Banking in Canada can be a murky subject – one that we hope to shed some light on with a series of highly informational articles.
If you’ve ever had to shop for “that” person in your life — the one who already has everything — you know that gift cards can be a lifesaver. They’ve been around for almost 26 years, growing into an essential part of any retail business. More recently, prepaid gift cards branded with pa.... More »
When the COVID-19 pandemic swept across North America in early 2020, it created a wave of income loss that impacted people from all walks of life. While some individuals have been hit harder than others, it’s difficult to find a group or industry that hasn’t been affected. A small segment of the.... More »
Credit card fraud comes in various forms and can cause a lot of damage to both your balance and your credit score. Often thieves only get away with a few hundred dollars, but sometimes they can manage to steal thousands. And when they do, it can take hours of hard work and communication to unravel .... More »
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Canadian Credit Card Companies Are Offering Relief to Customers Affected by COVID-19 + MORE Mar 24th
Early last week, the government announced a myriad of relief efforts, including immediate plans to extend the 2019 tax deadline for individuals to June 1, 2020. Following suit, major cities, including Toronto, granted extensions to grace periods for utility bill payments and launched measures for f.... More »
According to the most recent census, two out of three (66%) Canadians live within 100 kilometres of the U.S. border. So, naturally millions of citizens cross over to the 13 neighbouring states every month. Many snowbirds even choose to stay for part of the year. But, with the value of the loonie significantly lower than the greenback, Canadians see less bang for their buck.
To add further salt to their wounds, credit card companies typically charge a fee anywhere from 2.5% to 3% on foreign transactions. That means, even after exchange rates, cardholders will pay another $25 to $30 in fees for every C$1,000 in purchases. This predicament may lead some to wonder whether it’s worth getting a U.S. dollar credit card.
How Do U.S. Dollar Credit Cards Work?
U.S. dollar credit cards are available in Canada and allow consumers to shop without exchange rate surprises and even pay U.S. bills. Unlike a standard credit card, all purchases are in U.S. currency rather than Canadian dollars, meaning no conversion takes place…