Coronavirus Breeds Device Viruses

Coronavirus Breeds Device Viruses + Fake Rankings

Coronavirus breeds device viruses as hackers seek to exploit the fear and uncertainty of the possible physical pandemic. Consumers should look for mandatory arbitration clauses before buying. Loan sites get hit for misleading rankings and your financial health depends on baby steps. Coronavirus Goes Phishing Mimecast discovered a sample phishing email, showing attackers were disseminating…

Robert McKinley Professor Cardworthy

Robert McKinley Resurrects Professor Cardworthy

Professor Cardworthy, the “Money Explainer” of all things financial, was resurrected by Senior Payments Analyst Robert McKinley, reprising his role first developed in 2007 as the actor in a series of 50 “Cardworthy” YouTube consumer instructional videos. The 2007 project was shelved while Mr. McKinley was in a cancer battle and later placed on hold…

Home Sharing Hotels

Home Sharing, Hotels Maternity & Financial Goals

Home sharing is becoming more expensive than a hotel stay as greedy homeowners slip in exorbitant cleaning fees and service fees. At the same hotels are migrating to the gig economy for cleaning services an apps for room service from local restaurants, according to Bankcenter and CardBuzz. Senior Analyst Robert McKinley for CardTrak says as…

Money Talk

Money Talk: Dollars & Cents Should Precede Birds & Bees

Having a money talk with your children can pay off handsomely when they reach adulthood by delivering a higher level of confidence in their finances. The “birds & bees” talk may help prevent unplanned pregnancies, but the “dollars & cents” talk, or more correctly, “dollars & sense” talk, may avoid boomerang adult kids who move…

Dollar Destroyer Bug

10 Dollar Destroyers to Identify, Avoid or Navigate

While a gargantuan number of Americans handle their finances reasonably well, there are 10 dollar destroyers floating around, wherein some consumers fall victim to their own personal financial mismanagement or find themselves in circumstances possibly out of their control.  The secret to successfully navigating around these ten hazards to the health of your wealth is…

Mastercard World Pearls

Mastercard World is Now Your Oyster Imbedded with More Pearls

The Mastercard World and the Mastercard World Elite credit cards are getting a boatload of more U.S. benefits this summer. Mastercard, previously known as the credit card making “The World Your Oyster,” is adding more automatic digital shopping benefits, as well as cell phone insurance coverage and identity theft protection. The new insurance and protection…

Financial Literacy Payoff

The Financial Literacy Payoff Has Finally Arrived

For more than two decades the nation’s largest payment networks, top banks, numerous financial firms, trade associations and tons of non-profit consumer advocacy/education have all been preaching the same sermons to teach and develop responsible money management skills. The hard work spearheaded by Visa with “Practical Money Skills for Life” in the mid-90s has paid…

Retirement Freedom

Retirement Freedom and Stress-Free Are Not Synonymous

More than half of Americans associate retirement with the words “freedom” and “enjoyment,” and a sizable portion associate retirement with the word “stress-free.” However, the reality is many are forced, out of necessity, to work during retirement, are deeply worried about their future Social Security & Medicare benefits, rising costs of medications, and other unforeseen…