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Weekly newsletter: August 20, 2015

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If biometric IDs become the norm, will hackers try to steal your face?
Advocates of biometric identifiers say worries are overblown, but a GAO report says digitally stored records of fingerprints, palms, irises and faces raise privacy questions. More...
Buying a car with no credit: 6 things to know
Even with bad or no credit it is possible to get a vehicle. Here's what you should know before plunking down your cash. More...
8 FAQs about EMV credit cards
The way you use a credit card is about to change significantly as the U.S. moves to chip-enabled cards. We've answered eight common questions about the transition. More...
‘To Her Credit’ by Sally Herigstad
Yes, raid kid's college fund to pay $30,000 card debt
If you have huge debt, you're likely losing more to interest than you're saving in a college fund. More...
Speaking of Credit by Barry Paperno
5 credit score oddities
Quirks in the credit scoring formula make unexpected things help or hurt. More...
‘Cashing In’ by Tony Mecia
Personalized help for maximizing your rewards
If you're not comfortable deciding which cards to purge and use, technology and professionals might help. More...
Taking Charge Blog
Rate Report
Lengthy wait for debt repayment plan hurts struggling debtors
Overwhelmed by credit card debt, you call a nonprofit credit counseling service for help. You give the details of your income, debts and resources. the counselor helps you draw a budget. And then you wait. More...
3 reasons to clean up your Facebook act
Facebook may help us connect with relatives and share comical-yet-relatable memes, but what if financially unstable, distant Internet “friends” are the reason you’re not approved for a small loan? More...
Credit card rate report
As of 8/20/2015
National Average
15.00%
Low Interest
11.62%
Balance transfer
14.12%
Business
12.85%
Student
13.14%
Cash Back
15.27%
Reward
15.14%
Airline
15.10%
Bad Credit
22.73%
Instant Approval
18.00%