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New ‘Credit Card Popularity’ Tool Offered by WOW! Credit Cards.com Helps Consumers Choose the Best Offers

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008 | Financial Press Release

A unique new tool offered by WOW! Credit Card.com allows visitors to evaluate credit cards and assists them in the decision-making process. The 'Credit Card Popularity Tracker' displays 'popularity scores' next to every offer based upon click-thru data from other visitors.

(PRWEB) May 13, 2008 -- WOW! Credit Cards.com is pleased to announce the introduction of the 'Credit Card Popularity Tracker' - an innovative new tool designed to help consumers evaluate and compare credit cards. The Credit Card Popularity Tracker allows visitors to determine which credit cards are the most popular by using click-based 'credit card popularity scores', which are displayed next to every credit card offer on WOW! Credit Cards.com (see image below). By accessing data provided by previous customers, the tool allows visitors to determine the most popular credit cards based upon prior user behavior and preferences - giving them confidence in their decision-making ability and making it easier for them to choose the best credit card offers.

Credit Card Popularity Tracker
Credit Card Popularity Tracker

A team of developers created the 'Credit Card Popularity Tracker' earlier this year, which tracks clicks to every credit card on WOW! Credit Cards.com. When a visitor is interested in an offer and clicks on the associated credit card application, the click-thru data is stored and used to calculate the credit card's popularity score, which is displayed in 'real-time' throughout the site. Although the Popularity Tracker does not account for completed or approved applications, it does allow visitors to see which credit card offers received the most interest based upon click-thrus.

"No other website provides such a unique and innovative way to evaluate credit cards," said Noreen Ruth, President and CEO of WOW! Credit Cards.com. "With hundreds of credit cards to choose from, consumers can easily get overwhelmed when trying to choose an offer. Our Credit Card Popularity Tracker can assist in the process and allows visitors to base part of their decision on the behavior of other customers."

WOW! Credit Cards.com is a top online resource for credit cards and credit-related information. Developed in 2005, the site offers a wide range of helpful tools including calculators, articles and credit card comparison charts. WOW! Credit Cards.com provides online credit card applications from a variety of credit card issuers and features: low APR, 0% interest and reward credit cards such as cash back, airline miles and gasoline rebates. The site also includes credit cards for businesses, students and consumers with bad credit.

Coming Soon: Credit card reviews, in-depth analysis and customer feedback on hundreds of different credit card offers.

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Americas Watchdog Offering Free Advice For Auction Rate Securities Victims As Way To Cut Through The Wall Street Propaganda on ARPS & ARS

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008 | Financial Press Release

Americas Watchdog is offering to help all victims of the auction rate securities scandal. The group has termed the auction rate securities debacle, "the single worst case of fraud in US history". In the auction rate securities scandal, over 100,000 US citizens were told by their name brand US bank, a high profile Wall Street stock brokerage firm, or a financial institution that there was no risk in something called an auction rate security, they were liquid, they were just like cash, there was no risk". In this case its $320 billion dollars. This represents the life savings of most victims. Victims can call Americas Watchdog anytime at 866-714-6466 or visit their web site at http://ARSWatcchdog.

(PRWEB) May 14, 2008 -- Americas Watchdog is offering to help all victims of the auction rate securities scandal for free? Why is this a scandal? Over 100,000 US citizens were told by their name brand US bank, a high profile Wall Street stock brokerage firm, or a financial institution that individual investors should cash in their CD's or money market accounts, because there was no risk in something called an auction rate securities. The victims were also told auction rate preferred shares, or auction rate shares investments were safe, they were liquid, etc. On February 14th 2008, the auctions failed, and now over 100,000 US investors are wondering if they will ever see their money again. According to Americas Watchdog, "this is the single worst case of fraud in US history. We want to hear from every victim at 866-714-6466" so we can try to help them with honesty".

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So Who Is The Typical Auction Rate Securities Victim:( in auction rate preferred shares or auction rate shares)? The typical victims are as follow:

  • Working class men, women or couples who were conned into putting their life savings into somethings called a auction rate preferred shares (ARPS), or auction rate shares (ARS) by their local banker, stock broker or financial adviser.
  • Retired people were lied to, and moved their money out of CD's into auction rate securities because their banker or stock broker lied to them about the risk factors and liquidity.
  • Small business people were conned into putting their companies operating capital into auction rate securities as a way to get a better interest rate, because a APRS or ARS was just like cash (A huge lie).
  • Individuals about to buy a home were conned into auction rate securities by US bankers, main street stock brokers and investment bankers. Now these same individuals have in many cases lost their damage deposits, or have been harmed in other ways.
  • Individuals who did not trust the current US stock market were told by the stock broker or bank, "auction rate securities are just like cash & there is no risk". According to Americas Watchdog, "it was a lie."

