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Weekly newsletter: December 17, 2015

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Card APRs rise -- calculate your new costs
The U.S. central bank pushed its benchmark rate up a quarter point. Here's how the increase raises the cost of carrying a given credit card balance. More...
Putting a big-ticket item on a card: 7 questions
Done right, a credit card can be the best tool for an expensive item. You can see whether it's right for you by answering these questions. More...
Charity gift cards let recipient donate to favorite cause
They make philanthropy easy, but our survey finds many have large fees. More...
‘Credit Wise’ by Kevin Weeks
After bankruptcy and depression, reach for financial help
With debts and worries piled high, it's time to seek financial guidance. More...
Cashing In by Tony Mecia
Check American Airlines' reward partners, transfer options
If you're trying to build American Airlines miles, you have more options than you think. More...
‘Opening Credits’ by Erica Sandberg
Police report needed to fix credit after mom steals child's ID
Filing it will allow credit bureaus to repair damage from parental identity theft. More...
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Rate Report
5 tips for affordable, last-minute holiday shopping
Even the best-laid plans go awry, so if you're still rushing to finish your holiday shopping, try these five tips to combat stress and prevent budget-busting. More...
Video: EMV, RFID, NFC, WTF?
You don't just hand over a piece of plastic anymore. You have EMV chips and NFC cards -- or is it RFID? What's the diff? We explain. More...
Credit card rate report
As of 12/17/2015
National Average
14.99%
Low Interest
11.67%
Balance transfer
14.08%
Business
12.87%
Student
13.17%
Cash Back
15.27%
Reward
15.12%
Airline
14.92%
Bad Credit
22.75%
Instant Approval
18.00%