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6 things that won't hurt your credit score
Lose your job? Pay your taxes late? Locked up in prison? These won't hurt your credit score, as long as you keep paying the bills on time. More...
Poll: Card debt the No. 1 taboo subject
Credit card debt? Shhhh! It's the No. 1 taboo talk topic, ahead of sex, politics and religion as a conversational no-no, says a CreditCards.com poll. More...
Legal consequences of lying on a card application
This is a cautionary tale to keep in mind the next time you're filling out an application for a new credit card. More...
Compare 8 home-improvement financing options
Just as a contractor matches a saw to the cut, match your home improvement financing choice to the job at hand. More...
Expert advice

Deceased husband's debt haunts wife
'To Her Credit' expert Sally Herigstad
Three years after he died, a 1099-C form for his card debt cancellation arrives. Does his wife have to report this as income? More...
Late fees inflate balance of forgotten card
'Opening Credits' expert Erica Sandberg
She opened a card, charged $100 and then Hurricane Sandy hit. Now a collector says the balance owed is $300. More...
Do you owe the IRS for card rewards?
'Cashing In' expert Cathleen McCarthy
A frequent flier wonders if miles earned on her organization's card are hers. And if so, how does the IRS treat them?
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Financing options for young entrepreneurs
'Your Business Credit' expert Elaine Pofeldt
If you're a new grad needing credit for a startup, the options are limited. Alternatives exist, however, if you're creative and ambitious.
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Videos and blogs

Video: How safe is tap-and-pay?
Cards and apps that use NFC technology for contactless payments are growing. Hacking them is easy, but stealing info? Not so much. More...
Blog: Surprising slip-ups that can trash your score
Don't learn the hard way how innocuous fines and tickets could wind up dropping your credit score precipitously. More...
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