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Magnetic stripe begins its farewell tour
Like paper maps and clamshell phones, the magnetic stripes on the back of credit cards have started sliding into obsolescence. How soon will they disappear? More...
Personal loans surge into mainstream
Looking for an alternative to credit cards, and unable to tap into equity in your home? You may be able to join the surge of consumers powering the demand for personal loans. More...
Survey: Slower EMV chip card transactions irk shoppers
Nearly one in five respondents said using the more secure cards takes too long, and frustration is likely to grow during the holiday shopping season. More...
‘Cashing In’ by Tony Mecia
Weighing rewards cards in aftermath of airline changes
With airlines overhauling their frequent flier programs, we help you evaluate which card makes more sense for you. More...
Speaking of Credit by Barry Paperno
Immigrant seeks to build good credit faster
With basics mastered, it's time to make mid-course corrections. More...
‘Opening Credits’ by Erica Sandberg
Rehabilitating student loan won't raise score immediately
It takes seven years to erase the credit score damage of a default, but  the benefits begin right away. More...
Taking Charge blog
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Data breach victims more likely to sign up for fraud protection
Not surprisingly, many victims of big data breaches are far more interested in protecting their identities and using security protections that they previously ignored. More...
Last 4 digits of your Social Security number are all ID thieves need
According to a Carnegie Mellon University study, predicting the first five digits of your Social Security number is fairly easy. If you hand over the last four to a sophisticated criminal, you could hand him all he needs. More...
Credit card rate report
As of 12/03/2015
National Average
14.96%
Low Interest
11.62%
Balance transfer
14.07%
Business
12.85%
Student
13.14%
Cash Back
15.27%
Reward
15.09%
Airline
14.91%
Bad Credit
22.73%
Instant Approval
18.00%