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EMV and travel

EMV switch won't eliminate travel woes

As issuers roll out chip cards in the U.S., they're using chip-and-signature, rather than the chip-and-PIN standard used in other countries.

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How to secure data on your smartphone

Our cellphones make life incredibly convenient. You can use them to network, send money and check your account balances.

But these conveniences aren't without risk. Your phone may be lost, stolen or hacked – and along with it goes your financial and personal data.

To secure personal data on your smartphone, take these few simple steps.

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Expert Q&A

Negotiation is key for
defaulted student loan

Erica Sandberg
When a private student loan is in default, a lump-sum payment and proof of what you can afford to pay might bring it current ... See Expert Q&A

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Credit Card Help 10 facts
about credit

You may have heard of credit scores and credit history, but do you know why they are important? Here are 10 things you should know about all manner of credit.

Credit card glossary terms

Credit card glossary

A title loan requires borrowers to surrender the titles to their vehicles to lenders as collateral. Only people who own their vehicles outright with no outstanding liens are eligible for title loans.

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Test your money skills

Do you have the money skills to match up against the 15-year-olds of the world? Take this financial literacy test from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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'Taking Charge' blog

Sienna KossmanCard hacking
tops list of
crime concerns

Sienna Kossman | 10/29/2014

The majority of consumers are more afraid of falling victim to a retail data breach than getting burglarized, mugged or even murdered, according to a new Gallup survey ... See more

Would you avoid a store this holiday season because it experienced a data breach?


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See related: Poll: Nearly half of cardholders likely to avoid stores hit by data breaches

Credit card tip of the day

You can have a good credit score with just installment debt, such as car loans. But, if you want to get as close as possible to the top FICO score of 850, your best bet is to get a credit card as well.

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