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Weekly newsletter: March 26, 2015

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not-your-debt
Paying your debts is honorable, and usually a legal requirement, but there exceptions when it can be erased, or it wasn't really yours to start with ... (See More)
Cyberthieves are plundering loyalty program websites, grabbing your rewards points and a treasure trove of personal information that can put your identity at risk ... (See More)
Using plastic is one of many IRS tax payment options, and while it's convenient, watch out: The fees will likely outweigh any rewards ... (See More)
‘To Her Credit’ by Sally Herigstad
An incomplete tax form and an old charged-off debt may cause mortgage underwriters to turn down your home loan application. More...
‘Credit Wise’ by Kevin Weeks
If that $300 "starter card" you got as a credit whippersnapper hasn't evolved with you, get rid of it and enjoy the benefits that come with a higher-limit grown-up card. More...
‘Opening Credits’ by Erica Sandberg
You may have been raised to believe that cards can lead to a life of debt, but if you handle them responsibly, they are great tools to build a positive credit rating. More...
It's now easier than ever to see your credit score for free thanks to a growing number of credit card providers offering free scores. But according to a study from the credit bureau TransUnion, access hasn't brought clarity. ... More
"The convenience checks from my credit union arrived just as I'd been musing about all the things we could do or buy once our savings account again reached critical mass," writes blogger Karen Queen. "Temptation beckoned, but then I remembered that convenience comes at a cost." ...  More
As of 3/26/2015
National Average
14.90%
Low Interest
11.62%
Balance transfer
14.04%
Business
12.85%
Student
13.14%
Cash Back
15.28%
Reward
15.04%
Airline
15.10%
Bad Credit
22.48%
Instant Approval
17.93%