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Weekly newsletter: December 10, 2015

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Poll: 1 in 5 Americans say they'll be in debt forever
It's a debt dichotomy: More say they'll die in debt, yet an increasing number also say they're debt-free. More...
EMV chip card tales from cashiers at the front line
Cashiers and customers express their frustration with EMV chip cards, and give some dipping tips. More...
Dividing credit card rewards in a divorce
If you have accumulated a slew of miles, and you're heading for divorce, they could become an issue in the breakup. More...
‘Credit Wise’ by Kevin Weeks
Keeping card accounts open after a balance transfer
Consolidation can help manage debt, but the goal is to pay it off. More...
Speaking of Credit by Barry Paperno
How partial debt payments affect your credit, your legal rights
A partial payment may lengthen your vulnerability to a collections lawsuit. More...
‘Opening Credits’ by Erica Sandberg
Go from good to excellent credit with first (and only) card
Employing good credit habits early paves the way for a great credit score. More...
Taking Charge blog
Rate Report
5 ways to prepare your credit for 2016
It wouldn’t hurt to end 2015 on a positive note by making the commitment to pay attention to your credit standing and behavior. Here are five steps we can all take to prepare our credit profiles for 2016. More...
CFPB hints at crackdown on 'confusing' rewards programs
The pressure is on for credit card issuers to clean up their card rewards programs and simplify the programs’ disclosures, which are often frustratingly opaque. More...
Credit card rate report
As of 12/10/2015
National Average
14.98%
Low Interest
11.66%
Balance transfer
14.08%
Business
12.85%
Student
13.14%
Cash Back
15.26%
Reward
15.11%
Airline
14.91%
Bad Credit
22.73%
Instant Approval
18.00%