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Weekly newsletter: August 27, 2015

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Fewer offers, but better deals for student credit cards
The Credit CARD Act of 2009 imposed restrictions that thinned the ranks of student-oriented cards, but those that remain are pretty good, our survey finds. More...
How a car repossession affects your credit
Between late payments and collections, a repo can cause a 100-point score drop. More...
List of cards with free credit scores continues to expand; latest is AmEx
American Express cardholders can now see their FICO credit score for free online, as the issuer joins the list of cards that offer free scores. More...
‘Opening Credits’ by Erica Sandberg
Steps to remove yourself from mom's card
You should apply for a new card before removing yourself as an authorized user on another. More...
Credit Wise by Kevin Weeks
Explain medical debt with 100-word statement
Explain a late payment due to medical debt, but don't forget to remove it later. More...
‘Cashing In’ by Tony Mecia
Unaffiliated travel reward cards give you choices, bonuses
Some cards come with sign-up bonuses that can be used for a wide range of travel charges, but they're not for everyone. More...
Taking Charge Blog
Rate Report
Law limiting debit interchange fees backfires
A ruling to cap how much banks can charge a merchant to process a debit transaction aimed to lower costs for merchants. But according to a new report, the cap had little effect -- and even raised costs for some. More...
Not knowing your interest rate can hurt you
Quick, what’s the interest rate on your credit card? If you know without peeking, you’re doing well. Many people are stumped by the question, including some who work here at CreditCards.com. More...
Credit card rate report
As of 8/27/2015
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%