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Debt rises by 5 percent in top 20 US cities
A credit bureau's study shows borrowing is back on the rise in 19 of the 20 biggest U.S. cities, with Dallas and Houston leading the way ... More
Fed takes poor GDP in stride, leaves interest rate outlook unchanged
The Federal Reserve maintained its course toward higher interest rates in 2015, downplaying a poor first-quarter showing by the economy ... More
Applying for a credit card? Your odds for approval
Thinking of applying for a card? The odds off having your application approved depend on the issuer, the card and your credit score  ... More
‘Opening Credits’ by Erica Sandberg
During Chapter 13 bankruptcy, secured cards tough to get
Banks may reject even a secured card application while you're under restrictions of a Chapter 13 bankruptcy   ... More
‘To Her Credit’ by Sally Herigstad
Divorced woman still cleaning up ex's financial mess
Five years after their breakup, a womank is trying to see if she can undo the financial damage her ex dumped on her ... More
‘Let's Talk Credit’ by Jane McNamara
Big bill, small credit limit: Know your options
In one hand is a big bill; in the other, an offer for a credit card with a 0 percent interest rate, but too small a limit ... More
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Credit card fraud hits home -- my home
Suddeny, hacking isn't an amorphous, computerized problem that affects other people -- someone had had me, giving me a first-hand lesson in fraud, writes Fred Williams  ... More
5 steps to take before next data breach
Target. Michael's. Neiman-Marcus. Heartbleed. With so many frightening stories of fraud, you may feel powerless. But you can do more than you realize ... More
Credit card rate report
As of 5/1/2014
National Average
15.00%
Business
12.80%
Low Interest
10.37%
Balance Transfer
12.64%
Cash Back
14.84%
Reward
14.96%
Bad Credit
22.73%
Airline
15.30%
Student
13.27%
Instant Approval
28.00%