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What to do if your credit card rate goes up
With the U.S. economy on the upswing, an interest rate hike is expected soon. That could be a shock for credit card holders, who will face a higher cost for carrying a balance. But there are a few things you can do to minimize the pain.  More...
Pay for delete: A shady credit report cleanup practice
If a collection is bringing your credit score down, making a deal with the collection agency could get it taken off. However, this might not be as easy as it sounds. More...
Alternative lenders offer cheaper loans for more of your data
If you're looking for a low rate loan, new startups are filling that gap, but require more data from you than what's on your credit report. More...
‘To Her Credit’ by Sally Herigstad
Help! Ex left me with $45,000 in card debt
A 75-year-old is stuck repaying $45,000 her ex racked up on three cards. More...
‘Opening Credits’ by Erica Sandberg
Pay off loan with balance transfer card?
Using a 0 percent balance transfer card to pay off a high-interest personal loan can be smart if done right. More...
‘Cashing In’ by Tony Mecia
Finding the best card for travel upgrades
For business card seekers looking for hotel and airline upgrades, it pays to figure out where you spend the most, then investigate the networks of points programs. More...
TAKING CHARGE Blog
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Student loan problems come to light with new research
Some people get less from a degree than they put into it. But you can improve the odds of educational success by looking up a school's default record on student loans. More...
Teach kids about money by sharing your bills
A family in Massachusetts has come up with an unusual game for teaching their 11-year-old about money: Every month, they hand over receipts and credit card statements and ask him to look for unusual charges. More...
Credit card rate report
As of 4/23/2015
National Average
14.92%
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
22.73%
Instant Approval
17.93%