Many consumers don’t do their research when it comes to credit cards, according to U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice. In its most recent survey of credit card holders, U.S. News found that nearly half of respondents didn’t research their card before signing up. Further, more than 50% of those surveyed don’t regularly shop around for better cards.
Small business lending remains constrained across the U.S. Loans outstanding in the first quarter of 2010 stood at $670 billion, substantially lower than the $710 billion level in 2008. The Federal Reserve, understanding that small businesses employ half of U.S. workers and generate an even larger percentage of job growth, has been looking into why banks aren’t lending to this crucial sector. Some analysts say businesses are being cautious and not seeking financing. Other analysts indicate that banks are being too conservative when lending to small businesses.