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See ID debate
Can retailers ask for ID with credit card purchases?
Merchant requests to verify your ID with a card purchase are intended to protect you from fraud, but some argue you're safer if you don't play along ... More
Mysterious 'Tips for Jesus' patron leaves behind enormous tips
Wait staffs across the U.S. have been delighted by an anonymous customer with a credit card and a taste for outrageous generosity ... More
Found a lost credit card? Careful!
Good Samaritans can actually make things worse if they take the wrong action. Read our surprising list of do's and don'ts for handling lost credit cards ... More
‘Opening Credits’ by Erica Sandberg
What kind of plastic can you get with 'fair' credit?
With FICO scores in the low 600s and numerous hard inquiries on his credit reports, will card issuers accept or reject his card application? More...
‘To Her Credit’ by Sally Herigstad
Resolve big debt before marriage
A couple wants to tie the knot, but his unpaid medical debt looms. Should they go ahead with wedding plans or delay until the debt is cleared?  More...
‘Cashing In’ by Cathleen McCarthy
Defaulting on your card may cost you your rewards points
Facing bankruptcy is never easy. But it can be even more heartbreaking if you'd hoped to soften the blow with a lot of rewards points.  More...
Blog: Taking Charge
Rate Report
Debt-averse millennials not so good at paying bills on time
A Nov. 20 report from the credit reporting agency Experian found that a substantial number of 20-something borrowers are lapsing on their bill payments -- and it's showing in their credit scores.  More...
Prices falling for cybercriminal supplies
Prices are falling for sensitive personal data, making identity thieves merry. But there are ways to thwart digital intruders, if you have cyber discipline. More...
Credit card rate report
As of 12/5/2013
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%