their financial prospects in 2018. Only 36% of those surveyed felt that there could be another major recession this year, while 39% were optimistic that they’ll make more money, as opposed to 23% who foresaw making less over the coming year.

Folks are focused on their finances: 71% of survey respondents said getting their money game in top form was their priority this year, even more than getting in shape and minding their health. As for bad habits, the most-named one was “spending too much money on things I don’t need.”

Allianz Life’s vice president of consumer insights, Paul Kelash, provided ...


Small Business Credit Cards Offer Valuable Tools for Entrepreneurs

Small Business Credit Cards Offer Valuable Tools for EntrepreneursThe latest Small Business Growth Index from Capital One shows that 60% of small business owners report that business is good or excellent, and 37% are in a better financial position than they were a year ago.

The survey polls 500 small business owners across the country, measuring their optimism, their feelings about their financial position, and the challenges they’re facing. In spite of overall optimism on the part of the respondents, there are concerns as well. Forty-five percent said they were worried about taxes, 42% were anxious about cash flow, and 32% found keeping up with technology to be a challenge.

Celia Edwards Karam, head of small business banking at Capital One, said the company is “focused on understanding these challenges and delivering experiences designed to help businesses succeed an ...


Generation Y And Z Prefer Credit Cards To Other Payment Options

1988

When you go to pay for something, do you automatically go for the cash in your wallet, or do you pull out your credit card? The answer may have to do with your age – at least according to a recent survey by financial tech firm Vyze.

The Vyze survey looked at Generations Y and Z. Those are the folks that make up the Millennial generation, with Generation Y defined as those ages 25 – 34, and Generation Z encompassing the 18 – 24 set. Vyze wanted to know how generational differences affect customers’ payment preferences, and whether younger people are more comfortable with cash, credit, installment plans, or other types of payment arrangements.

They found that 80% of the Millennial generation as a whole vastly prefer using a credit card to make any type of purchase, and not only that, but that they specifically would choose a credit card that charged a 0% interest rate for six months over a fixed monthly payment plan that also did not charge interest.

Even better than a credit card with zero ...


A Good Credit Score Is Better Than A Fancy Car, Singles Say

1984When looking for someone to date, people might be less focused on someone’s material possessions, what job they have, or how good-looking they are – and more concerned with their potential date’s creditworthiness.

A study sponsored by Discover Card and Match Media Group (the folks behind dating site Match.com) showed that online daters put more stock in someone’s financial standing than they do in whether the person drives a fancy car or has a fit physique. Fifty-eight percent of those surveyed said a good credit score was more important than what kind of car their prospective love interest drives, 50% said good credit is more important than an impressive job title, and 40% said it’s more attractive than a physically fit body.

Anthropologist Helen Fisher, PhD, the chief scientific advisor for Match.com, said singles with a good credit score shouldn’t be afraid to show it off. “When it comes to dating, a good credit score ups your mate value, helping you win a responsible, long-term partner, ...


Citi And PayPal Team Up To Offer New Payment Choices

1980If you’ve got a Citi card and a PayPal account, you’ll soon have more choices as to how you’ll pay for things. That’s because Citi and PayPal have partnered to allow Citi cardmembers to use ThankYou Points at any online merchant that accepts PayPal as a method of payment.

This new capability is not slated to launch until 2018, but it’s still an exciting development, and it’s only one of the changes that will take place due to the partnership between PayPal and Citi.

Says Gary Marino, chief commercial officer at PayPal, “This agreement with Citi is about deepening our relationship as well as creating a deeper platform integration that can add value to our joint customers.” He said the ability for Citi customers to use Thank You Points for PayPal purchases shows “the power and flexibility of our technology platforms.”

Reward points perks

One of the nice things about credit cards that offer reward points, such as Citi’s ThankYou Points, is that they are generally very flexible in ...


FICO Introduces New Anti-Fraud Solution

FICO Introduces New Anti-Fraud SolutionMany people have experienced the frustration of having their credit card hacked. You know the drill: you get a call, or a text, alerting you to possible fraudulent activity on your account. Or maybe you log into your account online and see that the balance isn’t what you expected, giving you quite a shock.

Even if the fraud is stopped immediately and the money is refunded to you – as it usually is, because of zero-liability policies that most credit cards offer their customers – there’s still the hassle of having your card canceled and waiting for a new one to be issued, changing your account information with any merchants with whom you’d set up automatic payments, and staying on the alert for any other strange activity that could signal an ongoing issue.

A new product from FICO, called the FICO Card Compromise Manager, is designed to proactively de ...


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