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Weekly newsletter: February 18, 2016

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When good credit marries bad, it takes work
There's nothing wrong with marrying your financial opposite, but you don't want your intended's happy-go-lucky approach or credit struggles to wreck your financial future. More...
Oil-patch states see rise in loan delinquencies
The number of Americans with a credit card recently reached a new high. Delinquencies are rising, however, especially in states where energy industry workers are taking a hit.  More...
Video: Chapter 7 vs. Chapter 13 bankruptcy
If you’re considering filing for bankruptcy, it's essential to know the difference between Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. More...
‘Credit Wise’ by Kevin Weeks
Before you charge, have a plan to pay off your debt
Yes, you can buy now, pay later. But know the consequences. More...
Opening Credits by Erica Sandberg
Do you list gross or net income on card applications?
Issuers want to see your gross income, among other items.  More...
‘Cashing In’ by Tony Mecia
Downgrading rewards card? You may be eligible for sign-up bonus
If one card becomes too costly, consider applying for less costly versions -- you might even score a sign-up bonus. More...
Taking charge blog
Rate Report
Bad manners! Restaurants encourage double-tipping
Despite the IRS cracking down on the way automatic gratuities are treated, some restaurants haven’t been deterred and are still adding gratuities to the bill, whether you’re dining alone or in a big group. More...
Fintech ideas may help struggling borrowers
As new technology continues to make it cheaper to provide alternative financial services, a chorus of groups feel that building an affordable financial product that improves people’s lives is not only possible, it’s profitable.  More...
Credit card rate report
As of 2/18/2016
National Average
15.16%
Low Interest
11.96%
Balance transfer
14.35%
Business
13.12%
Student
13.42%
Cash Back
15.20%
Reward
15.25%
Airline
15.17%
Bad Credit
22.56%
Instant Approval
18.02%