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Rebuilding bad credit in 5 really slow steps
Quick-fix solutions are as elusive as Bigfoot. Don't think of rebuilding as a race -- slow and steady changes are needed, and time and patience are your allies ... More
Five reasons there might be a hold on your gift card
Gift cards are convenient, but their funds can be held for various reasons. Knowing potential roadblocks can help you avoid embarrassing situations at the checkout ... More
With all the scams, are prepaid debit cards worth it?
Prepaid debit cards fill an important financial need for people without traditional bank accounts, but they have fewer protections and are prone to scams  ... More
‘Opening Credits’ by Erica Sandberg
Don't just transfer a balance, pay it down
It's worthwhile to transfer a balance if the only other card is a dud -- but do the math and have a plan to pay it down   ... More
‘To Her Credit’ by Sally Herigstad
Fighting garnishment of low wages for medical debt
A woman can avoid having her wages garnished to pay a medical bill because her earnings aren't high enough ... More
‘Let's Talk Credit’ by Jane McNamara
Authorized user backfire hurts son's credit score
Making their son an authorized user backfired after they lost their jobs. Now his plan to buy a house is in jeopardy ... More
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Video: Credit lessons we can learn from immigrants
Although many newcomers initially struggle to build credit, experts say immigrants often display behaviors we could do well to copy  ... More
Putting a fraud alert to the test
After someone tried to hijack blogger Fred Williams' credit card, he put up a red flag in the credit system by filing an initial fraud alert. Here's how the alert fights identity theft ... More
Credit card rate report
As of 5/15/2014
National Average
15.01%
Business
12.80%
Low Interest
10.37%
Balance Transfer
12.64%
Cash Back
14.84%
Reward
14.97%
Bad Credit
22.73%
Airline
15.30%
Student
13.27%
Instant Approval
28.00%
 
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