How a Virtual Credit or Debit Card Can Help?

I am a bit paranoid about using credit cards online. Therefore, I prefer to use wallets (such as PayTM) or UPI on new sites or the sites I do not trust much. A problem with this approach is that you cannot use wallets or UPI on international websites. In addition, there are a few minor… Continue Reading

Instant Discount or No-Cost EMI: Which Is Better?

If you shop regularly from Flipkart or Amazon website/apps, you must already be aware of the instant discount and No-cost EMI offers. These e-tailers run such promotions regularly to attract buyers. In case of an instant discount, if you use a specific credit card or debit card for payment, you get an upfront discount. Suppose… Continue Reading

RBI Enhances the Security of Credit and Debt Cards

My current credit card expired recently and I was issued a fresh card by the bank. An interesting thing about the new card was the it permitted contactless transactions. Call me paranoid but I was not very comfortable with the contactless feature. I asked the bank to switch off the feature but the bank declined.… Continue Reading

Reducing the Impact of a Credit Card Fraud

Online frauds are on the rise. Almost on a weekly basis, I hear new ways of customers being duped of their hard-earned money. Of late, the UPI frauds have been on the rise, where the fraudsters call/text you on one pretext or the other. You eventually end up installing malicious software on your phone or… Continue Reading

Converting Credit Card Outstanding into EMIs

Recently, I got a promotional email from a bank to convert credit card outstanding to EMIs. The EMI amount will be added to the credit card statement every month. I have discussed such deal structures in much greater detail in an earlier post. However, there have been a few interesting developments in the payments space that such… Continue Reading