Important note: Americas Watchdog has talked to hundreds of auction rate securities victims who think the banker, stock broker or investment banker who sold them the bill of goods is a "nice man or woman". According to Americas Watchdog, "if they were so nice, they should have never sold something as toxic and risky as an auction rate security to anyone. We think they sold the ARPS & ARS because they received a higher commission for doing so. Never mind the fact for many it was their life savings; they made more money so they did not care".

So what should any individual involved in the auction rate preferred shares (ARPS) or auction rate shares (ARS) scandal do?

  • According to Americas Watchdog, "we want every victim to call us because they need to start making smart choices to protect themselves, and we want to tell them everything we know".
  • Americas Watchdog & their Auction Rate Securities Complaint Center is recommending that most auction rate shares or auction rate preferred shares victims talk with an arbitration law firm that has a specialty in securities law. The group can makes some very good suggestions.

Extra Important Note: Some personal injury type law firms with no securities experience are now creating web sites that say they can help victims with a class action. If a consumer who was defrauded with auction rate securities (ARPS or ARS) wants to know who to call, Americas Watchdog can make some good recommendations. Any auction rate securities victim can call Americas Watchdog anytime at 866-714-6466.

  • Americas Watchdog will try to explain the secondary market to every consumer who has a auction rate security. The secondary market is a place that has been created to buy investors out of the ARPS or ARS investment. While the secondary market will involve a discounted sales price, a good portion of the discount could be made up in the arbitration process. The ARS Watchdog web site is located at Http://ARSWatchdog.Com
  • Another reason Americas Watchdog wants to hear from every consumer is because of so much disinformation about a miracle fix for the auction rate securities disaster. Disinformation includes, a magic fix by the tooth fairy, the SEC, state regulatory agencies, or even all of the banks stock brokers or financial institutions giving people back all their money. Many consumers are being told, "your uninsured student loans are fine". Americas Watchdog calls it, "another lie". "This is why we want victims to call Americas Watchdog as an honest national resource in this incredibly bad situation". The groups number is 866-714-6466.

Americas Watchdog has been at the forefront of trying its best to assist all victims of the auction rate securities disaster. The group intends to continue all of its investigation and its efforts to assist all victims. Anyone who purchased an auction rate shares or an auction rate preferred share should call Americas Watchdog at 866-714-6466 or visit their web site at Http://ARSWatchdog.Com

Americas Watchdog and its ARS Watchdog are all about protecting consumers in what will turn out to be the single worst case of fraud in US history.

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Increased Demand For Traded Endowment Policies Broadens Range Of Companies Being Used

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008 | Financial Press Release

Last month, online trading platform FreeTrawl.com saw offers being made on policies from over 40 different Life Funds. In the past this would have been unusual behaviour but as more and more people are investing in endowment policies and selling endowments, this is becoming common practice.

Blackwater, UK (PRWEB) May 14, 2008 -- Last month, online trading platform FreeTrawl.com saw offers being made on policies from over 40 different Life Funds. In the past this would have been unusual behaviour but as more and more people are investing in endowment policies and selling endowments, this is becoming common practice. The increase in demand amongst those buying policies means that people are now using in a wider range of Life Companies than they were before.

Traditionally, people are used to seeing traded endowment policies being bought from the big players such as Norwich Union, Prudential and Standard Life. However, the recent changes in the market have seen the likes of the Life Association of Scotland, National Farmers Mutual and Eagle Star now receiving offers for policies. This is great news for the smaller and less known companies because previously they have had low investment demand.

Jo Bridger, head of marketing at FreeTrawl.com has said, "With the majority of traded policies going into large funds, there is both increased demand and a need for diversification. The funds are achieving this by including the smaller and weaker life funds amongst their portfolios."

There has been plenty of speculation and research into why the demand for endowment policies has continued to increase recently. One of the possibilities is the fact that investors in continental Europe have a strong desire to seek out low risk investments that can provide capital growth. They are particularly drawn to the UK which has a strong with -- profits sector and traded endowment policy growth opportunities.

The rise in the number of people buying and selling endowments has finally given smaller companies the chance they need to be seen and heard in a competitive market. Under normal circumstances this would be virtually impossible as people tend to stick to companies they have heard of because they feel safer investing their money in them.

This is also a step forward for those who are looking into selling endowments as the market is so good at the moment. Jo Bridger has said, "This is great news for policy holders who need to sell their endowments and now is a good time for advisers to talk to their clients about selling." It is even possible for advisers to get a range of quotes from endowment buyers and trade policies or free at IFA trading platform www.freetrawl.com.

FreeTrawl.com was established in 2000 and has since gone on to become the leading IFA trading platform for traded endowment policies. Their parent company is PolicyPlus International Plc which has also enjoyed much success. The company is a leading market maker, Queen's Award Winner and is widely recognised throughout the industry.

For further information regarding FreeTrawl.com, traded endowment policies and selling endowments contact Head of Marketing, Jo Bridger on 01225 473117 or visit http://www.freetrawl.com.

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