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How becoming a widow affects credit -- Becoming suddenly single won't hurt credit if you have your own ... (See Widow)

New credit card has so-so terms? You have choices -- If the rate is too high or the credit limit too low, you have more options than just sitting and fuming ... (See Meh)

Rate survey: Average card APR holds steady at 15.19 percent -- Balance transfer and 0 percent purchase offers become less generous ... (See Rates)


 Bad credit, credit repair

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Rate survey: Average card APR holds steady at 15.19 percent -- Balance transfer and 0 percent purchase offers become less generous ... (See Rates)

Deceased father's accounts dragging down son's scores -- Knowing exactly how dad's accounts got on son's credit is first step ... (See Scores)

Card issuers can reduce your credit limit -- Banks monitor credit reports, and make adjustments if it sees signs of risk ... (See Limit)


 Balance transfer, debt consolidation

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Rate survey: Average card APR holds steady at 15.19 percent -- Balance transfer and 0 percent purchase offers become less generous ... (See Rates)

Deceased mom's debts take priority over inheritance -- After debts are paid, then what's left over can be disbursed among any heirs ... (See Heirs)

Survey: Average card APR inches up to 15.19 percent -- After sitting at 15.18% for nine weeks, a move by AmEx ratchets national average up ... (See Rates)


 Best credit cards

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Best student credit card: Fall 2016 -- Our panel of judges names the Discover it Chrome as the top student card for fall 2016 ... (See Our panel of judges names the Discover it Chrome as the top student card for fall 2016)

Best Credit Cards program list of judges -- View the list of panelists who help select the winning card for our monthly Best Credit Card program ... (See The list of judges for our Best Credit Card program)

Best balance transfer credit cards: Summer 2016 -- Our panel of judges names the Citi Simplicity Card as the top balance transfer card for summer 2016 ... (See The top balance transfer card for summer 2016)


 Breaking news

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Security concerns keep consumers away from mobile payments -- Older consumers site security concerns, privacy and lack of necessity as reason they don't use mobile payments ... (See Mobile payment concerns)

Survey: Card acceptance for tuition rises, but so do fees -- U.S. colleges and universities are more card-friendly, but fees for charging tuition are rising, according to a new CreditCards.com survey. ... (See Survey)

2016 Credit Card Tuition Payment Survey data -- Find out if the college you're attending will let you pay tuition with a credit card -- and at what cost ... (See Tuition card payment data)


 Business credit cards

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Rate survey: Average card APR holds steady at 15.19 percent -- Balance transfer and 0 percent purchase offers become less generous ... (See Rates)

Businesses must beware unauthorized card use -- Fraud liability, loss of ability to accept cards may follow if you don't follow merchant rules ... (See Unauthorized)

Survey: Average card APR inches up to 15.19 percent -- After sitting at 15.18% for nine weeks, a move by AmEx ratchets national average up ... (See Rates)


 Cash back cards

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Rate survey: Average card APR holds steady at 15.19 percent -- Balance transfer and 0 percent purchase offers become less generous ... (See Rates)

Survey: Average card APR inches up to 15.19 percent -- After sitting at 15.18% for nine weeks, a move by AmEx ratchets national average up ... (See Rates)

Survey: Average card APR holds tight at 15.18 percent for ninth week -- August 10, 2016: The average APR on new credit card offers remained locked in place this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See APR)


 Cashing In Q&A columns

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To manage money during travel, carry a mix of cards, cash -- A balanced approach gives you the most payment options ... (See Travel)

Not all travel qualifies for rewards bonus points -- Check your card's terms to see how it defines "travel" ... (See Travel points)

Purging seldom-used reward cards -- If you have cards you rarely use, consider canceling them for peace of mind ... (See Gas rewards)


 Credit account management

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New credit card has so-so terms? You have choices -- If the rate is too high or the credit limit too low, you have more options than just sitting and fuming ... (See Meh)

How becoming a widow affects credit -- Becoming suddenly single won't hurt credit if you have your own ... (See Widow)

Deceased father's accounts dragging down son's scores -- Knowing exactly how dad's accounts got on son's credit is first step ... (See Scores)


 Credit Card Help

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Credit Card Help: 9 things you need to know about prepaid cards -- Thinking about picking up a reloadable prepaid card? Here’s what you should know first ... (See Prepaid cards)

10 tips for dealing with debt collectors, collection -- First, pull your head out of the sand. Next, educate yourself on your rights and on who to reach out to for help or to register a complaint ... (See Debt collection tips)

Credit Card Help: Why your credit report matters more than your credit score -- Focusing only your credit score is like focusing only on your cholesterol number or your age – the number’s important, but not as important as how you got there. That’s why the real key to credit is your credit report ... (See Credit reports versus scores)


