Household Debt Hits a New Record in the 4th Quarter of 2016

Posted March 22, 2017 by cccadmin in ,

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Another quarter has passed with household debt hitting a fresh record. Household debt hit a new record 167.3 percent of disposable income in the fourth quarter of 2016. That’s up from 166.8 percent in the previous quarter. In simple terms, that means on average for every dollar of disposable income Canadians earn, they owe $1.67 of debt.

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We’re Carrying Fewer Credit Cards in Our Wallets, But Higher Balances

Posted March 14, 2017 by CCC Staff in ,

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We have the latest credit card statistics, and it’s a good news, bad news story on the consumer debt front. The good news? Canadians are carrying fewer credit cards in their wallet. The bad news? The balances on the credit cards they already have is higher.

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MBNA Rewards MasterCard Review

Posted March 13, 2017 by CCC Staff in

MBNA Rewards MasterCard Review

Credit card issuers are constantly trying to push the envelope when it comes to super premium credit card offerings. But for many credit card users, high-annual fee cards are just not a good fit – even with all their perks.

MBNA has hit a sweet spot with the Rewards MasterCard. First off, there is no annual fee, making it great for cost conscious consumers. On top of that, there’s a generous sign up bonus. To take advantage, simply activate the card and make a purchase to earn 5,000 points. There’s also a very flexible rewards program. Choose from cash back, gift cards, merchandise, travel, or even charitable donations. You’ll earn rewards on a $1 spent / 1 point earned basis (1%), which is pretty standard on reward cards.

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Burn Your Mortgage: 8 Do’s and Don’ts for Credit Cards

Posted March 8, 2017 by Sean Cooper in ,

Burn Your Mortgage

This week’s post is a guest post by Sean Cooper. Take it away Sean…

A little over a year ago I achieved the ultimate dream of financial freedom when I paid off my 30-year mortgage in just 3 years – and I did this by the ripe old age of 30. I celebrated by burning my mortgage papers on national TV. My story went viral, making headlines around the world. I received dozens of emails both congratulating me and wanting to follow in my footsteps. This inspired to me write my new book, Burn Your Mortgage: The Simple, Powerful Path to Financial Freedom for Canadians.

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A Win for the Little Guys: Small Businesses Negotiate Lower Interchange Fees with MasterCard

Posted February 23, 2017 by cccadmin in

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Credit card interchange fees have long been a thorn in the side of small businesses. The fees may be invisible to consumers, but they certainly aren’t to small businesses. The rise in popularity of premium credit cards means small businesses are forking over even more in interchange fees these days. This spells trouble for small businesses with razor thin margins, who have no choice, but to pass along some of the fees to consumers in the form of higher prices.

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Will Air Miles Cardholders Come Back in 2017?

Posted February 17, 2017 by CCC Staff in

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2016 was a rough year for Air Miles. The company found itself in the middle of a PR nightmare when it attempted to introduce an expiry policy that would see unredeemed points older than five years start to expire beginning in 2017. The company ended up doing an about-face, cancelling the controversial policy a couple months ago, but it seems that cardholders still haven’t forgiven the travel rewards program. (It probably doesn’t help that Air Miles recently devalued some of its rewards.)

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