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What happens to card debt after death?
When someone dies with credit card debt, state laws and the original contract terms dictate who owes, and what must be paid ... More
Credit cards that offer free credit scores
Issuers are under regulatory pressure to provide free credit scores to customers. Here is a snapshot of programs at major card issuers ... More
9 smartphone apps to help you with your taxes
You can estimate your taxes, track donations, check the status of your refund, find the answer to a tax question and, yes, even file a simple tax return from your smartphone ... More
‘Opening Credits’ by Erica Sandberg
Son uses dad's card after he dies
Believing the card he shared with his dad was a joint account, he kept using it after dad's death. But he was just an authorized user, so is he liable for the debt? ... More
‘To Her Credit’ by Sally Herigstad
Disabled? How to discharge federal student loans
After receiving her degree 10 years ago, medical issues kept her from pursuing her career. Now 65, she owes big, and worries about repayment ... More
‘Let's Talk Credit’ by Jane McNamara
Shield your credit from partner's woes
Granting authorized user status to a partner who later goes bankrupt won't risk your credit, but joint accounts will ... More
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MasterCard wants to know where you are
The global payments firm MasterCard says that if it knows where you are, it can help protect you from data theft -- and send you targeted coupons ... More
It's not you, it's your credit score
Maybe that first date outfit isn't so important after all. It's that three-digit credit score number that has fast become more important than your bright smile and charming personality for landing a second date with your love interest ... More
Credit card rate report
As of 3/6/2014
National Average
15.01%
Business
12.98%
Low Interest
10.33%
Balance Transfer
12.66%
Cash Back
14.71%
Reward
15.03%
Bad Credit
22.73%
Airline
15.30%
Student
13.27%
Instant Approval
28.00%