 Credit card videos

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Video: How payment history affects your credit score -- Financial mistakes can haunt you and your FICO score ... (See Payment history)

Video: Building credit as a new US resident -- Here are five tips for building credit from scratch ... (See Build)

Video: Credit pitfalls for stay-at-home parents -- Stay-at-home parents can tank their credit by making these common mistakes ... (See Parents)


 Credit scores, credit reports

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New credit card has so-so terms? You have choices -- If the rate is too high or the credit limit too low, you have more options than just sitting and fuming ... (See Meh)

How becoming a widow affects credit -- Becoming suddenly single won't hurt credit if you have your own ... (See Widow)

Deceased father's accounts dragging down son's scores -- Knowing exactly how dad's accounts got on son's credit is first step ... (See Scores)


 Credit Smart

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Card issuers can reduce your credit limit -- Banks monitor credit reports, and make adjustments if it sees signs of risk ... (See Limit)

Pay medical bill before debt goes into collections -- Complex medical billing makes it common for debts to slip past due ... (See Medical debt)

When medical bills lead to deep debt, tough choices follow -- Cut your costs, get credit counseling and accept that bankruptcy may be in your future ... (See Medical debt)


 Emerging payment systems: Prepaid, debit, gift cards

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Security concerns keep consumers away from mobile payments -- Older consumers site security concerns, privacy and lack of necessity as reason they don't use mobile payments ... (See Mobile payment concerns)

Survey: Card acceptance for tuition rises, but so do fees -- U.S. colleges and universities are more card-friendly, but fees for charging tuition are rising, according to a new CreditCards.com survey. ... (See Survey)

To manage money during travel, carry a mix of cards, cash -- A balanced approach gives you the most payment options ... (See Travel)


 Expert Q&A

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How becoming a widow affects credit -- Becoming suddenly single won't hurt credit if you have your own ... (See Widow)

Deceased father's accounts dragging down son's scores -- Knowing exactly how dad's accounts got on son's credit is first step ... (See Scores)

To manage money during travel, carry a mix of cards, cash -- A balanced approach gives you the most payment options ... (See Travel)


 Frequent flier programs, airline rewards

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Rate survey: Average card APR holds steady at 15.19 percent -- Balance transfer and 0 percent purchase offers become less generous ... (See Rates)

To manage money during travel, carry a mix of cards, cash -- A balanced approach gives you the most payment options ... (See Travel)

Compare elite credit cards -- Table summarizes the high-cost, high-reward cards ... (See Compare elite rewards)


 Infographics

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Security concerns keep consumers away from mobile payments -- Older consumers site security concerns, privacy and lack of necessity as reason they don't use mobile payments ... (See Mobile payment concerns)

Satisfaction rises for most cardholders -- Discover comes out on top in J.D. Power's annual satisfaction survey ... (See Satisfaction)

We'll reach chip card saturation in 2020 -- Mercator Advisory Group forecasts that EMV chip card penetration will hit 95 percent by 2017, and 100 percent three years later ... (See Chip card saturation)


 Innovations, features, new products

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New credit card has so-so terms? You have choices -- If the rate is too high or the credit limit too low, you have more options than just sitting and fuming ... (See Meh)

Security concerns keep consumers away from mobile payments -- Older consumers site security concerns, privacy and lack of necessity as reason they don't use mobile payments ... (See Mobile payment concerns)

We'll reach chip card saturation in 2020 -- Mercator Advisory Group forecasts that EMV chip card penetration will hit 95 percent by 2017, and 100 percent three years later ... (See Chip card saturation)


 Legal, regulatory, privacy issues

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Deceased father's accounts dragging down son's scores -- Knowing exactly how dad's accounts got on son's credit is first step ... (See Scores)

Businesses must beware unauthorized card use -- Fraud liability, loss of ability to accept cards may follow if you don't follow merchant rules ... (See Unauthorized)

Deceased mom's debts take priority over inheritance -- After debts are paid, then what's left over can be disbursed among any heirs ... (See Heirs)


 Low interest, zero percent cards

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Rate survey: Average card APR holds steady at 15.19 percent -- Balance transfer and 0 percent purchase offers become less generous ... (See Rates)

Survey: Average card APR inches up to 15.19 percent -- After sitting at 15.18% for nine weeks, a move by AmEx ratchets national average up ... (See Rates)

Is secured card best for rebuilding credit post-bankruptcy? -- If your score is high enough, you may qualify for a regular, unsecured card ... (See Credit)


 Opening Credits

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Deceased father's accounts dragging down son's scores -- Knowing exactly how dad's accounts got on son's credit is first step ... (See Scores)

