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Weekly newsletter: April 6, 2016

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Pros and cons of paying taxes with a credit card
Paying your taxes by credit card is convenient, but the fees will likely outweigh any rewards. More...
5 things to know before requesting a credit-line increase
Before you request a credit increase, think about how it will affect your credit score and why you need the new limit. More...
Salaries of CEOs at nonprofit credit counseling agencies
As the industry shrinks, executives pull in six- and seven-figure paychecks. More...
‘Opening Credits’ by Erica Sandberg
While in credit recovery, apply for new card with care
Maximize your score for new card by paying off old card balance first. More...
To Her Credit by Sally Herigstad
What to do about card debt when on a fixed income
Paying off card debt doesn't solve problem of not having enough to live on. More...
‘Cashing In’ by Tony Mecia
Details emerge on new Citi Costco card switch
Warehouse giant will accept any Visa starting June 20, 2016. More...
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Retailers fight back against EMV fraud liability shift
Many retailers now have EMV readers, but they still need to be "certified" before you can dip your chip cards. In response to the slow certification process, some retailers are fighting back. More...
My budget-buster: first-kid spending splurges
During her pregnancy, blogger Kelly Dilworth was as frugal as possible, scouring the Internet for used gear and accepting hand-me-downs. After her son arrived, though, all that scrimping went out the window. More...
Credit card rate report
As of 4/6/2016
National Average
15.16%
Low Interest
11.96%
Balance transfer
14.36%
Business
13.12%
Student
13.42%
Cash Back
15.21%
Reward
15.26%
Airline
15.17%
Bad Credit
22.56%
Instant Approval
18.04%