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Sign your credit card, don't write 'See ID'

Sign your credit card, don't write 'See ID'

If your fraud-protection strategy is to not sign your cards and write "See ID" instead, your game plan is both ineffective and outdated.

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Negotiating a lower credit card interest rate

If your credit card has a high interest rate, you may be able to do something about it -- with a little luck and a few simple negotiating skills.

According to a CreditCards.com poll, most people don't ask for a lower interest rate.

But among those who do, two out of three scored a lower APR. In the video below, reporter Kristin Wong shows how it's done.

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Expert Q&A

Hubby ran up debt in
your name? It's fraud


Sally Herigstad
After her husband racked up thousands on cards he opened in her name, her first step is reporting his fraud ... See Expert Q&A

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Credit Card Help

Credit Card Help The 5 scoring
components
of FICO

Most lenders use the FICO scoring model to assess if you qualify for good lending terms. Here are the five parts of your credit that FICO looks at to create your credit score.

Credit card glossary terms

Credit card glossary

A skip tracer is a debt collection worker who uses publicly available records, commercial databases and telephone research to determine the locations of debtors who have changed their addresses.

Credit card quiz

Test your credit
timing savvy

When it comes to credit, time is on your side -- and it can be your worst enemy. How finely tuned is your credit clock?

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'Taking Charge' blog

Kelly DilworthAre American
Express cards
losing luster?

Kelly Dilworth | 3/27/2015

I've been thinking about applying for my first American Express card. But with the bad press the card issuer has been getting, I wonder: Are American Express cards as valuable as they used to be? ... See more

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Credit card tip of the day

While you are new to credit, allow your accounts to age before applying for new cards. Fifteen percent of your FICO score is based on the age of your credit.

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