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5 Fee-Free Ways to Donate to Disaster Relief Efforts

It's a recurring problem with making charitable donations online: You're not just donating to the charity -- you're also "donating" to the companies that process the payments. But if you'd like to get the most bang for your charitable buck, there are ways around those processing fees.

Credit Card Horror Tales: 5 Ways Bad Plastic Kills Your Finances

The credit card market remains plagued by cards built to kill your savings, despite the consumer-friendly reforms of the CARD Act and record-low interest rates for most loans. Here are the five most common ways the worst credit cards prey on unsuspecting consumers.

How High Credit Card Rates Could Be Good News for You

Despite ultra-low mortgage and savings interest rates, the average credit card rate is still high, and has barely budged over the past year. That's not so lucky for you as a spender -- but it could guide you to a windfall as an investor.

AmEx: Still America's Favorite Credit Card

American Express remains the most beloved credit card issuer in the country. For the sixth year in a row, the card issuer has taken first place for customer satisfaction, according to a survey of nearly 14,000 credit card customers conducted by J.D. Power and Associates.

Your Smartphone as Your Wallet: 3 Companies That Will Cash In

The smartphone revolution is well under way, and its latest advances could eventually let it replace your wallet. But the adoption of these new technologies can do more than reshape how you pay for purchases -- it can also pay off for your portfolio.

Summer Break to Cost Parents $600 Per Kid

Families are paying a pretty penny to keep their children busy this summer. The average American family expects to dole out an average of $601 per child this summer, according to data released Wednesday by American Express, based on a random sample of 2,008 adults.

Amazon Works to Perfect the Art of the Daily Deal

The problem with most daily deal sites is that the bargains you're offered aren't necessarily the ones you want. That's where Amazon thinks it can gain an advantage, by leveraging its signature product recommendation technology.

5 Signs Google Is Selling You Out

Google built its empire on innovations that served consumers well, but it's building its future on serving those consumers, and their personal data, up to advertisers.

American Express, Twitter Team Up to Offer Daily Deals

American Express is making a bid to bring cardholders its own version of Groupon-like daily deal offers, joining forces with Twitter in an attempt to turn America into a "couponless nation." The program will undoubtedly offer good discounts -- but can it last in the long term?

Brokerage Credit Cards: Can One Boost Your Portfolio?

It's easy to understand the allure of brokerage credit cards. They're cash-back cards that route the the kickbacks into a brokerage account for capital appreciation. Free money creating more free money: What could possibly go wrong?

Best of the Financial Web: The Monitor Award Winners

Tens of millions of Americans take to the Web regularly to do our most important financial business. As we do, the company Corporate Insight is tracking which institutions are offering customers the best new online innovations. Here's what CI found:

AmEx Blue Cash: Don't Get It for Gas, Get it for Groceries

The best gas cards combine generous rebates and industry-standard interest rates. In our ongoing series examining the best and worst credit card offers out there, we ask: Does American Express' Blue Cash Preferred card measure up?

Should You Take That Retailer's Credit Card Deal?

Chances are you've been pitched a retail card more than once. Usually it goes something like this: "Will you be saving 10% using your [name of store] card today?" The hope is you'll find the prospect of a discount alluring enough to sign up. But should you?

I Love (to Shop for) You: Valentine's Spending to Rise

Chances are, you'll be more generous with your honey this Valentine's Day than last. Consumer spending on the holiday is expected to exceed last year's levels, according to surveys from the National Retail Federation and American Express.