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Weekly newsletter: June 25, 2015

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Are you living with an identity thief?
Deleted computer search histories and mysterious packages arriving in the mail are two signs that can point to a fraudster living under your roof. More...
For uncontrolled spending, cash-only may be the right lifestyle
Despite the benefits of credit cards -- convenience, purchase guarantees and rewards -- plastic is simply too convenient for some consumers to handle. If you're one of them, it may be time to switch to a cash-only lifestyle. More...
Rebuilding credit? Semisecured card may help
A semisecured card offers better terms than a secured card and can be a good steppingstone on the road to a conventional credit card. More...
‘Opening Credits’ by Erica Sandberg
Score impact of maxing out 3rd line of credit
Maxing out credit cards is never a good idea, but if you pay them off quickly, your score will rebound. More...
Cashing In by Tony Mecia
Will paying my utility bill on credit earn me points?
If you always pay off your balance, it makes sense to put all your expenses on your card -- provided you won't incur fees. More...
‘To Her Credit’ by Sally Herigstad
Don't ignore divorce decree debt mandate
If the court says you're liable for a debt, even if the bank says you're not, pay up or expect to face a contempt charge. More...
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Rate Report
It's time to graduate from student card
"Holding onto a student credit card almost two years after graduating from college is starting to feel like I'm holding onto a security blanket," writes Sienna Kossman. "It's time to graduate to a mature credit card." More...
3 startups offer fast-cash loans
If you can't qualify for a low-rate credit card or personal loan, a payday loan may seem like the only option. But a number of startups are introducing tools for consumers in a cash crunch and, in some cases, offering low-rate loans. More...
Credit card rate report
As of 6/25/2015
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%