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Weekly newsletter: April 2, 2015

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Should you write 'See ID' on your card?
If your strategy for protecting yourself against card fraud is to not sign your cards and write "See ID" instead, your game plan is both ineffective and outdated.  More...
Survey: More cards get rid of foreign transaction fees
Looking for a card that won't tack extra fees onto purchases when traveling abroad? There are more than 60 to choose from, according to CreditCards.com's 2015 foreign transaction fee survey. More...
Video: Debit cards -- PIN vs. signature
You've swiped your debit card. Now the machine asks you to choose "credit" or "debit" to process the transaction. The question is better phrased as "PIN" or "signature" and the answer depends on how you use the card. More...
‘To Her Credit’ by Sally Herigstad
Husband opened cards, ran up debt in your name? It's fraud
After her husband racked up thousands on cards he opened in his wife's name, step one in cleaning up the mess is reporting his fraud. More...
‘Credit Wise’ by Kevin Weeks
Near retirement age is worst time to raid 401(k)
When in your 50s, with retirement in sight, don't use your 401(k) as a piggy bank. You need a financial plan more than a quick cash fix. More...
‘Speaking of Credit’ by Barry Paperno
Length of credit history matters more when you're young
It takes time to boost the length of your credit history. With each new account, you cut your average age of accounts, so open new cards sparingly. More...
TAKING CHARGE Blog
Rate Report
Study: Millennials struggle to find financial balance when saving for retirement
A March 2015 study by Principal Financial Group found that 63 percent of millennials started saving for retirement at or before age 25, but less than one-third are saving enough to secure a strong retirement later on. More...
Are American Express cards losing their luster?
"I've been thinking pretty seriously lately about applying for my first American Express card after receiving some tempting offers," writes Kelly Dilworth. But with all the bad press the card issuer has been getting lately, are American Express cards as valuable as they used to be? More...
Credit card rate report
As of 4/2/2015
National Average
14.90%
Low Interest
11.62%
Balance transfer
14.04%
Business
12.85%
Student
13.14%
Cash Back
15.26%
Reward
15.04%
Airline
15.10%
Bad Credit
22.48%
Instant Approval
17.93%