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Can you recoup expenses for unused services? -- Business owners confront a lot of monthly expenses, which may make it easy to miss payments you're making for services you don't use ... (See Recoup)

Can paying off your mortgage hurt your credit score? -- Paying off your mortgage shouldn't hurt your credit score, but results may vary based on other credit factors ... (See Mortgage)

Can I lose my house over credit card debt? -- Probably not, but ignoring debt will just make things worse ... (See Lose house)


 Bad credit, credit repair

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Can paying off your mortgage hurt your credit score? -- Paying off your mortgage shouldn't hurt your credit score, but results may vary based on other credit factors ... (See Mortgage)

Can I lose my house over credit card debt? -- Probably not, but ignoring debt will just make things worse ... (See Lose house)

Tips for getting a big score boost when paying maxed-out cards -- Paying down cards always helps, but doing it strategically helps more ... (See Score)


 Balance transfer, debt consolidation

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Can paying off your mortgage hurt your credit score? -- Paying off your mortgage shouldn't hurt your credit score, but results may vary based on other credit factors ... (See Mortgage)

'Rich Bitch' author Nicole Lapin shakes up traditional financial advice -- In her "Rich Bitch" and "Boss Bitch" books, Nicole Lapin discusses her own financial faults and how women can get ahead financially ... (See Advice)

Survey: Average card APR remains at record 15.50 percent -- Feb. 22, 2017: The national average APR on new card offers remained fixed at an all-time high this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rates)


 Best credit cards

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Best business credit cards: Winter 2017 -- Our panel of judges names the Chase Ink Business Preferred card as the top business card for winter 2017. ... (See Best business credit cards: Winter 2017)

Best balance transfer credit cards: Winter 2017 -- The Chase Slate and Citi Diamond Preferred cards tie for best balance transfer card of 2017. ... (See Best)

Best low-interest credit cards: Winter 2016 -- See what our credit cards experts have to say about the three best low-interest cards of winter 2016. ... (See Best low-interest)


 Breaking news

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Voice assistants begin to answer credit questions -- Voice assistants step into personal finance, answering questions about card balances and what you spent on your trip to Chicago ... (See Voice)

Survey: Average card APR remains at record 15.50 percent -- Feb. 22, 2017: The national average APR on new card offers remained fixed at an all-time high this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rates)

Debt settlement: Is it right for you? -- Settlement offers one solution to severe debt, but beware false promises and know the downsides ... (See Settle)


 Business credit cards

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Can you recoup expenses for unused services? -- Business owners confront a lot of monthly expenses, which may make it easy to miss payments you're making for services you don't use ... (See Recoup)

Survey: Average card APR remains at record 15.50 percent -- Feb. 22, 2017: The national average APR on new card offers remained fixed at an all-time high this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rates)

Best business credit cards: Winter 2017 -- Our panel of judges names the Chase Ink Business Preferred card as the top business card for winter 2017. ... (See Best business credit cards: Winter 2017)


 Cash back cards

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Video: What is Creditcards.com? -- Creditcards.com saves you the hassle of applying for cards that end up not being right for you. Learn how to use our card comparison tool to make the right decisions ... (See Credit)

Survey: Average card APR remains at record 15.50 percent -- Feb. 22, 2017: The national average APR on new card offers remained fixed at an all-time high this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rates)

Survey: Average card APR climbs to record high of 15.50% -- Feb. 15, 2017: The national average APR on new card offers climbed to another record high this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rates)


 Cashing In Q&A columns

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Limits to using airline miles -- If you signed up for a credit card for the big airline mile bonus, you may be shocked at how much you still have to pay to fly ... (See Airline miles)

Boost rewards with airlines' dining programs -- Join, register a card, dine at selected restaurants, earn extra points ... (See Dining)

In which categories can I get bonus points? -- Find out how to maximize your rewards by figuring out which category of purchases earns you the most ... (See Bonus points)


 Credit account management

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Can paying off your mortgage hurt your credit score? -- Paying off your mortgage shouldn't hurt your credit score, but results may vary based on other credit factors ... (See Mortgage)

Can I lose my house over credit card debt? -- Probably not, but ignoring debt will just make things worse ... (See Lose house)

Using inheritance to pay off student loan debt -- It's time to get the kids involved in paying off their share of college debt ... (See Debt)


 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: What is Creditcards.com? -- Creditcards.com saves you the hassle of applying for cards that end up not being right for you. Learn how to use our card comparison tool to make the right decisions ... (See Credit)

Video: 4 ways to finance an engagement ring -- Before spending a huge amount of money on a ring, be sure you are making the best financial choice ... (See Finance a ring)

Video: How a side hustle can help you pay down debt -- Side hustles can help you pay down debt quickly, but you should know what to avoid when taking on certain jobs ... (See Side hustle)


