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Weekly newsletter: March 31, 2016

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8 embarrassing credit and debit card moments
Here are eight times when cardholders wished the ground would open up and suck them in. Try to learn from their mistakes, but if you slip up, you can laugh about it later. More...
The hard and fast rules of hard inquiries
Experts explain exactly how credit bureaus take hard inquiries in account when you apply for credit. More...
7 things you never budget for (but
need to)

There's always that surprise expense that you end up paying for with your credit card. Here are some common expenses to bookmark in your budget. More...
‘Opening Credits’ by Erica Sandberg
With high credit score, adding new travel card not a problem
With responsible use, adding another card to your arsenal has advantages. More...
Credit Smart by Susan Keating
If buying a home soon, handle old debt with care
How you deal with creditors can clean up your credit -- or send up red flags. More...
‘Cashing In’ by Tony Mecia
Getting the most out of multiple rewards cards
Which to use? Know your spending habits, and look at costs, benefits. More...
Taking charge blog
Rate Report
Millennials: Cards first, cash later (or never)
Young adults have grown up surrounded by digital devices. It's no wonder why many millennials prefer to just keep tabs on digital money. More...
Who is -- and isn't -- looking out for consumers
Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, called the director of the CFPB to a hearing last week to scold him for supposedly throwing his regulatory weight around. More...
Credit card rate report
As of 3/31/2016
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%