Is secured card best for rebuilding credit post-bankruptcy? -- If your score is high enough, you may qualify for a regular, unsecured card ... (See Credit)

Card options expand when bankruptcy falls off credit report -- At last, 10 years have passed since bankruptcy. Which card should you try for? We'll help you come up with a plan ... (See Post-bankruptcy)


 Research, statistics

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Rate survey: Average card APR holds steady at 15.19 percent -- Balance transfer and 0 percent purchase offers become less generous ... (See Rates)

Security concerns keep consumers away from mobile payments -- Older consumers site security concerns, privacy and lack of necessity as reason they don't use mobile payments ... (See Mobile payment concerns)

Survey: Card acceptance for tuition rises, but so do fees -- U.S. colleges and universities are more card-friendly, but fees for charging tuition are rising, according to a new CreditCards.com survey. ... (See Survey)


 Reward programs

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New credit card has so-so terms? You have choices -- If the rate is too high or the credit limit too low, you have more options than just sitting and fuming ... (See Meh)

Rate survey: Average card APR holds steady at 15.19 percent -- Balance transfer and 0 percent purchase offers become less generous ... (See Rates)

Survey: Card acceptance for tuition rises, but so do fees -- U.S. colleges and universities are more card-friendly, but fees for charging tuition are rising, according to a new CreditCards.com survey. ... (See Survey)


 Shopping

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Security concerns keep consumers away from mobile payments -- Older consumers site security concerns, privacy and lack of necessity as reason they don't use mobile payments ... (See Mobile payment concerns)

To manage money during travel, carry a mix of cards, cash -- A balanced approach gives you the most payment options ... (See Travel)

Compare elite credit cards -- Table summarizes the high-cost, high-reward cards ... (See Compare elite rewards)


 Speaking of Credit

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How becoming a widow affects credit -- Becoming suddenly single won't hurt credit if you have your own ... (See Widow)

How preapproved offers affect credit -- You don't have a lot to worry about, but there are exceptions ... (See Preapprove)

How delinquent child support affects credit scores -- States vary in how they report it, so impact varies, too ... (See Scores)


 Spotlight: People and their plastic

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'Coined' author Kabir Sehgal: Credit cards make money abstract -- Kabir Sehgal talks about the history of money and credit, and its relationship to humankind in his new book "Coined, The Rich Life of Money and How Its History Has Shaped Us" ... (See Kabir Sehgal Q&A)

Author argues have-nots better served by postal banking -- In "How the Other Half Banks," law professor Mehrsa Baradaran says the best bank for the poor already has branches, and blue boxes, everywhere ... (See Postal banking)

Money advice from famous TV dads -- Sheriff Andy Taylor, Ben Cartwright, Louis Huang and even Homer Simpson can give financial lessons ... (See Money advice from TV dads)


 Student credit cards, young credit

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Survey: Card acceptance for tuition rises, but so do fees -- U.S. colleges and universities are more card-friendly, but fees for charging tuition are rising, according to a new CreditCards.com survey. ... (See Survey)

2016 Credit Card Tuition Payment Survey data -- Find out if the college you're attending will let you pay tuition with a credit card -- and at what cost ... (See Tuition card payment data)

Best student credit card: Fall 2016 -- Our panel of judges names the Discover it Chrome as the top student card for fall 2016 ... (See Our panel of judges names the Discover it Chrome as the top student card for fall 2016)


 To Her Credit

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Deceased mom's debts take priority over inheritance -- After debts are paid, then what's left over can be disbursed among any heirs ... (See Heirs)

Teen falsifies birth date, gets card, charges $500 -- Her mom will pay off debt, but asks if her teen will come under fire from the issuer ... (See Teens)

Stop soon-to-be ex from sticking you with joint debt -- Take steps now to protect your finances before you get in front of a judge ... (See Divorce)


 Your Business Credit

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Businesses must beware unauthorized card use -- Fraud liability, loss of ability to accept cards may follow if you don't follow merchant rules ... (See Unauthorized)

Keep medical debt from being reported to credit bureaus -- Prevent the credit score damage before it happens ... (See Lucky break)

Don't try to fix and flip houses with 0-percent cards -- Risky investments require cash reserves, not plastic ... (See Flipping)


Uncategorized

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Wells Fargo Cash Back Visa Card Review -- Description here - maximum 160 characters ... (more)

0 percent credit cards: a sweet deal if played right -- A credit card with an introductory 0 percent APR is one of the best deals in personal finance. It's also one of the most important ... (more)

Tips for choosing a business card -- One of the primary benefits of a business card is to separate your personal finances from your business account. This helps limit your personal risk ... (more)