 Credit scores, credit reports

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Can paying off your mortgage hurt your credit score? -- Paying off your mortgage shouldn't hurt your credit score, but results may vary based on other credit factors ... (See Mortgage)

Using inheritance to pay off student loan debt -- It's time to get the kids involved in paying off their share of college debt ... (See Debt)

Tips for getting a big score boost when paying maxed-out cards -- Paying down cards always helps, but doing it strategically helps more ... (See Score)


 Credit Smart

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Can I lose my house over credit card debt? -- Probably not, but ignoring debt will just make things worse ... (See Lose house)

Deep card debt jeopardizes hopes to fund children’s college -- Action must be taken to get a handle on $80,000 card debt before more loans get taken out for college-ready daughter ... (See Debt)

Know debt settlement companies' full cost -- You will trash your credit and may owe a larger tax bill ... (See Settlement)


 Emerging payment systems: Prepaid, debit, gift cards

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Voice assistants begin to answer credit questions -- Voice assistants step into personal finance, answering questions about card balances and what you spent on your trip to Chicago ... (See Voice)

Infographic: The growing ways we e-pay -- More and more Americans are discovering how handy e-payments can be ... (See E-payments grow)

Congress may repeal CFPB prepaid card rule -- Consumer protections that have been on the drawing board for years are endangered by tide of deregulation in Washington ... (See CFPB)


 Expert Q&A

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Can you recoup expenses for unused services? -- Business owners confront a lot of monthly expenses, which may make it easy to miss payments you're making for services you don't use ... (See Recoup)

Can I lose my house over credit card debt? -- Probably not, but ignoring debt will just make things worse ... (See Lose house)

Using inheritance to pay off student loan debt -- It's time to get the kids involved in paying off their share of college debt ... (See Debt)


 Frequent flier programs, airline rewards

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Limits to using airline miles -- If you signed up for a credit card for the big airline mile bonus, you may be shocked at how much you still have to pay to fly ... (See Airline miles)

Boost rewards with airlines' dining programs -- Join, register a card, dine at selected restaurants, earn extra points ... (See Dining)

In which categories can I get bonus points? -- Find out how to maximize your rewards by figuring out which category of purchases earns you the most ... (See Bonus points)


 Infographics

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Infographic: The growing ways we e-pay -- More and more Americans are discovering how handy e-payments can be ... (See E-payments grow)

Overdue card debt sinks to a decade low -- We owe more, but handle cards better, says the quarterly New York Fed report on household debt ... (See Household)

Infographic: Identity fraud victims at record high -- A report has found that the number of U.S. identity fraud victims increased 17.6 percent, from 13.1 million Americans in 2015 to 15.4 million in 2016 ... (See ID theft report)


 Innovations, features, new products

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Voice assistants begin to answer credit questions -- Voice assistants step into personal finance, answering questions about card balances and what you spent on your trip to Chicago ... (See Voice)

Tax refund delayed? It’s best to wait -- Many taxpayers will receive their refunds later than usual this year. How can you fill the void? And should you? ... (See Refund)

Congress may repeal CFPB prepaid card rule -- Consumer protections that have been on the drawing board for years are endangered by tide of deregulation in Washington ... (See CFPB)


 Legal, regulatory, privacy issues

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Survey: Average card APR remains at record 15.50 percent -- Feb. 22, 2017: The national average APR on new card offers remained fixed at an all-time high this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rates)

Debt settlement: Is it right for you? -- Settlement offers one solution to severe debt, but beware false promises and know the downsides ... (See Settle)

Pay off credit card debt with tax refund? 5 questions -- Question No. 1: Do you have an emergency fund? ... (See Tax refund)


 Low interest, zero percent cards

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Survey: Average card APR remains at record 15.50 percent -- Feb. 22, 2017: The national average APR on new card offers remained fixed at an all-time high this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rates)

Tax refund delayed? It’s best to wait -- Many taxpayers will receive their refunds later than usual this year. How can you fill the void? And should you? ... (See Refund)

Poll: Cardholders love rewards but many don’t shop around -- Cardholders love rewards, but many of them don't shop around for new card offers, according to a new CreditCards.com poll ... (See Poll)


 Opening Credits

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Get annual fee waived on unwanted new card -- If you never used the card, the issuer should waive any fees when you call to cancel ... (See Cancel)

Consolidation loan vs. balance transfer vs. DIY payment plan -- Comparison shop and run the numbers to get the best debt payoff plan ... (See Pay off)

Emancipated minor repeatedly rejected for credit card -- Issuers tend to stick to age restrictions for entering into legal contracts ... (See Minors)


 Podcast

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Charged Up! podcast: The art of stretching -- Find out how some of the most successful people and businesses are masters at doing more with less ... (See Stretch)

Charged Up! podcast: The index card that went viral -- Harold Pollack's index card with "everything you need to know about personal finance" tips became an internet sensation. Find out how to implement those tips now ... (See Tips)

