Marriott Rewards Premier joins the credit card bonus war with 100,000-point offer

Marriott Rewards Premier joins the credit card bonus war with 100,000-point offer It’s a top-of-the-wallet showdown. With its new 100,000-point introductory offer, the Marriott Rewards Premier card from Chase now offers the best sign-up bonus available for a premium hotel rewards card. That’s the same bonus the Hilton Honors Surpass from American Express just started…

Refinance mortgage rate ticks higher for Thursday

bbernard/Shutterstock Refinance rates were mixed, but one key rate ticked up. The average for a 30-year fixed-rate refinance trended upward, but the average rate on a 15-year fixed were flat. The average rate on 10-year fixed refis, meanwhile, sunk lower. Compare refinancing rates in your area now. 30-year fixed refinance The average 30-year fixed-refinance rate…

Mortgage rates don’t move for Thursday

wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock.com Multiple benchmark mortgage rates held firm today. The average rates on 30-year fixed and 15-year fixed mortgages held steady. Meanwhile, the average rate on 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgages slid lower. Mortgage rates are constantly changing, but they have remained in a historically low range for quite some time. If you’re in the market for a…

Credit bureaus tighten reporting rules: Who wins, who loses?

Gary Houlder/Getty Images Consumers saddled with unpaid taxes, doctor bills and judgments will soon be protected from credit score damage. Key pieces of the three major credit bureaus’ joint National Consumer Assistance Plan are set to take hold this year, including those that affect the reporting of tax liens, civil judgments, medical debts and authorized…

Grab a 100,000-point bonus with Hilton Honors Surpass

Diane Macdonald/Getty Images The Hilton Honors Surpass from American Express is looking to top itself. The card recently brought back its sign-up bonus of 100,000 points — matching its biggest previous offer — and sweetened the pot with an additional free weekend night reward certificate on the first anniversary of card membership. What can you…

Refinance rates fall for Tuesday

bbernard/Shutterstock Multiple closely watched refinance rates trended down today. Nationwide averages for 30-year fixed and 15-year fixed refinances both slid down. The average rate on 10-year fixed refis, meanwhile, also declined. Refinancing rates change daily, but they continue to represent a bargain compared to rates before the Great Recession. If you’re in the market to…

Mortgage rates dip for Monday

Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com Several key mortgage rates decreased today. The average rates on 30-year fixed and 15-year fixed mortgages both receded. Meanwhile, the average rate on 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgages also declined. Mortgage rates are constantly changing, but they remain much lower overall than they were before the Great Recession. If you’re in the market for…

Frequent diners: New Capital One credit card pays 3%

andresr/Getty Images Foodies get your forks ready. Capital One just launched its Premier Dining Rewards card, which earns an unlimited 3 percent back on dining, 2 percent back on groceries and 1 percent on all other purchases. This is the highest unlimited cash-back dining reward currently available. Other card highlights include: No annual fee. A…

Consumers misled about value of some credit scores, feds say

Tassii/Getty Images The credit scores the big credit bureaus try to sell you typically aren’t the same scores used in lending decisions, despite what those companies might imply. This is the key takeaway from news the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has yet again fined a credit reporting agency for deceiving consumers about the value of…

Mortgage rates drop for Friday

Yuganov Konstantin/Shutterstock.com Multiple closely watched mortgage rates fell today. The average rates on 30-year fixed and 15-year fixed mortgages both decreased. The average rate on 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgages, or ARMs, the most popular type of variable rate mortgage, also receded. Rates for mortgages are in a constant state of flux, but they continue to represent…

Refinance rates slide for Thursday

bbernard/Shutterstock Several key refinance rates decreased today. Nationwide averages for 30-year fixed and 15-year fixed refinances both ticked downwards. Meanwhile, the average rate on 10-year fixed refis also trended down. Compare refinancing rates in your area now. 30-year fixed refinance The average 30-year fixed-refinance rate is 4.01 percent, down 13 basis points since the same…

Mortgage rates dip for Thursday

wavebreakmedia/Shuttestock.com Multiple closely watched mortgage rates trended down today. The average rates on 30-year fixed and 15-year fixed mortgages both decreased. On the variable-mortgage side, the average rate on 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgages also fell. Rates for mortgages are constantly changing, but they have remained in a historically low range for quite some time. If you’re…