Graduating Secured Credit Cards to Full Featured Products

In Mercator Advisory Group’s research on secured cards, we noted how the market changed since the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 (CARD Act) eliminated a series of unfair practices. Before the regulation, the market was filled with hard money lenders who took advantage of borrowers with sky-high interest rates and even worse junk fees. Things like application fees, activation fees, and risk fees tainted the product. The CARD Act cleaned up the business, and now top lenders, from Bank of America, Chase, Discover, and US Bank, offer worthwhile cards, with interest rates ranging from 11.65% to 24.99%, and reasonable, in-range fees.  Mastercard and Visa also came out with more rigorous standards for their franchisees. We peg the U.S. market at almost 5 million cards today, with the potential to embrace 500 percent more, given the number of low-banked, underbanked, and unbanked in the market. Working in credit for decades often brings friends and acquaintances with questions about “what is the best card for me to get?” Many times my answer is something along the lines of a Chase Freedom card, which I like because it carries an excellent reward st...

Michigan Featured in Depression Era Glass Exhibit in Dearborn

DEARBORN. MICH (WXYZ) — Popular Michigan tourist destinations and iconic Michigan products will be featured in a nostalgic display presented by the Michigan Depression Glass Society (MDGS) at their 47th annual show and sale, taking place Nov. 2-3 at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn. A dozen Michigan cities including Romeo, East Lansing, Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, Traverse City, Holland, Benzonia and Detroit, and upper peninsula towns of Paradise and Christmas, will be spotlighted in the “Michigan Road Trip” vintage glass exhibit. Long-time products associated with Michigan such as Jiffy Mix, Kellogg’s, Vernor’s, Sander’s, Better Made and more will be honored as the display will feature Depression Era kitchen baking items, a period breakfast table, soda fountain glass, candy jars and chip-and-dip snack servers. The MDGS Show and Sale takes place Saturday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 15801 Michigan Ave. (US12) at Greenfield Rd.; $5 donation at the door and parking is free. Strollers are not permitted for safety reasons. Visit http://www.michigandepressionglass.com/ for...

Store: Grab These ‘Shark Tank’ Featured Items At A Steep Discount

“Shark Tank” is one of America’s favorite reality TV shows. It brings out many viewers’ inner entrepreneur and has 10 successful seasons under its belt (with an 11th on the horizon). Not every “Shark Tank” pitch ends with a deal, but the innovative products that enterprising contestants create are something to remember. Regardless of whether you’re a fan of the show, these markdowns on creations that almost snagged a deal — and a few that survived the tank with offers from the Sharks — are worth browsing. If you want more of our editor-sourced products and reviews, sign up for HuffPost’s sales and deals newsletter. The inventor of these earplugs turned down a $100,000 offer from super-Shark Kevin O’Leary, but it didn’t hurt his business at all. Vibes hit more than $2 million in sales in 2017, and its product continues to grow in popularity. These discreet earplugs do more than just muffle sound: They actually enhance sound clarity for more balanced listening. You’ll still hear every note at a live concert, but the Vibes will protect your ears from noise-induced hearing loss. They’re also washable and reusable, making them a great bang for the buck. Normally $27, they’re on sale ...

JLG Industries, a leading global manufacturer of mobile elevating work platforms and telehandlers, will be featured

JLG Industries, a leading global manufacturer of mobile elevating work platforms and telehandlers, will be featured on a segment of “Inside the Blueprint” on Father’s Day, June 16, at 4:30 p.m. EST on Fox Business. Following its debut airing, the show can be viewed on JLG’s YouTube channel or through syndication across more than 150 U.S. television channels. According to the show’s website, the latest “Inside the Blueprint” series is examining four crucial steps related to cutting-edge products and services in commercial construction: The Inspiration, the Idea, the Process and the Impact. JLG’s segment will feature numerous products and staff members, including interviews with Frank Nerenhausen, JLG president; Guru Bandekar, global vice president of product management and development; and Rick Smith, senior director of global product training. “It’s very timely and appropriate that JLG is being featured on Father’s Day, as we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the company, which was founded by the father of the access industry, John L. Grove,” said Jennifer Stiansen, JLG director of marketing. “Inspired by providing a safer way to work at height, o...