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Weekly newsletter: March 3, 2016

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New lenders shun FICO, create their own scores
Some lenders are rejecting traditional credit scores -- such as those from FICO or VantageScore -- and are creating their own scoring algorithms. More...
Financial management tips for after a loved one dies
When a loved one dies, things like paying the bills can fall to the wayside. More...
Video: Digital fingerprints can be hacked, too
No system is foolproof, but fingerprint hacking is an unlikely target for identity thieves. More...
‘Opening Credits’ by Erica Sandberg
Charging after bankruptcy filing can backfire
Racking up card charges during a time of repayment can lead to trouble. More...
Credit Wise by Kevin Weeks
If health problems strike, ask for hardship rate reduction
Avoid a settlement if you can; its credit score impact lingers. More...
‘Cashing In’ by Tony Mecia
Consider award availability before selecting travel card
If you know where you want to travel, see which airlines offer the most award seats before applying for a travel card. More...
Taking charge blog
Rate Report
Regulators build fast lane for 'new money' ideas
“Old money is stuck in the past,” PayPal's Super Bowl ad declared. But if old money is stuck in the past, so is money law. More...
MasterCard to debut 'selfie' payment verification
Forget fumbling with a password to secure an online payment. MasterCard is launching a simpler way for you to secure and verify your purchases. More...
Credit card rate report
As of 3/3/2016
National Average
15.16%
Low Interest
11.96%
Balance transfer
14.36%
Business
13.12%
Student
13.42%
Cash Back
15.21%
Reward
15.26%
Airline
15.17%
Bad Credit
22.56%
Instant Approval
18.04%