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6 steps to using credit cards to manage caregiving costs -- When it comes to managing caregiving costs for a loved one among family members, credit cards can help, but only if everyone plays by the rules ... (See Caregiver)

How early payment can result in late fees -- Leaving town? Paying your card bill early can backfire if you miss making the minimum payment by the due date, leaving you with late fees and penalty rates ... (See Early payment, late fee)

Credit card interest rates rise to 15.09 percent -- Oct. 29, 2014: Average rates on new card offers rose slightly Wednesday, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)


Bad credit, credit repair Bad credit, credit repair
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Credit card interest rates rise to 15.09 percent -- Oct. 29, 2014: Average rates on new card offers rose slightly Wednesday, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Negotiation is key for defaulted student loan -- When a private student loan is in default, bringing the loan current may require a lump-sum payment as well as written proof of what you can afford to pay ... (See Default)

How a DUI can tank your credit -- While a conviction for driving under the influence won't show up directly on your credit report, the financial ramifications that follow a conviction can really flush your score ... (See DUI)


Balance transfer, debt consolidation Balance transfer, debt consolidation
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Credit card interest rates rise to 15.09 percent -- Oct. 29, 2014: Average rates on new card offers rose slightly Wednesday, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Balance transfer impact on your credit score -- Moving a high-interest card balance to a lower-interest card you already have shouldn't hurt your score, but there are other issues to consider ... (See Balance transfer)

Credit card interest rates linger at 15.07 percent -- Oct. 22, 2014: Average rates on new card offers stayed at 15.07 percent this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rates Report, Oct. 22, 2014)


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Fed ends special stimulus for economy -- The Federal Reserve announced the end of its bond-buying program, but signaled that it will keep its main lever on interest rates at near-zero levels ... (more)

Credit card interest rates linger at 15.07 percent -- Oct. 22, 2014: Average rates on new card offers stayed at 15.07 percent this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rates Report, Oct. 22, 2014)

Study: Rewards cards have taken over the market -- Rewards cards increasingly dominate the credit card market, a study by the American Bankers Association shows ... (See Rewards cards)


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Credit card interest rates rise to 15.09 percent -- Oct. 29, 2014: Average rates on new card offers rose slightly Wednesday, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Should you get a credit card for your new startup? -- Getting a business credit card can be helpful for a new business, but not in lieu of getting enough startup financing ... (See Startup card)

Credit card interest rates linger at 15.07 percent -- Oct. 22, 2014: Average rates on new card offers stayed at 15.07 percent this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rates Report, Oct. 22, 2014)


Cash back cards Cash back cards
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Study: Rewards cards have taken over the market -- Rewards cards increasingly dominate the credit card market, a study by the American Bankers Association shows ... (See Rewards cards)

Best way to track all those reward points? -- How do you make sure you really earned triple points on gas purchases on Card A and the miles you were supposed to when using Card B's online shopping portal? There are no easy answers ... (See Rewards tracking)

Even with high credit score, some card applicants rejected -- How can someone with an 800+ FICO score be denied a new credit card? It may have to do with rewards card churning but the first thing to do is ask the issuer that is denying your application ... (See Application denied)


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Rules for baggage perks might have exceptions -- Airline reward cards allow free checked bags for the cardholder only under certain circumstances, but ticket agents sometimes offer flexibility ... (See Checked bags)

Best way to track all those reward points? -- How do you make sure you really earned triple points on gas purchases on Card A and the miles you were supposed to when using Card B's online shopping portal? There are no easy answers ... (See Rewards tracking)

Even with high credit score, some card applicants rejected -- How can someone with an 800+ FICO score be denied a new credit card? It may have to do with rewards card churning but the first thing to do is ask the issuer that is denying your application ... (See Application denied)


Credit account management Credit account management
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6 steps to using credit cards to manage caregiving costs -- When it comes to managing caregiving costs for a loved one among family members, credit cards can help, but only if everyone plays by the rules ... (See Caregiver)

