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How credit cards impact your credit score

How credit cards impact credit scores

When it comes to your credit score, credit cards have the power to help or hurt you. Here are the main ways you, your cards and your score intersect.

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Study: Rewards cards have taken over the market

Rewards cards increasingly dominate the credit card market, making up more than half the new accounts Americans have opened since 2012, a study by the American Bankers Association shows.

Transactions on reward cards rose almost 50 percent from the first quarter in 2007 to the same period in 2014, climbing from $580 billion to $1.15 trillion. Meanwhile, spending on nonrewards cards was down 32 percent, from $672 billion to $460 billion.

The study, released Sept. 30, 2014, is based on research performed by Argus Information & Advisory Services LLC, and looks at figures from the first quarter of 2007 to the first quarter of 2014.

Student loans up 84 percent

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Expert Q&A

Co-signing backfires,
ruins apartment lease


Erica Sandberg
A kindhearted man co-signs his sister-in-law's lease: She breaks her lease, ruins his credit and his ability to rent again ... See Expert Q&A

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Credit Card Help Choosing
a credit card

From under- standing your spending habits to studying the interest rate, here are six things you need to consider before choosing a card.

Credit card glossary terms

Credit card glossary

Medical identity theft is the theft or fraudulent use of personal information to obtain unauthorized medical goods and services.

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Fred O. WilliamsAvoid surprises
in card's
fine print

Fred O. Williams | 10/16/2014

Reading your card agreement is a good way to avoid unpleasant surprises later. Here are a few of the most important terms to look for -- or look out for ... See more

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Credit card tip of the day

Retailers have gimmicks to encourage you to buy more than you planned. For example, you may be tempted to buy an item and get a second "free," but actually, the price of the first is probably inflated.

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