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How finance companies differ from credit cards, banks

Consumer finance companies offer an alternative way to pay for big-ticket items. But look before you leap.

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How to use mobile gift cards

Mobile gift cards can slim down your wallet. They make great last-minute gifts, too. Here are some tips for how to use them.

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Expert Q&A

How dissolving debt
post-divorce can be dicey

Sally Herigstad
It's difficult to completely break from an ex-spouse as long as you still own joint debt ... See Expert Q&A

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The 5 parts of FICO's
credit scoring model

FICO reigns supreme in the U.S. Lenders more often turn to that scoring model than any other when deciding if your credit is worthy. But do you know what components make up a great FICO score? We break it down for you.

Credit card glossary terms

An inactive account is a bank account with infrequent or no use. In the case of credit cards, if no activity is recorded for the account, some card issuers will close the account and revoke charging privileges. An inactive account is also called a dormant account.

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Are you smarter than the
world's teens about money?

See how you stack up against the world's teens when it comes to finances by taking this quiz developed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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'Taking Charge' blog

Kelly Dilworth My secret spending splurge: Do I tell my husband?

Kelly Dilworth | 5/29/2015

To me, spending more than $50 without mentioning it feels like financial subterfuge. But according to one poll, many people think I could spend a whole lot more before being obligated to confess ... See more

Have you been contacted by your card issuer about possible fraud, but it was a false alarm about a legitimate charge?


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Credit card tip of the day

Despite popular advice from some, it is rarely a good idea to close card accounts when you pay off the balance. The more available credit you have compared to balances, the better your credit score will be.

Updated: 05-30-2015