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Friday, April 18th 2014

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When She Makes More

Book explores female breadwinners

Author Farnoosh Torabi plumbs the emotional and financial complexities that pop up when women out-earn their male counterparts.

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Kelly DilworthChecking accounts: more transparent, but bigger fees
Kelly Dilworth | 4/18/2014

A new study shows that more banks are simplifying their account disclosures, but watch out for fee gouging ... See more

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Before declaring bankruptcy, talk to a nonprofit credit counseling agency. You may qualify for a debt management plan.

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Should you write "See ID" on your credit card?

One dubious anti-theft practice involves leaving your signature off of the back of your card and instead writing the words, "See ID," telling the cashier to check the card name against some form of identification.

It's a security myth that has many consumers fooled. While signing "see ID" might seem logical, MasterCard says it's really a way to derail your consumer rights by making sure they are never activated in the first place.

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Credit Card HelpThe difference in card companies

You may not think much about credit card companies, provided there are no problems. But how do they differ? We explain.

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Debt settlement involves paying a lump sum to settle a debt for less than the full amount. A Federal Trade Commission rule bars debt settlement companies from charging fees before obtaining results.

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