How early payment can result in late fees -- Leaving town? Paying your card bill early can backfire if you miss making the minimum payment by the due date, leaving you with late fees and penalty rates ... (See Early payment, late fee)

Negotiation is key for defaulted student loan -- When a private student loan is in default, bringing the loan current may require a lump-sum payment as well as written proof of what you can afford to pay ... (See Default)


Credit Card Help Credit Card Help
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Trip canceled? Your credit card may reimburse you -- How much of your trip's travel insurance is already covered by your credit card? Some cards offer reimbursements on failed travel plans ... (See Trip cancellation)

The Unverzagt family's triumph over their credit card debit -- Selected as Clients Of The Year by the National Foundation of Credit Counseling, the 13-person Unverzagt family paid off their credit card debt in five years ... (See Debt-free)

How closing cards and student loans affects FICO scores -- Keeping cards active and paying loans on time is best way to maintain a strong credit score ... (See Credit scores)


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How to build an emergency savings account -- If you are contemplating using credit cards for emergencies, here are a few ideas for building an emergency cash fund instead of increasing your debt load ... (See Emergency fund)

Anatomy of a credit card account number -- Those numbers on the front of your credit card? They aren't just random. They give away specific information about your card and where it comes from ... (See Account number )

Video: the road to wage garnishment -- Garnishment is complex -- the rules vary by state, your employment status and your income. But it all starts with a failure to pay bills on time ... (See Wage garnishment)


Credit Score Report Credit Score Report
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Old-school phone scammers make comeback with modern twist -- Old-school telephone fraud is making a comeback as fraudsters are again more likely to contact you by phone than through websites or email ... (See Telephone scams)

How closing cards and student loans affects FICO scores -- Keeping cards active and paying loans on time is best way to maintain a strong credit score ... (See Credit scores)

Don't expect big score boost when unpaid debt falls off credit report -- Is an old debt, charged off seven years ago, finally falling off your credit report? Sorry, but there's not likely to be a big rise in your score. It could even fall ... (See Old debts)


Credit scores, credit reports Credit scores, credit reports
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How early payment can result in late fees -- Leaving town? Paying your card bill early can backfire if you miss making the minimum payment by the due date, leaving you with late fees and penalty rates ... (See Early payment, late fee)

How a DUI can tank your credit -- While a conviction for driving under the influence won't show up directly on your credit report, the financial ramifications that follow a conviction can really flush your score ... (See DUI)

Balance transfer impact on your credit score -- Moving a high-interest card balance to a lower-interest card you already have shouldn't hurt your score, but there are other issues to consider ... (See Balance transfer)


Emerging payment systems: Prepaid, debit, gift cards Emerging payment systems: Prepaid, debit, gift cards
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Retailers push system to rival Apple Pay and other mobile wallets -- Two drugstore chains switched off support for Apple Pay, as a group of big retailers gets behind a rival system for checkout smartphone payments ... (See Mobile payments)

Poll: Nearly half of cardholders likely to avoid stores hit by data breaches -- As retail data breaches become more common, nearly half of 985 U.S. cardholders polled by CreditCards.com say they're likely this holiday season to avoid stores that have been hit ... (See Breach poll)

Obama puts federal might behind chip-and-PIN card security -- A White House move to encourage the roll out of chip-and-PIN security strengthens the push for new weapons against data breaches and ID theft ... (See US goes chip-and-PIN)


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How early payment can result in late fees -- Leaving town? Paying your card bill early can backfire if you miss making the minimum payment by the due date, leaving you with late fees and penalty rates ... (See Early payment, late fee)

Negotiation is key for defaulted student loan -- When a private student loan is in default, bringing the loan current may require a lump-sum payment as well as written proof of what you can afford to pay ... (See Default)

Retailers push system to rival Apple Pay and other mobile wallets -- Two drugstore chains switched off support for Apple Pay, as a group of big retailers gets behind a rival system for checkout smartphone payments ... (See Mobile payments)