Charged Up! podcast: Love and Money -- Finances play a big role in the success and failures of relationships. Find out what five questions you need to ask your partner now ... (See Podcast)


 Products

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Blue Cash Everyday and Preferred cards offer 10 percent back at restaurants -- Starting Feb. 23, 2017, new Blue Cash Everyday and Blue Cash Preferred cardholders who apply for either card by May 3, 2017 will earn 10 percent cash back on purchases made at U.S. restaurants in the first six months, up to $200 back. ... (See American Express)

Starwood Preferred cards add 35k sign-up bonus -- New American Express Starwood Preferred Guest cardholders and Starwood Preferred Guest business cardholders can earn up to 35,000 bonus Starpoints for a limited time. ... (See American Express, Starwood Preferred Guest)

New Cathay Pacific Visa Signature card offers 25k sign-up bonus -- Cathay Pacific Airlines and Synchrony Bank have teamed up to release a credit card geared toward U.S. travelers. ... (See Cathay Pacific)


 Research, statistics

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Survey: Average card APR remains at record 15.50 percent -- Feb. 22, 2017: The national average APR on new card offers remained fixed at an all-time high this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rates)

Infographic: The growing ways we e-pay -- More and more Americans are discovering how handy e-payments can be ... (See E-payments grow)

Overdue card debt sinks to a decade low -- We owe more, but handle cards better, says the quarterly New York Fed report on household debt ... (See Household)


 Reward programs

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Survey: Average card APR remains at record 15.50 percent -- Feb. 22, 2017: The national average APR on new card offers remained fixed at an all-time high this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rates)

Limits to using airline miles -- If you signed up for a credit card for the big airline mile bonus, you may be shocked at how much you still have to pay to fly ... (See Airline miles)

Poll: Cardholders love rewards but many don’t shop around -- Cardholders love rewards, but many of them don't shop around for new card offers, according to a new CreditCards.com poll ... (See Poll)


 Shopping

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Voice assistants begin to answer credit questions -- Voice assistants step into personal finance, answering questions about card balances and what you spent on your trip to Chicago ... (See Voice)

'Rich Bitch' author Nicole Lapin shakes up traditional financial advice -- In her "Rich Bitch" and "Boss Bitch" books, Nicole Lapin discusses her own financial faults and how women can get ahead financially ... (See Advice)

Infographic: The growing ways we e-pay -- More and more Americans are discovering how handy e-payments can be ... (See E-payments grow)


 Speaking of Credit

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Tips for getting a big score boost when paying maxed-out cards -- Paying down cards always helps, but doing it strategically helps more ... (See Score)

How lowering your card limit hurts your credit score -- You shut down some of your available credit, hurting a key scoring ratio ... (See Lower limit)

'Pay for delete' debt settlement comes out of the shadows -- Big debt collection company makes a consumer-friendly credit reporting practice official policy ... (See Pay for delete)


 Student credit cards, young credit

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Using inheritance to pay off student loan debt -- It's time to get the kids involved in paying off their share of college debt ... (See Debt)

'Rich Bitch' author Nicole Lapin shakes up traditional financial advice -- In her "Rich Bitch" and "Boss Bitch" books, Nicole Lapin discusses her own financial faults and how women can get ahead financially ... (See Advice)

Deep card debt jeopardizes hopes to fund children’s college -- Action must be taken to get a handle on $80,000 card debt before more loans get taken out for college-ready daughter ... (See Debt)


 To Her Credit

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Using inheritance to pay off student loan debt -- It's time to get the kids involved in paying off their share of college debt ... (See Debt)

Why APR keeps rising on closed card with a balance -- Closed card's APR still rises when the Fed raises rates ... (See APR)

On disability with $15,000 in card debt: Is house at risk? -- Take these steps to prevent issuer from filing home lien ... (See House)


 Your Business Credit

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Can you recoup expenses for unused services? -- Business owners confront a lot of monthly expenses, which may make it easy to miss payments you're making for services you don't use ... (See Recoup)

Do zero liability rules apply to corporate cards? -- Business owners who issue corporate cards may not enjoy the luxury of zero liability rules, which protects them against fraud. ... (See Zero)

What to do if you're charged for something you didn't order -- What you can do if you receive merchandise you didn't order and the merchant refuses to make a refund ... (See Refund)


Uncategorized

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

Compare 0 percent APR credit card deals -- Updated: February 7, 2017 Card 0% Purchase APR Period Annual Fee Regular APR Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card 12 months $0 12.49% - 22.49% ... (more)

Compare Balance Transfer Credit Card Offers -- Updated: February 7, 2017 Card 0% Intro BT APR Period Balance Transfer Fee Our Savings Estimate Regular APR BankAmericard® Credit Card 18 billing cycles for ... (more)