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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Rising Rents for Millennials Give Rise to a New Breed of Lender


A 2017 survey of more than 100,000 renters by the National Multifamily Housing Council, a landlord group, showed 3% of those surveyed paid rent with credit cards and 16% said they would do so if their landlords agreed.

“As rents have gone up, we get more and more emails and phone calls where people would ask us if they could pay their rent over time,” said Tony Diamond, founder of StayTony, which manages upscale apartments in the Los Angeles and Atlanta areas.

The company recently joined with loan vendor Uplift—which made a name for itself financing family vacations—to allow its tenants to finance up to three months of rent over a 12-month period.

StayTony hopes its renter loans will appeal in particular to recent college graduates. Through Uplift, it offers loans up to $16,000 that carry no interest for the first six months and an annual interest rate of 15% to 17% on average after that.


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Friday, December 21, 2018

Stop The Onslaught Of Credit Card Offers


As part of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the credit reporting agencies are allowed to supply lists of consumers to potential creditors. Creditors can filter these lists to target their preferred audience for pre-approval offers. The FRCA allows you to opt-out of those lists, choking off the main source of credit card offers.

To opt-out, go to 


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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Fin7 Syndicate Hacks Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor Stores


A "preliminary analysis" found credit card data was obtained for sales dating back to May 2017, according to the post.
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Friday, January 19, 2018

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/18/how-often-you-should-pay-off-your-credit-card-bill.html


"To build credit, what you want to do is have a demonstrated track record of using credit responsibly, and over time different forms of credit," McBride says. "With regard to revolving lines like credit cards, you want to demonstrate the ability to put expenses on the card and then to pay that off."

To demonstrate that ability, it's smarter to focus on not letting your balance exceed more than 10 percent of your credit limit at any given time.

"The 10 percent threshold is the point at which it's beneficial to your credit score," McBride says. "Between 10 and 30 percent it's neutral, and it's only when your balance is above 30 percent of your credit line that it actually works against your score.
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

7 Ways to Protect Yourself From Online Identity Theft


Like it or not, the holidays are upon us. It's important to make sure your year-end shopping spree isn't spoiled by cybersecurity threats, hackers or scammers. 

Contact us immediately if you discover any unfamiliar entries on your credit report and suspect your identity has been stolen. We represent consumers on contingency to obtain a permanently corrected report and, in many cases, compensation for violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Giant Equifax data breach: 143 million people could be affected


Equifax, one of the “Big Three” credit reporting companies, suffered a major data breach in late July 2017. The breach (made public today) has compromised the accounts of roughly 143 million Americans. In addition to consumers’ credit scores, “loans, loan payments and credit cards, as well as information on everything from child support payments, credit limits, missed rent and utilities payments, addresses and employer history” were obtained by the cyber-criminals.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

It just got easier for you to sue your bank and credit card company.


The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a new rule Monday that prevents companies from using arbitration clauses to stop consumers from bringing class action lawsuits.

 The clauses force people to "go it alone or give up," said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. "Our new rule will stop companies from sidestepping the courts and ensure that people who are harmed together can take action together," he said. Many people aren't aware that their bank account or credit card contracts came with an arbitration clause buried in the fine print.

 But they're pretty common.
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Notice of Sabre Data Security Incident Impacting Guest Payment Card Information


Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts was recently informed of a data security incident at Sabre, a third-party hotel reservations provider to thousands of hotel properties, including those managed by Four Seasons. The incident involved unauthorized access to certain guest information associated with a subset of hotel reservations processed through Sabre's SynXis Central Reservations System (CRS) from August 10, 2016 until March 9, 2017. Sabre has confirmed that the issue has been contained and the unauthorized access has been revoked, but some guest information may have been compromised as a result of the incident. 

 The Sabre CRS facilitates the booking of hotel reservations made by consumers through hotels, online travel agencies, and similar booking services. Following an examination of forensic evidence, Sabre confirmed to Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts on June 6, 2017 that an unauthorized party gained access to account credentials that permitted unauthorized access to certain unencrypted payment card information, as well as certain reservation information, for a subset of hotel reservations processed through Sabre's system.
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Americans are suddenly defaulting on their credit cards


The American economy has looked pretty robust of late — unemployment just hit a 16-year low, and stocks recently reached an all-time high. This makes it all the more curious that Americans have suddenly stopped paying off their credit-card bills at a rapid rate.

In the past two fiscal quarters, banks reported a steep rise in credit-card charge-offs — debt that companies can't collect from their customers — according to a report from Moody's.

The sharp increase, the largest since 2009, is especially unusual given how strong the US employment market has been, Moody's noted. It suggests that American consumers haven't fallen on hard times so much as banks have started to loosen their standards and issue credit more aggressively.
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