Frequent flier programs, airline rewards Frequent flier programs, airline rewards
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Credit card interest rates rise to 15.09 percent -- Oct. 29, 2014: Average rates on new card offers rose slightly Wednesday, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Rules for baggage perks might have exceptions -- Airline reward cards allow free checked bags for the cardholder only under certain circumstances, but ticket agents sometimes offer flexibility ... (See Checked bags)

Credit card interest rates linger at 15.07 percent -- Oct. 22, 2014: Average rates on new card offers stayed at 15.07 percent this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rates Report, Oct. 22, 2014)


Infographics Infographics
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Study: Rewards cards have taken over the market -- Rewards cards increasingly dominate the credit card market, a study by the American Bankers Association shows ... (See Rewards cards)

Student loans up 84 percent, while other loans drop -- While the dollar amounts of mortgages and credit cards have dropped since 2008, student loans have climbed, an Experian study has found ... (See Student loans)

Study: 7 percent of employees have wages garnished -- About 7 percent of workers had wages garnished in 2103, and workers age 35-44 are most likely to endure that stressful and sometimes humiliating fate ... (See Wage garnishment study)


Innovations, features, new products Innovations, features, new products
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EMV switch won't eliminate travel woes -- As issuers roll out more secure chip cards in the U.S., they're opting for chip-and-signature technology, rather than the chip-and-PIN standard used in many other countries ... (See Chip-and-PIN)

Q&A: 'Bad Paper' author Jake Halpern roams debt collection's Wild West -- Author Jake Halpern goes undercover as a debt collector and uncovers a world of rich characters, conflicts and unsavory behavior ... (See "Bad Paper")

Obama puts federal might behind chip-and-PIN card security -- A White House move to encourage the roll out of chip-and-PIN security strengthens the push for new weapons against data breaches and ID theft ... (See US goes chip-and-PIN)


Instant Approval Instant Approval
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Credit card interest rates rise to 15.09 percent -- Oct. 29, 2014: Average rates on new card offers rose slightly Wednesday, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Credit card interest rates linger at 15.07 percent -- Oct. 22, 2014: Average rates on new card offers stayed at 15.07 percent this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rates Report, Oct. 22, 2014)

Credit card interest rates hold steady at 15.07 percent -- Oct. 15, 2014: Average rates on new card offers didn't budge this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)


Legal, regulatory, privacy issues Legal, regulatory, privacy issues
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How early payment can result in late fees -- Leaving town? Paying your card bill early can backfire if you miss making the minimum payment by the due date, leaving you with late fees and penalty rates ... (See Early payment, late fee)

Negotiation is key for defaulted student loan -- When a private student loan is in default, bringing the loan current may require a lump-sum payment as well as written proof of what you can afford to pay ... (See Default)

EMV switch won't eliminate travel woes -- As issuers roll out more secure chip cards in the U.S., they're opting for chip-and-signature technology, rather than the chip-and-PIN standard used in many other countries ... (See Chip-and-PIN)


Lets Talk Credit Lets Talk Credit
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How minimum payments are applied to small balances -- Don't slip up and forget a credit card payment when the balance is almost paid off. A late fee could be larger than your minimum payment ... (See Minimum)

0-percent balance transfer after debt in collections? Good luck -- Balance transfer offers aren't lifelines offered to people with bad credit, they're a deal for those who maintain good credit ... (See Balance transfer )

Tick-tock debt: Law gives 30 days to respond to collector -- When a debt collector makes first contact, federal law gives you the right to seek verification of the debt and to dispute it -- if you act quickly ... (See 30 day debt clock)


Low interest, zero percent cards Low interest, zero percent cards
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Credit card interest rates rise to 15.09 percent -- Oct. 29, 2014: Average rates on new card offers rose slightly Wednesday, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Credit card interest rates linger at 15.07 percent -- Oct. 22, 2014: Average rates on new card offers stayed at 15.07 percent this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rates Report, Oct. 22, 2014)

Credit card interest rates hold steady at 15.07 percent -- Oct. 15, 2014: Average rates on new card offers didn't budge this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)


