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Lost, stolen gift cards
How to return, replace a lost or unwanted gift card
The reason so many of us love gift cards -- they're a lot like cash -- is also the reason they can be hard to replace when stolen or lost. In most cases, though, there are steps you can take to ensure that you haven't just thrown away $50 if that gift card accidentally ends up in the trash ... More
12 credit card predictions for 2014
What will issuers do to woo new cardholders next year? Will rewards get juicier or 0 percent interest deals longer? We talked to the experts to find out ... More
Data breach protection: 10 tips
Has your card been "Target-ed?" Be vigilant and ready to take action if unauthorized charges show up ... More
‘Opening Credits’ by Erica Sandberg
Is card account open if it isn't activated?
If you apply for a card, get it in the mail and then choose not to activate it, does the account still get listed on your credit report? More...
‘To Her Credit’ by Sally Herigstad
Mom's in assisted living with $40,000 in credit card debt
The cost of an assisted living facility has left no room for even the minimum payments on Mom's credit cards. What's an adult daughter to do? More...
‘Let's Talk Credit’ by Jane McNamara
Should you rob your 401(k) to pay off credit card debt?
Generally, it's unwise to take money out of a retirement account to pay off card debt, particularly if you have to pay early withdrawal fees. More...
Blog: Taking Charge
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The enticement of deferred-interest medical credit cards
It's easy to bemoan how expensive medical cards are when you've got enough time to read through the terms and carefully do the math. But when you're in the heat of the moment and making a snap decision about care, a card that offers quick interest-free financing can, for an instant, seem like a lifesaver.  More...
Infographic: Identity theft takes an expensive, emotional toll
Imagine the populations of Illinois and Oklahoma all falling victim to identity theft, and you'll have an idea of this crime's annual scope. Nearly 17 million people became victims of identity theft in 2012, and the thieves made off with $24.7 billion, according to a new report.  More...
Credit card rate report
As of 12/24/2013
National Average
15.06%
Business
12.98%
Low Interest
10.46%
Balance Transfer
12.55%
Cash Back
14.62%
Reward
14.91%
Bad Credit
23.48%
Airline
14.51%
Student
13.27%
Instant Approval
28.00%