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Cities with the biggest, smallest credit card debt burdens
People on the coasts aren't known for frugal living, but when you consider their income, they carry the lightest credit card burden. More...
Privacy or rewards? Some card programs make you choose
Some banks won't let you fully participate in their rewards program if you opt out of them sharing your data. More...
How to get the best exchange rate while abroad
Credit and debit cards offer the best rates for purchases, but there are a few pitfalls to avoid. More...
‘Opening Credits’ by Erica Sandberg
Mom steals ID, racks up debt, ruins daughter's credit
Reluctant to turn in mom, daughter faces huge debt that she can't repay. More...
To Her Credit by Sally Herigstad
Secured card may be best when on fixed income
With a secured card, you can't spend more than what you can repay. More...
‘Cashing In’ by Tony Mecia
Changing your reward card when airlines shift strategies
It makes sense to monitor the companies connected to your credit card rather than get stuck with rewards you won't use. More...
Taking Charge Blog
Rate Report
Once the Fed raises rates, how soon will your card's APR go up?
When the Federal Reserve raises interest rates your credit card's APR is almost certainly going to go up. How quickly will they hit you? Your card agreement spells it out, and there are variations between banks. More...
'BWANMNP!' alarm reveals how strange chip cards remain
Just because a store customer has an EMV chip card doesn't mean he or she knows how to use it. Ditto the store personnel. A loud alarm hammered home that point. More...
Credit card rate report
As of 7/30/2015
National Average
15.00%
Low Interest
11.62%
Balance transfer
14.12%
Business
12.85%
Student
13.14%
Cash Back
15.27%
Reward
15.14%
Airline
15.10%
Bad Credit
22.73%
Instant Approval
18.00%