Maturing Loans Maturing Loans
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SBA disaster loans -- not just for business -- When disaster strikes, SBA loans may help -- even if you're a consumer. But it helps to know what to expect ... (See Disaster loans)

Help! Our supplier is trying to change our payment terms -- If a supplier is tightening credit, find out why and check your contract carefully. You may be able to fight the change or at least ask for the original terms as a courtesy ... (See Supplier credit)

Sample promissory note for loans to family, friends -- If you're lending to a relative or friend, you'll want to craft a written agreement. This sample promissory note spells out how and when you are to be paid, and what happens if the borrower doesn't repay the loan ... (See Sample promissory loan note)


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Small businesses slow in converting to EMV card readers -- With a year to go before retailers hit a major deadline for upgrading their credit card machines, experts warn that many are unlikely to complete the switch in time. As a result, they may find themselves suddenly liable for card-related fraud ... (See EMV)

How to cut your business' foreign wire transfer fee costs -- When selling overseas, you can't make foreign wire transfer costs vanish, but you can negotiate their size, bundle your bills or bake them into your prices ... (See Wire transfers)

Should your small business accept bitcoin? -- Five years into its existence, the virtual currency bitcoin is gaining legitimacy with major U.S. retailers. Small-business owners may find new opportunities in joining them, but should carefully weigh the risks before jumping in ... (See Bitcoin)


New Frugal You New Frugal You
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Closing joint bank accounts after a breakup -- On joint credit card accounts, problems arise when you carry a balance. Legally, that debt belongs to both of you, even after a breakup ... (See Close joint accounts)

Pros and cons of charging automatic payments to a credit card -- Charging automatic payments on a credit card can be beneficial for busy consumers, but it also has its faults. Here are the pros and cons to think about ... (See Automatic payments)

Personal loan consolidation won't help win a mortgage -- In trying to qualify for a mortgage, it probably won't help to consolidate several small personal loans into a big one with a higher rate ... (See Consolidate)


Opening Credits Opening Credits
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Negotiation is key for defaulted student loan -- When a private student loan is in default, bringing the loan current may require a lump-sum payment as well as written proof of what you can afford to pay ... (See Default)

Co-signing backfire ruins chance to lease an apartment -- A kindhearted gesture backfires for a man who co-signed his sister-in-law's lease: She broke her lease, left a debt, ruined his credit and his ability to rent a new home ... (See Co-sign)

Credit reports key to detecting fraud -- If you suspect someone is trying to open a card account in your name, fraud alerts and credit report monitoring can stop thieves before they start stealing ... (See Fraud)


Research, statistics Research, statistics
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Credit card interest rates rise to 15.09 percent -- Oct. 29, 2014: Average rates on new card offers rose slightly Wednesday, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Credit card interest rates linger at 15.07 percent -- Oct. 22, 2014: Average rates on new card offers stayed at 15.07 percent this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rates Report, Oct. 22, 2014)

Study: Rewards cards have taken over the market -- Rewards cards increasingly dominate the credit card market, a study by the American Bankers Association shows ... (See Rewards cards)


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6 steps to using credit cards to manage caregiving costs -- When it comes to managing caregiving costs for a loved one among family members, credit cards can help, but only if everyone plays by the rules ... (See Caregiver)

Credit card interest rates rise to 15.09 percent -- Oct. 29, 2014: Average rates on new card offers rose slightly Wednesday, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Rules for baggage perks might have exceptions -- Airline reward cards allow free checked bags for the cardholder only under certain circumstances, but ticket agents sometimes offer flexibility ... (See Checked bags)


Shopping Shopping
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6 steps to using credit cards to manage caregiving costs -- When it comes to managing caregiving costs for a loved one among family members, credit cards can help, but only if everyone plays by the rules ... (See Caregiver)

Poll: Nearly half of cardholders likely to avoid stores hit by data breaches -- As retail data breaches become more common, nearly half of 985 U.S. cardholders polled by CreditCards.com say they're likely this holiday season to avoid stores that have been hit ... (See Breach poll)

Retail cards, the Rodney Dangerfields of credit, deserve respect -- Store cards get a bad rap. But closing even an unused retail card can hurt credit utilization and lower your credit score ... (See Retail cards)


Speaking of Credit Speaking of Credit
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How early payment can result in late fees -- Leaving town? Paying your card bill early can backfire if you miss making the minimum payment by the due date, leaving you with late fees and penalty rates ... (See Early payment, late fee)

Charge-offs irreversible, even if co-signer not notified of debt -- When a widower is denied credit six months after his wife's death, he finds a charge-off on a co-signed account dropped his credit score almost 200 points ... (See Co-sign)

Retail cards, the Rodney Dangerfields of credit, deserve respect -- Store cards get a bad rap. But closing even an unused retail card can hurt credit utilization and lower your credit score ... (See Retail cards)


Spotlight: People and their plastic Spotlight: People and their plastic
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Q&A: 'Bad Paper' author Jake Halpern roams debt collection's Wild West -- Author Jake Halpern goes undercover as a debt collector and uncovers a world of rich characters, conflicts and unsavory behavior ... (See "Bad Paper")

Q&A: Kara McGuire cuts through financial clutter in 'Teen Money Manual' -- McGuire's new book, "The Teen Money Manual," covers earning, saving, spending and protecting money in teen-approved prose ... (See Teen Money Manual)

Make financial planning as easy as 50/20/30 -- In Alexa von Tobel's best-selling book, "Financially Fearless," she simplifies financial planning with a quick and easy method for spending, saving and having fun ... (See Fearless)


Student credit cards, young credit Student credit cards, young credit
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Credit card interest rates rise to 15.09 percent -- Oct. 29, 2014: Average rates on new card offers rose slightly Wednesday, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Negotiation is key for defaulted student loan -- When a private student loan is in default, bringing the loan current may require a lump-sum payment as well as written proof of what you can afford to pay ... (See Default)

Credit card interest rates linger at 15.07 percent -- Oct. 22, 2014: Average rates on new card offers stayed at 15.07 percent this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rates Report, Oct. 22, 2014)


The Credit Guy The Credit Guy
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Kim McGrigg: Are 'free miles' really free? -- Frequent flier rewards cards usually carry annual fees, so that free flight isn't truly free, but if you handle your card right it can be pretty close ... (See Frequent flier)

Todd Ossenfort: The Credit Guy's top 5 money tips -- After writing his column for the past three years, columnist Todd Ossenfort leaves his readers with these top five financial lessons ... (See Top 5 money lessons)

Todd Ossenfort: Can collectors come after your inheritance? -- Public records are perused by debt collectors. If they find out you've inherited a chunk of cash, don't be surprised if they come out of the woodwork ... (See Debt collection)


To Her Credit To Her Credit
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Balance transfer impact on your credit score -- Moving a high-interest card balance to a lower-interest card you already have shouldn't hurt your score, but there are other issues to consider ... (See Balance transfer)

Credit rehabilitation programs don't do anything you can't do -- The money you give to a credit rehabilitation company could be better spent paying down debt because what those companies do you can do yourself ... (See Credit rehab)

Your rights if a merchant charges you but delays shipping -- You ordered your item and your card was charged, but the merchant takes forever to ship. Do you have any rights to demand faster shipping? ... (See Delayed shipping)


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Should you get a credit card for your new startup? -- Getting a business credit card can be helpful for a new business, but not in lieu of getting enough startup financing ... (See Startup card)

Replacing a credit card after husband's death -- A widow and small-business owner wonders how to replace a credit card with a $36,000 credit limit that had to be closed after her husband died ... (See Card shopping)

How to cut your business' foreign wire transfer fee costs -- When selling overseas, you can't make foreign wire transfer costs vanish, but you can negotiate their size, bundle your bills or bake them into your prices ... (See Wire transfers)


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Tips for choosing a rewards credit card -- A rewards card can be a great choice for the right kind of cardholder. After all, who doesn't love a gift? You can earn ... (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 ... (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)